Google Rolls Out $105 Android One Smartphone in India

Tech giant Google has unveiled a smartphone platform that aims to win over masses of people it has never reached before -- Android One phones are rolling out in India at a cost of $105.

Google first announced the initiative at its annual Google I/O developers' conference in June. The idea is to manufacture high-quality smartphones that are as accessible to as many people in as many places as possible. ItEUs all about knowledge -- and offering access to knowledge -- over an Internet connection on a smartphone.

Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome & Apps at Google, said knowledge is a game changer and heEUs inspired by the Internet and how it opens doors to opportunity. Google Search offers the same information to a Nobel Laureate at a world-class research center as it does to a young student at a rural school in Indonesia, he said.

Tackling Smartphone Challenges

EUIf we look at how people are getting online and accessing information today, increasingly itEUs through a smartphone. While 1.75 billion people around the world already have a smartphone, the vast majority of the worldEUs population -- over 5 billion more -- do not,EU Pichai said.

EUThat means most people are only able to make simple voice calls, rather than connect with family through a live video chat, use mapping apps to find the closest hospital, or simply search the Web. We want to bring these experiences to more people,EU he added.

Android One addresses what Pichai sees as the three big reasons itEUs hard for people in countries like India, the Philippines or Indonesia to get their hands on high-quality smartphones. The first obstacle is the hardware. Pichai explains: EUEven entry-level smartphones still remain out of reach for many -- bear in mind that in some of these countries the average monthly...

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