According to a report from The Economic Times, the next wave of Android One devices is due out on July 14th in India-and they’ll cost a lot more than the original versions.
Unlike the previous Android One devices where the vendors were not involved in the design and development of the smartphones, this time, it will be manufactured by Lava, in collaboration with the chipset maker MediaTek.
There hasn’t been too much demand for the first Android One phones which were made by Micromax, Karbonn and Spice. The buzz around the water cooler is that Google improved the specs for the Android One handsets, with apps and services developed by both the search giant and Lava. Android One was devised as a set of specifications that allowed companies to build cheap devices that run smoothly on the operating system and get direct updates from Google. According to source quoted in the ET report, in the first phase partners just rebranded devices from Chinese ODMs and had no say in the hardware or software, but the situation will be different this time.
Additionally, expect some major tweaks in software as well, as Google along with Lava has reportedly made important changes on the software front to meet the specs requirements for the phone.
Google, however, is back with the second generation Android One smartphone, which will be launched this month in India. MediaTek will still be providing the SoC but the phone will also come with 2GB of RAM and a larger 5-inch display, although we don’t know at what resolution.
Google India declined to comment.
This time, however, Lava is expected to have a greater say, and along with Google, it will ensure that the new phone is available online as well as in physical retail stores, the paper reported. Nexus is Google’s own brand of smartphone and tablets.
The company’s other two partners on the project in India, Xolo and Intex, don’t have any imminent plans to launch Android One devices.
Apart from the Indian market, Google has so far launched Android One smartphones in countries including Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Philippines and Turkey. The initiative was initially aimed to provide affordable smartphones “to as many people as possible”.