During today’s Google I/O 2014 keynote event we saw Android One being launched, together with a few affordable devices associated to it. Sundar Pichai, the head of Android and Chrome unveiled the project, a platform that will debut in India through 3 local device makers.
The 3 are Karbonn, Micromax and Spice and this program started by Google will help its OEM partners, by saving money and time that’s required to develop products and integrate components for the latest Android to run. Android One is a platform tailored to affordable devices and it will always bring them up to date, software-wise. Thus there will be an ecosystem to standardize all hardware platforms.
Also, through this platform Google will be able to set a minimum standard of features for smartphones, with their prices being under $100 easily. In the meantime, the same devices will be updated regularly. One of the first Android One devices will be made by Micromax and feature dual SIM slots, a 4.5 inch display, FM radio and a microSD card slot. I’m pretty sure that tablets will follow the same route soon.