Google's Android One initiative launches in India with three $100 phones

Google has just unveiled the three new smartphones based on the previously announced Android One initiative at an event in New Delhi, India. Android One was the company's solution to cut down development time for low-cost handsets and was announced back in June at the Google I/O conference. The three new handsets are the Spice Android One Dream UNO Mi-498, the Micromax Canvas A1 and the Karbonn Sparkle V.

The phones share similar specifications -- 4.5-inch FWVGA display with a 854x480-pixel resolution, quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek processor, dual-SIM capability, 1GB RAM and 4GB of onboard storage alongside a microSD card slot for expandability. There's a rear 5-megapixel camera and a removable 1,700mAh battery as well.

As all three smartphones are based on the Android One platform, this means that Google has designed the phone's minimum hardware requirements to keep its retail price to around $100. Furthermore, Android One phones will run stock Android like the Nexus line of devices. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that all three phones are ridiculously cheap. The new Android One devices come with a starting price of Rs 6,399 ($100, £65, AU$115), though some models may cost around $10 more. The phones will feature support for Hindi, a language used by 40 percent of the population in India, and this includes voice commands.

The Spice Android One Dream UNO is one of the first three Android One devices. Spice

The Spice Android One Dream UNO is one of the first three Android One devices. Spice

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