It has finally come! Google launched today the Android One program in the Philippines. Android One is Google’s initiative to make great smartphones affordable for many specially in developing countries. Those smartphones would come with decent hardware and the newest version of Android close to owning a Nexus device.
Caesar Sengupta, Google Vice President of Product Management has revealed that local smartphone makers Cherry Mobile and MyPhone will be releasing the Cherry Mobile One and MyPhone Uno, respectively, as part of the Android One program:
the Cherry One and MyPhone Uno — will go on sale in the coming weeks, offering affordable phones with the latest version of Android (Lollipop), the fastest, most responsive Android experience ever.
Lollipop includes a battery saver feature, Google’s new material design look and feel and quick settings to conserve data. And these phones have great hardware features, including front- and rear-facing cameras, dual SIM slots and a microSD card slot for additional storage.
The phones would also come with free Over-the-Air (OTA) updates via Smart and Sun for the first six months so that users would always be updated with the latest apps and Android updates.
I’m pretty sure the Android One program will be a hit in the Philippines, I even look forward to more phones that will be part of this program.