After launching the Android One brand in India earlier this year (September 2014), Google is now expanding the devices to other south Asian markets, namely Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
This will be allowing customers to experience the capabilities of a modern smartphone with standardized specs and the latest version of the Android OS at a low cost — typically around $100.
Besides Micromax, Karbonn and Spice from India, Bangladeshi manufacturer Symphony will also begin retailing Android One devices, beginning with its Road A50.
The Mountain View giant’s VP, Product Management, Caesar Sengupta, does mention the launch of the Spice Dream Uno H though, the Hindi-language variant of the Indian firm’s first Android One offering.
Sengupta adds, “we’re taking another step toward reaching the next five billion people: in the coming weeks, the Android One devices will start to go on sale in India’s neighboring countries of Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
There has been no precise availability date set for any of the new markets, but devices will be out “in the coming weeks.”
With more hardware and carriers launching Android One phones in more countries, we’re excited to see the diverse array of devices our partners will offer in 2015 and beyond. Nonetheless, this is good news as many more people will soon have access to high-quality, affordable Android devices.