Debut Android One smartphones now expected in India in September

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android-oneGoogle may have had but a few specifics to share back at I/O in June regarding the daring Android One initiative, but as the ultra-affordable Nexus alternatives drew near to their introductions, details vis-à-vis timelines and specs piled up.

Only as it turns out, some of the leaked intel wasn’t entirely accurate. For instance, the October deadline that at least two different sources hinted at is unlikely to be met. Fret not though, as India Today says it’ll actually be predated, with a trio of Android Ones headed for India as soon as September.

These are manufactured by key local players Micromax, Karbonn and Spice in compliance with Google’s strict guidelines, and on board you’ll find a very close to stock Android experience. Big G will then handle any and all software updates, vowing to roll them out in a timely fashion, likely at around the same time as higher-end, costlier Nexuses are bumped up.

It all sounds too good to be true, particularly the $100 price limit set by the search giant, and as such, don’t act shocked when hearing reality may look a tad different from fantasy. Namely, it appears as if Google’s hardware-making partners are pushing to have the retail cost bar heightened to $150 or so.

They’re also insisting on being allowed to keep their companies’ identities intact, and tweak hardware and software at will to encourage product uniqueness. Still, there’s not a lot of wiggle room in the low-end price range, so all in all, members of the Android One program are expected to feature KitKat, dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 200 processors, 1 GB RAM, 4.5-inch qHD screens and 5 MP rear cameras.

Via [India Today]

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