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Android One project ensures that 5 billion users get VoIP connectivity

October 22, 2014 by Omar Sohail

Google’s latest project revolves around connecting users with inexpensive devices with satisfactory performance for VoIP connectivity and engaging in the internet

Even though Google has several projects that will be labelled as ambitious one by critics; the company’s latest venture happens to be making attempts to make sure that 5 billion people are able to get connected to the World Wide Web and to the prospect of making free international VoIP calls at unbelievable savings. In order to do this, Google’s Android One project is going to partner itself with several local smartphone vendors to form a coalition in order to release extremely cost effective Android operated mobile devices for those individuals who cannot to afford to cast away money on an expensive or even a mid – ranged smartphone.

Details of the Android One project

While making calls of the internet has become ubiquitous, thanks to high speed internet and mobile connectivity rates being offered at extremely competitive rates, one major hurdle that prevents users from taking advantage of high speed internet connectivity is the price of mobile devices. According to the Android One Project details, the devices will be carrying a starting price tag of $103, and will increase depending on the overall performance, vendor requirements and technical specifications of the device. Three Android One smartphones have already been released in India, courtesy of three local mobile manufacturers whose device names and details have been presented below:

  • Karbon Sparkle V
  • Micromax Canvas A1
  • Spice Dream UNO

As for the technical and pricing details; they have been provided in the table below:

 

Karbon Sparkle V

 

Micromax Canvas A1

 

Spice Dream UNO

 

Chipset and processor

MediaTek MT6582 SoC with 1.3 GHz quad core Cortex A7 CPU

MediaTek MT6582 SoC with 1.3 GHz quad core Cortex A7 CPU

MediaTek MT6582 SoC with 1.3 GHz quad core Cortex A7 CPU

RAM (GB)

1

1

1

Screen size (inches)

4.5

4.5

4.5

Resolution (Pixels)

850 x 480

850 x 480

850 x 480

Internal Storage (GB)

4

4

4

Expandable memory limit (GB)

32

32

32

Camera

5 megapixel rear, 2 megapixel rear

5 megapixel rear, 2 megapixel rear

5 megapixel rear, 2 megapixel rear

GPU

Mali 400 MP2 GPU

Mali 400 MP2 GPU

Mali 400 MP2 GPU

Battery size (mAh)

1,700

1,700

1,700

Price

$103

$105

$106

OS version

4.4.4

4.4.4

4.4.4

Wireless connectivity

802.11 n and 3G

802.11 n and 3G

802.11 n and 3G

CONNECTIVITY

While the specifications of these devices is not earth shattering enough to attract the attention of the higher tier smartphone users, the price tag coupled with a confirmed Android L operating system update will make these phones a ‘definite steal’ of a mobile product. For the price tag of not more than $106, users will finally be able to connect to the World Wide Web, along with making free international calls without draining their monetary funds. In addition, Google also has also partnered itself with Airtel, which is India's biggest mobile carrier. Users on Airtel will be able to download Android updates for free (without being charged for those data downloads with a maximum data cap of 200 megabytes) for the first six months.

If users want to save on their free data plan, they can also use that plan to use VoIP apps in places where there won’t be any available wireless hotspots. India is not going to be the only country where users will be able to enjoy reduced phone prices and mobile data perks. Indonesia, the Philippines and South Asia (which includes Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) will be bombarded with the Android One smartphones, along with other countries to follow the same suit in 2015.

Cheap International Calls

 

 

 

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