Google tries to break the African markets with its Android One devices, highly affordable pieces of technology. The first Android One smartphone for the new territories is being made by OEM Infinix and will launch in Nigeria today. Other countries like Kenya, Morocco, Egypt, Ghana and The Ivory Coast will also have the chance to lay their hands on one of Google’s consumer friendly devices. Google launches Android One devices in 6 African countries already and they will probably fill up the list with other areas that will benefit from extremely performant yet affordable technology.
The newly envisioned smartphone is also known as the Infinix HOT 2 and it runs on Andoid 5.1 but it will be upgraded to Android Marshmallow once the OS will be officially released.
Google is putting efforts to spread pieces of high technology in less privileged corners of the world. Their Android One project has started two years ago, when Google released an official announcement, stating that it will be partnering with three hardware manufacturers, namely Spice, Micromax and Karbonn, in order to bring affordable, Android software smartphones to India. After India, countries like Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were to be followed.
The new device will be sold at a most affordable price, users will find it at under $90. The handset is designed with a quad-core MediaTek CPU, 1GB RAM and 16GB of storage. Users will also find a microSD dualSIM card slot inside the phone’s structure.
When it comes to the photo features, consumers have an 8MP primary camera along with a 2 megapixel front facer. The display is wide enough, you will do your thing on a 5-inch HD screen and a 2.200 mAh battery.
African countries have a special taste for luxurious items, hence HOT 2 will be available in a premium edition with a gold paint job that comes with 2GB RAM, instead of 1GB imagined for the standard edition.
However, Google constantly tries to reduce smartphone hardware costs, by identifying specific components that will be used, along with pre-qualifying suppliers for the spare parts. Software wise, it offers OEMs access to the Play Store in order to help them add locally useful apps to the devices, as well as automating software updates.
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