New low-costphone program in 6 African countries by Google

Google’s Android One program for affordable smartphones is expanding to a whole new continent: Africa.


Google Inc., now a subsidiary of Alphabet, announced on Tuesday that it’ll be making its affordable smartphone offering – ‘Android One’ to six African countries. Google has joined hands with Infinix, who’ll be offering the phone at about $87 in Kenya, Nigeria, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Egypt. The duo has already worked on the ‘Hot 2′ as a part of its Android One initiative debuted in India last year.

The phone announced Tuesday is made by Infinix and will cost about $87. It will be sold in stores in Nigeria and offered by online retailer Jumia in five other countries: Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, and Morocco. Infinix worked with Google on the “Hot 2” phone as part of a program called Android One that made its debut in India last year.

 The device comes with a quad-core MediaTek processor and 1GB of RAM. It’s available in black, white, red blue and gold colors (with gold featuring 2GB of RAM).Of course, the device is running Google’s latest OS, a stock build of Android Lollipop 5.1.1.

Meanwhile, Google seems all geared to launch the next iteration of its Android OS later this fall. Android’s VP of engineering David Burke ended all speculation about the mysterious ‘M’ in the forthcoming Android update. On Monday, Burke broke the news via his Twitter account that the next iteration of its OS will be dubbed as Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

The price for the Hot 2 is a steep markdown from other smartphones equipped with Android’s newest software. For instance, prices for Samsung Electronics newest Android phones to be released this month will cost from about $700 (roughly Rs. 45,500) to more than $800 (roughly Rs. 52,000) without a wireless contract.

Android One was launched in India last September as a way to help bring smartphones to regions where it’s normally difficult to buy a decent one for an affordable price. It has since expanded to other parts of Asia and Europeas well.


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