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Google unveils first set of Android One handsets; Adds 9 new partners

Google has officially launched the first set of smartphones through its Android One initiative that was introduced in Google I/O 2014 earlier this year. These phones are built in partnership with Indian handset makers like Micromax, Karbonn & Spice* and chipmaker Mediatek. For the uninitiated, Android One is an initiative though which Google is looking to push low-cost Android smartphones to the market in a bid to reach out to the next billion users in emerging markets. Through this, Google will be creating a set of hardware reference platforms, identifying smartphone components and pre-qualifying vendors for those parts so that they can offer OEMs with turnkey solutions to build smartphones. In terms of software, all the phones will feature stock Android with regular software updates, just like Nexus and Google Play edition devices. Google mentions that these phones will automatic Android updates for up to 2 years. More on that here.…

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