If there’s one thing that endears Google to the masses, it’s how it proves to consistently make things better for the less privileged. Efforts to offer services for free have not gone unnoticed. Google’s recent project has something to do with delivering cheap Android handsets to the people, as if Android phones and tablets aren’t cheap enough.
Google’s idea of a better Android experience for the masses is Android One. It is an initiative to bring cheap phones to as many people as possible, with an extra effort to bring down costs related to device usage.
Android One reduces data costs by introducing features like offline playback on YouTube and data compression on the Google Chrome browser. In addition to these features, Android One users will also be able to download and install Android updates over the air for free on Smart and Sun Cellular networks. Android One also allows the free download of some Google Play apps in the first few months.
Google has partnered with Cherry Mobile and MyPhone in its Android One efforts in the Philippines. The first devices to offer the Android One experience are the Cherry Mobile One and the MyPhone Uno. These phones will run on Android Lollipop out of the box and will be priced below Php5,000.
Watch this promo video for Android One.