Android One Expanding to Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka
At Google I/O 2013, Google proudly announced that the Android operating system was continuing its rapid growth, passing one billion handset activations and holding more than an 80% mobile OS market share. Having already established itself in the developed countries, Google turned Android’s focus towards developing countries. At Google I/O 2014, the Android One initiative was announced. This program aimed to snag “the next billion” users in developing countries through the release of low cost, Google-managed handsets produced in collaboration with multiple OEMs.
The program was initially launched in India back in September, with devices from Micromax, Karbonn and Spice being the forerunners in the country, and earlier today, Google announced that Android One was taking the next step in the form of expansion to three new countries-Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The announcement states that Symphony will be the first Bangladeshi OEM partner for the program with the launch of the Roar A50 with Banglalink being the sole carrier partner, and goes on suggest that Micromax, Karbonn and Spice will also be making Android One devices for these programs.
No date was given for the expansion, with “in the coming weeks” being the timeframe. However, once carried out the expansion will allow users in these areas access to affordable, high quality devices.
[Source: Google Asia-Pacific blog]