Android One is a label that targets emerging markets. It specifies the minimum hardware requirements that a smartphone must have to be supported for 2 years by Google. This is one of the major opportunities for us in Mauritius. Some of you may think that it's too good to be true, but it exists, as I got myself an Android One phone !
Karbonn Sparkle V
I bought an android-one certified phone from an Indian Manufacturer Karbonn. Mine is the Karbonn Sparkle V. When I got it, It was still on Android 4.4. As soon as I configured the wifi, It offered the possibility to be updated to Android 5.0 . Many high end phones are still shipping with Android 4.4 today without any updates to Android 5.0.
- Display size: 4.5 inches
- CPU: Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7
- Internal memory : 2GB
- GPU: Mali-400MP2
- RAM: 1GB
- Camera (back): 5 MP, 2592 х 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
- Camera (front): 2MP
- GSM: 2G, 3G, 4G
Yesterday night, I updated to Android 5.1.1. UX-wise, the phone is very responsive, and snappy. My only complaint would be the lack of internal storage space. I think that 4GB would have been better. Another version of the Sparkle is currently brewing. I hope that Google bumps the hardware specs for the next Android One label. The price is very competitive: Rs 5700-5900 depending on where you buy it. Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase, and I definitely plan to buy another Android One phone at the end of this year.
Android One firmware
It is worth pointing out that Google offers 2 years of firmware update support. This is fantastic, as I get the equivalent of a Google Nexus phone, at a much more reasonable price. This is the major win for the Android One phones. Unlike manufacturers that tend to ignore firmware updates after 6 month, Google makes a smart move here.