The handset will be built with a basic set of features, including FM radio, have a screen slightly smaller than five inches and be priced at less than
"We are going to be launching it around the world, but will launch in
The news came a day after
The Android One initiative sets out to work with smartphone makers and others in the "ecosystem" to pool resources and standardise hardware platforms to provide "turnkey solutions" for making handsets.
"There are many people - billions of people, in fact - who still don't have access to a smartphone," he said.
"We want to change that."
Low-cost phones powered by Android have proven popular in developing markets, but have been vexed by "fragmentation" because handset makers customise the software to suit different hardware or set themselves apart from rivals. The variations result in popular third-party applications typically not working across the array of Android devices, frustrating users who want the latest fun, hip or helpful mobile mini-program.
Android One software for low-priced smartphones in emerging countries could bring some consistency across devices, according to
"It is going to be a long, tough road to have an impact there; it is going to take years to bring the next two to three billion people on to the internet."
Handsets will be made by
"We've long wondered what potential could be unleashed if people everywhere had access to the latest technology and the world's information," Pichai said. "It's time to find out."
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