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Google Could Launch Cheap Android One Phone In The US

By Victor Thomson , Jan 19, 2017 03:28 AM EST
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People shopping for a new Android smartphone on a budget would be relieved to find out that they may get another Android option to choose from, as it is rumored that Google is planning to bring its super cheap Android One to the U.S.

Android One To Come On The US Market

According to Engadget, Android One will come to the United States. The report is based on the tech blog The Information. The rumors suggest that Google is preparing to release its super cheap mobile device on the U.S. market in order to gain market share among budget consumers.

According to CNET, the tech giant is making a name for itself in the high-end phone market with the launch of the $770 Pixel XL and $650 Google Pixel. But releasing its low-end Android One phone in the States would give Google an opportunity to gain ground on the budget phones market. Google's Android One family is composed of a variation of three Android devices released in India in the year 2014. Each smartphone model is selling for $100.

Android One Experience

With the bare-bones Android OS and minimal bloatware, Android One devices offer the Google experience in its purest form. Android One phones also come with the added benefit of getting early the new Android updates. In countries like Pakistan and India, Google partnered with local phone brands like Karbonn and Micromax in order to make the devices. For the U.S. is still unclear whether Google would work with well-known brands such as LG and HTC to make an Android One phone, or would make the phone in its own name as it did with the new Pixel phones.

According to Droid Life, the Android One devices for the U.S. market are rumored to arrive sometime in the next few months and to sell in the $200-$300 price range. That new price would still qualify as low-cost compared with the majority of smartphones on sale in the U.S. even if it is over twice as much as the original line of phones.

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