Android One has come to another Asian country – Pakistan, with the launch of the QMobile A1 smartphone. In a blog post, Google said that consumers will be able to buy one of these new handsets for 11,500 PKR (around $110 USD) immediately.
But what is Android One? Android One is a list of competitive specifications that will allow any OEM to build at low cost affordable smartphones with up-to-date hardware. These devices will run stock Android and receive updates direct from Google, although vendors can add their own apps if they choose.
Android One launched in Pakistan
QMobile’s new smartphone comes with Android 5.1.1 and has a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor with 1 GB of RAM and a 1,700 mAh battery. Additionally, it has a 4.5-inch IPS display, a 5 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera and dual SIM support. It also has 8 GB of built-in storage but can be expanded up to an additional 32 GB via a micro SD card.
As is the case with all Android One certified devices, the software is pure Google and that means Google can deliver updates as soon as they are ready. Like the Nexus lineup, Google has much more power over updates and new features. It definitely helps avoid the situation where low-end devices moan and groan under the weight of too much bloatware installed by their manufacturers (you may be interested to know that Samsung is being taken to court in China because of such bloatware).
Now that the QMobile A1 is available in Pakistan, we might eventually see the device in Thailand. Nevertheless, there are bound to be more Android One-certified devices appearing in the Land of Smiles over the coming year.