Google has announced the launch of its Android One initiative in Indonesia, today. Google, however, is yet to announce a date for the release of the Android One smartphones in the country. Google has revealed Evercoss, Mito and Nexian as its OEM partners for the Indonesian market.
The Android One smartphones launching in Indonesia will run the latest Android Lollipop build, 5.1, which hasn’t yet been officially previewed. The Indonesian site for Android One has a bunch of references to the as yet unannounced version of Android ahead of the launch of three Android One handsets in that country.
Images of the device hitting Indonesia has appeared online, in which the software running on the Android One device is Android 5.1.
Announcing the news on the official Google Asia Pacific blog, titled “Selamat datang Android One – high-quality, affordable smartphones coming to Indonesia”, Google’s Caesar Sengupta, Vice President of Product Management said, “In Indonesia, we’re working with leading partners Evercoss, Mito and Nexian to make high-quality smartphones for less than IDR 1.5 million.
As for specifications, the Evercoss One X, Mito Impact, and Nexian Journey handsets will come with identical specifications as the Karbonn Sparkle V, Micromax Canvas A1, and Spice Dream Uno. They will feature a 4.5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) display; 1.3GHz quad-core processor; 1GB of RAM; 8GB of built-in storage; expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB); Dual SIM (Micro SIMs) support; 5-megapixel rear camera; 2-megapixel front camera, and 1700mAh battery.
The company alongside also revealed plans to offer affordable data costs in Indonesia. Sengupta added, “Along with Android One, we’re also working to reduce data costs for people in Indonesia. Our data compression feature on Android One’s Chrome browser helps compress the amount of data flowing between the phone and the Internet.”
Google has tied up with Indonesian telecom provider Telkomsel to offer reduced data costs on Android One phones. As a promotional offer, the Android One users will be receiving free over-the-air (OTA) updates and free 200MB per month of app downloads from Google Play for the first six months.