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For the Next Five Billion: Android One

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1.75 billion people around the world currently have a smartphone, but the majority of the world’s —over five billion more—do not have a smart phone nor access to the internet. This also means most people are only able to make simple voice calls, rather than connect with family through a live video chat, use mapping apps to find the closest hospital, or simply search the web. The people at I/O want to bring these experiences to more people.

###That’s where Android One comes in

##BUT
There are three big reasons why it’s hard for people in countries such as India, Indonesia or the Philippines to get their hands on a high-quality smartphone. *Hardware – Even entry-level smartphones still remain out of reach for many (bear in mind that in some of these countries the average monthly income is around 50).
*Access – Many people in these markets do not have access to the latest Android software and popular applications.
*Expense – Even where 3G and 4G networks are available, not enough people have phones that can support data and the plans can be expensive

>Android One aims to help tackle these challenges. By working closely with phone and silicon chip makers to share reference designs and select components, we’re making it easier for our partners to build phones that are not just great to use, but also affordable. They have lots of processing power, so you can get information quickly. They have high-quality front- and rear-facing cameras. And for all those pictures, along with your apps and videos, Android One phones will have expandable storage. We also added features that people in India will find particularly useful, like dual SIM cards, a replaceable battery and built-in FM radio.

[SOURCE](http://officialandroid.blogspot.com/2014/09/for-next-five-billion-android-one.html)

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