Google to roll out Android One in Africa
Google has announced that Android One is expanding to Africa. The program, aimed at making "high-quality smartphones accessible to as many people as possible," will roll-out in Nigeria next, with the launch of the Infinix Hot 2 smartphone. Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Egypt and Morocco will follow.
Android One was launched in India last year. By working with phone manufacturers, chip-makers and networks, Google says it can provide affordable, high-quality smartphones to people who may not otherwise get easy access to one. Android One handsets have affordable data plans, phones with longer than average battery lives and quick settings for conserving data.
Google's Africa launch partner Infinix is a Hong Kong-based company that was founded in 2013, which Google describes as "one of the hottest, fastest growing smartphone brands in Africa." The Hot 2 has a quad-core MediaTek processor, 1 GB of memory and dual SIM support. The device is being rolled out running Android Lollipop, with a commitment to being upgraded to the next version of of Android.
The Hot 2 is available in Nigeria from today through retail outlets and online at a recommended retail price of ₦17,500 (about US$88). Google says the phone will be made available in other countries over the coming weeks.