CHEAP SMARTPHONES FOR EMERGING MARKETS
While Google has hit some impressive stats, including 1 billion active users, 20 billion texts and 93 million selfies a day, Android Chief, Sundar Pichai, noted that that only covers a fraction of the world’s population. As such, Google will be ramping up its efforts to reach people who so far haven’t been able to afford a smartphone. Google’s new Android One reference platform is designed specifically for developing markets, and uses stock Android and low-cost parts. Pichai showed off an example developed by Micromax, which has a 4.5-inch display, dual SIM card slots and an FM radio, all for under US$100.