Google to launch US$100 smartphone in Africa

Google-office-bubbletea1An estimated one billion people currently use phones running Google’s Android software. (Image source: bubbletea1)Google has announced it will roll out its latest smartphone in Africa, the Android One, which will use stock version of Android

The device was given the name after the company’s mobile operating system Android and will set back customers less than US$100, Google said.

An estimated one billion people currently use phones running Google’s Android software, stated Sundar Pichai, leader of Google’s Android division, at the company’s I/O conference in San Francisco.

“Our goal is to reach the next five billion people in the world,” said Pichai.

“In India and other countries like that, it’s disappointing that less than 10 per cent of the population have access to smartphones.”

The device has a 4.5-inch built in screen, dual SIM card slots, an SD memory card slot and an FM radio, Google revealed.

Similair to other initiatives by Google and its competitors to spread access to computing and the Internet in developing countries, Android One aims help bring a new customer base online in Africa, Google said.

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