Google brings Android One to the Philippines

Google Android One

Today, Google announced that smartphones from its Android One program – a global initiative to bring high-quality smartphones as many people as possible – will go on sale in the Philippines in the coming weeks. The Philippines is the sixty country to be included in the Android One program after India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia.

Google is working with two leading partners Cherry Mobile and MyPhone to bring Android One smartphones to the Philippines. The Cherry One and MyPhone Uno will be sold through retail stores across the country.

Android One phones in the Philippines will come with the latest and fastest version of Android (Lollipop) and will automatically update the new versions. Android Lollipop provides the fastest, most responsive Android experience ever – up to 2x better performance than the previous version. The battery saver feature can help to extend batteries up to 90 minutes. Android’s new look, material design, has responsive natural motion, realistic lighting and shadows, and bold, edge-to-edge graphics making experiences more beautiful. There are also quick settings to conserve data : it takes just to quick swipes to turn off data and check cameras as well as features particularly important to the Philippines such as dual sim slots, an FM radio tuner, and a micro SD card slot for additional storage.

Through Google Play, Android One phones have access to over 1 million apps that allow people to message friends, make video calls, socialize, check news and weather, and play games. Google apps such as GMail, Google Maps, YouTube, Google Search, and Google Translate come pre-loaded on the phones.

in conjunction with this launch, Smart and Sun will help Android One users get free over-the-air (OTA) updates to the Android operating system and certain amounts of app downloads from Google Play for the first six months – all without counting toward their mobile data plan. Globe will also be working with Android One to enable better access to the Internet through its robust network.

Google is working to reduce data costs for Android users in the Philippines. The data compression feature on Android One’s Chrome browser helps compress the amount of data flowing between the phone and the Internet. And the Philippines is one of the few countries where YouTube users can take videos offline to watch later during periods of low or be played back without an Internet connection up to 48 hours.

Caesar Sengupta, Google Vice President of Product Management, said “We are very happy to bring Android One smartphones to the Philippines. Working with great partners like Cherry Mobile and MyPhone, we have designed and brought to market these high quality smartphones at highly affordable prices. We cannot wait to see what Filipinos do with them”.

Please note that the phones will receive free updates for up to 2 years.

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