Google expands its niche of consumers by breaking into new markets, in an attempt to gain more reach and offer a diversified range of individuals the chance to own advanced pieces of technology. African countries are known to be far from the privilege of affording expensive devices, reason why Google has thought of a handset exclusively addressed to these markets.
Android One phones were first revealed last year in June, during Google’s annual I/O developer conference. The Android One phones run a stock version of Android and are exclusively designed for emerging markets. Google is performing constant check-up activities in order to accurately control the update process and ensure the devices remain up-to-date, and each phone comes loaded with local language support.
The Android One device available on African markets is made by Hong Kong based Infix Company and will be released under the name of Hot 2. For the time being, the device will be available in Nigeria at exclusive retail outlets, via Jumia, an online vendor. The price of it is extremely affordable, as the Google guys have wanted it to be. Hot 2 will be sold for only $88. Other countries like Ghana, Egypt, Morocco and Kenya will have the chance to get their hands on the device pretty soon.
Hot 2 has dual-SIM slots, a quad-core Media Tek processor, an FM radio tuner and 16 GB internal memory. There is also a premium version for the handset, with 2GB memory, available in gold shades. Colors available are blue, red, black and white. Quite a diversity for such and affordable handset!
In terms of resolution, the phone has a 5 inch display with 1.280 x 720 resolution, as well as a 2 megapixel camera on the front side of it. The backside of the device hosts an 8 megapixel camera.
Furthermore, a quad-core 1.3 GHz MediaTek processor will power the device and when it comes to memory functions and capacities, Hot 2 offers 16 GB of expandable storage. It runs on vanilla Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and Google promises to upgrade the OS to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, once it will be officially released.
Google is also expected to launch an offline feature for YouTube in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya, allowing users to download videos on their device, in order to watch within 48 hours when they are deprived of internet connection.
This is only the first attempt coming from the Google tech giant to launch an exclusive handset, targeted for African countries. This covers almost a third of Africa’s population but in the future more country launches are expected.
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