Android Go, Google hopes to sell smartphones at 30$

- Published: 12 May 2018
Android Go, Google hopes to sell smartphones at 30$

Android Go, the entry-level operating system of Google, could be sold on a new model of smartphones to 30 euros.

Android runs nine out of ten phones worldwide. Last May, Google unveiled soberly the arrival of Android Oreo (Go edition), a light version of the operating system that allows to operate the weakest smartphones. Because yes, the Mountain View giant still intends to convince more followers to its technology.

Instead of letting manufacturers get by with this light OS, Google has teamed up with some Indian manufacturers (Micromax, Karbon, Lava ...), to launch smartphones at low prices, from about 30 $ (2,000 rupees) . The first should land in late January in India, one of the largest market in the world for telephony, with the manufacturer Micromax.

Sundar Pinchai, Google CEO reportedly said that "for a country like India, a smartphone at 30$ could unlock the market," according to Factor Daily. Canalys, a market research firm, claimed that India had taken second place in the global ranking of smartphone sellers, after a 23% increase between the third quarter of 2016 and 2017.

A $30 Android smartphone in 2018 could have the same effect on data uptake in India as the $100 mobile phone in the 1999-2000 period had on mobile telephony.

Is there enough wireless spectrum to support a mobile bandwidth explosion?

— Josey Puliyenthuruthel with a boatful of questions (@JoseyJohn) January 2, 2018

Today, the average price of a smartphone is about 280 euros in the United States and Europe, while the "feature phones" (with only basic features) reach most of the time the 70 euros, as for the Nokia 3310. No smartphones to 30 euros on the horizon for France, but maybe Sundar Pinchai will soon want us to enjoy his new offer.

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