Android One, Google’s special version of the mobile platform for developing countries and for those buying their first smartphone, is finally available in Turkey. This version of Android is closer to stock Android which means there’s less vendor-specific features and modifications we usually see on devices brought from different carriers.
So far, Android One is available in six countries in Asia. The platform has already launched in the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Google aims to bring more smartphones to the rest of the world–all high-quality and running Android One. Only less than a year after its launch in India, Android One is set to take on Europe and with Turkey being the first recipient in the region.
The Android team has partnered with General Mobile to release Android One in Turkey. The first unit to run Android One is the General Mobile 4G. Phone already runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and comes equipped with a 5-inch HD IPS display, Gorilla Glass 4 screen, 720 x 1280 pixel resolution, a 64 bit Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, 16GB built-in expandable storage, 13 megapixel rear camera, 5 megapixel front-facing camera, a 2500 mAh battery, and 4G LTE connectivity.
We’ve seen several Android One-powered devices already but General Mobile 4G is the first Android One phone with 4G to be released anywhere in the world. Also, compared to the other Android One phones that use Mediatek processor, this smartphone uses Qualcomm. LTE technology is relatively new in Turkey so the General Mobile 4G can be the Turkish people’s first brush with the speedy mobile Internet connection. It’s the first ever Android One device not only in Turkey but the rest of Europe.
General Mobile 4G measures only 140.5 x 69.75 x 9.3 mm. Design-wise, it looks like any standard smartphone in the market today but I’m not sure about the faux leather back cover. Phone is currently listed with a $260 price tag and will be out in the market starting May 15.
SOURCE: Google Turkey