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Google is bringing Android One to six African countries with the new Infinix HOT 2
Android One, Google’s low-budget smartphone initiative that launched late last year, is finally making its way to Africa. Google today announced that it’s launching a new smartphone built by African smartphone manufacturer Infinix in Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Egypt and Morocco. The Lollipop-powered Infinix HOT 2 smartphone will be available in Nigeria at select retail outlets and online through Jumia from today for N17,500 (~$88 USD). The company says the new handset will be made available in the other countries over the next few weeks.
The HOT 2 boasts a quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM and dual SIM card support. It will be available in Black, White, Red and Blue color options, with a Gold option also being made available with 2GB of RAM. And like other Android One devices, the HOT 2 runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, and, according to Infinix’s update schedule, is slated to receive the update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow when the software is made official.
Google is also releasing a more streamlined version of Google Search worldwide that will offer users a faster experience on devices with lower amounts of RAM, such as smartphones with just 512MB. Google says this feature can reduce data usage by up to 90% in some cases, while removing roughly one-third of the time it takes to load results.
The search giant has also announced that it’s extending YouTube offline to Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Egypt within the next few months. This will allow users to store YouTube videos on their devices for up to 48 hours for later watching.