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Second batch of Android One handsets could launch by December

Following the successful launch of cost-effective Karbon, Spice, and Micromax handsets, a second wave of Android One phones could arrive by the end of 2014.
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September 24, 2014
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The launch of the first batch of Android One handsets is already well underway. The Karbonn Sparkle V, Spice Dream UNO, and Micromax Canvas A1 are expected to sell up to 2 million units this year, and the Android One program is set to rollout out to more countries over the coming months.

According to The Hindu, the next batch of Android One smartphones could arrive relatively quickly. Round two might possibly appear as early as December, to quickly follow up on the success of the initial rollout. Karbonn is planning to be the first with an Android One refresh.

“Smartphone penetration in India still remains low and we believe there is still a huge scope…We will look at bringing in a device by December-end,” Karbonn Executive Director, Shashin Devsare 

Alongside ultra-affordable Firefox phones, Spice is also looking to unveil its second Android One smartphone in the first quarter of next year. Indian manufacturer Intex Mobile is also planning to release its own Android One handset sometime in early 2015.

“We are actively working on bringing out the device to the market. It takes about 3-4 months for any final product to be made available in the market,” Intex Mobile’s Sanjay Kalirona

Although the first wave of Android One phones have been made available through popular e-commerce operations, future handsets could be sold through a wider variety of channels. Furthermore, a large portion of Android One hardware partners are still yet to announce plans. Partner companies include: Acer, Alcatel, Asus, HTC, Lava, Lenovo, Panasonic, and Xolo.

Future Android One handsets will all aim to be as competitively price as the current crop, which retail for around $100, or Rs.6200. If a larger number of manufacturers enter the market next year, prices could be set to drop even lower.