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Android One will help manufacturers build low-cost phones for developing markets

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Google wants to see an Android smartphone in every hand across the world, and today it's beginning a program designed to help manufacturers make that happen. The initiative, called Android One, creates hardware reference models that other manufacturers can refer to when building their phones. Those references will supposedly allow them to easily create high-quality phones at low costs. They'll all be running stock Android and receive automatic updates too, though it appears that individual manufacturers will be able to add their own apps on top of that.

The program will begin this fall in India. One example of what the hardware could look like is a model from Micromax, which has a 4.5-inch display, dual-SIM support, an SD card slot, and an FM radio. Google says that it will cost under $100. Karbonn Mobile and Spice Mobile will also be making Android One phones.