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Google Unveils Android One Smartphone In Africa


infinixhot2devices-850-100608578-largeGoogle has finally  launched its Android One smartphone program for countries in Africa, after its launch in India last September and 10 other countries.

The Android One device made by Infinix is now available in Africa and is called the Hot 2, and is now available in Nigeria at select retail outlets and via online retailer Jumia at a suggested retail price of 17,500 Nigerian naira (US$88). It’s also available online from Jumia in Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, and Morocco.

Google managed the manufacturing, esign, and marketing of the devices, while leaving the building of the phones to partner manufacturers.

“The software on Android One devices automatically updates to the latest version of Android and will get the Android M release after release. The goal is to provide a consistent and uncompromising smartphone experience, for everyone,” Google VP of product management, Caesar Sengupta, said in a blog post.

According to Google, The Infinix Hot 2 comes with a quad-core MediaTek processor, dual SIM slots, front and rear-facing cameras, an FM radio tuner, and 16GB internal memory which gives you the chance to save loads of files on the smartphone. Its standard version, with 1GB memory, is available in four colors and the premium version (with 2GB memory) is available in gold, Google said.

Hot 2 runs the latest version of pure Android (Lollipop 5.1), which provides up to 2x better performance and extended battery features compared to prior versions, Google said.

Sengupta says Google will release a new offline feature within the YouTube app later this year. This features will give users of the smartphone chance to take videos offline and watch later during short periods of low or no Internet connectivity. Users will be able to add videos for offline viewing for up to 48 hours without an Internet connection.

The new smartphone will compete with a range of other devices.

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