Google launches its Android One phones in Pakistan through QMobile

Published: July 6, 2015
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Google on Monday announced that it was launching its first Android One device in Pakistan in partnership with QMobile.

The QMobile A1 is now available for purchase at retail stores across Pakistan, Google’s Asia Pacific Blog blog announced. “Like all Android One phones, the QMobile A1 combines high-quality hardware that’s been tested by Google with the latest version of Android (Lollipop 5.1.1) and all of the features that come with it.”

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The phone will cost Rs11,500 – $113, which is more than the $100 price tag with which it is being marketed globally.

It boasts a 4.5-inch touch screen, along with a powerful 1.3GHz quad core processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash, a 2-megapixel front camera, 1GB RAM and 8GB of built-in memory. The dual-SIM phone runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box. It could prove to be a welcome addition to the entry-level Android phone range currently available in the market.

Read: New partnerships extend Microsoft’s reach into Android

However, this phone will have to face stiff competition in a market which has already seen smartphones for as low as $60, with some of the low-cost offerings from Qmobile itself.

Low-cost Android One devices have already been introduced in at least seven other countries.

According to Google, phones on the Android One platform will have Google’s new Material Design interface, up to twice the performance speed, and a special battery-saving feature.

What is Android One?

Android One is a standard created by Google that targets first-time smartphone buyers primarily in developing countries. Phones with Android One run “the latest and fastest version of Android” and are “automatically updated to the new version as soon as it is released”, the company says.

Read: BlackBerry may put Android system on new device: sources

In June last year, Google had announced the Android One standard with the purported aim of addressing “the mobile computing needs of those in emerging markets”. In September 2014, the first batch of Android One phones was announced in India.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • jay
    Jul 7, 2015 - 1:45AM

    not a good phoneRecommend

  • Neutral
    Jul 7, 2015 - 3:04AM

    Go for it. It’s a good phone !Recommend

  • Eijaz
    Jul 7, 2015 - 8:39AM

    Does this run on 3G/4G??

    This is the first question you ask about every smart phone. Second thing is, 1GB RAM can not run Lollipop Operating system properly and hanging issues will come.Recommend

  • Fahad
    Jul 7, 2015 - 12:07PM

    Its an amazing phone to say the least , i have been using it now for about a year and it delivers in the price , while i got it for a little less then 100$ , this price tags seems high , dont understand how mobile convinced google for the 110$ price tag. but the regular updates till 15 moths is an amazing feature and which has enabled me to be the fist ones to use the lolypop OS. lets see how well it does here. Recommend

  • Fahad
    Jul 7, 2015 - 12:09PM

    @Eijaz : there are no hanging issue while using lollipop thats due to the fact that google has made it themselves a device capable fore their operating system and will be able to upgrade to the next system also. !
    It runs 3G very well. Recommend

  • Khan
    Jul 7, 2015 - 12:30PM

    @Eijaz:
    I guess you don’t know much about the Android One program. The phone will run on pure/stock android, the hardware is tested & certified by Google to smoothly run Lollipop or future Android M.

    btw, it runs 3G.Recommend

  • nabeel khan
    Jul 8, 2015 - 6:58AM

    it may run smoothly with one gb ram but just for basic purpose like msging attending calls etc. but not handle the apps which consume alot of ram like fb, viber etc. and if you are some how a little gamer too then its not a good deal. but may be in future they will upgrade to 2 gb ram then it will be more good. Recommend

  • Haider Rehman
    Jul 8, 2015 - 5:22PM

    First good budget phone by Qmobile!Recommend

  • Jul 9, 2015 - 12:28AM

    @Haider Rehman:
    Micromax mobile company already launched A1 on feb/2015 and price is only 6600/-rupeeRecommend

  • human
    Jul 13, 2015 - 6:50PM

    its not good phone. some reasons are.
    1. there is no option of internet connectivity from pc/laptop to phone.
    2. person can’t transfer data from internal storage to memory card.
    3. no group messaging option.
    4. no phone galleryRecommend

  • Rao Saim Zafar
    Aug 15, 2015 - 2:39AM

    Q Mobile Google Android One is an excellent phone with lollipop 5.1 pre-installed it has all the features, I have been using it for around a month now. Camera is good, 3G runs good, i have installed ES-Viewer for the missing phone gallery, rest is i use hangouts, viber, imo fb, whatsapp, outlook,microsoft access, geo news, one drive, fb messenger, snap chat, du booster, du battery doc, linked in, ookla speed test, avg antivirus adobe acrobat, zen mate, qr scanner, etc and never have i faced any issue or hanging problem….The only issue is that it is that you cannot move apps to the sd card…rest is the accessories are not readily available in the market and also there is a lack of awareness among the mobile retailers regarding the set. I highly recommend this phone and i am currently trying to find a larger battery lets say 2000mah to 2200mahfor my phone to increase the battery life if possibleRecommend

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