Google extends Android One to six African countries


  • TECH
  • Thursday, 20 Aug 2015

Spreading its wings: Google's Android One smartphones will appear in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria and Egypt.

Google's Android One is expanding into six countries in Africa, according to The Verge. 

The new Android One smartphone will appear in Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria and Egypt. Google has teamed up with South African mobile service provider MTN to offer free software updates for the Android 5.1 model. 

The initiative was launched last year to bring low-cost smartphones to developing countries and works with third-party manufacturers to make sure that the handsets use the latest Android operating system. 

The company will look to its new operations in Africa to improve the underachieving Android One. The devices have not been as successful in competitive markets like India, as Google had hoped. 

According to The Verge and Counterpoint Research, only 700,000 handsets were shipped in the first 100 days of the initiative. — AFP Relaxnews

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