(Last Updated On: October 1, 2014)


The much hyped Android One series of phones were launched in India yesterday on major e-tailers like flipkart, Amazon India, and Snapdeal. The first wave of these affordable Android One series phones are currently available from Micromax, Karbonn, and Spice Mobiles.

Anand Chandrasekaran, Chief Product Officer at Bharti Airtel said, “As telecommunication transforms itself into essential services across entertainment, healthcare, education, banking etc.,  ~$100 smartphones are critical for enabling masses to access these services at ease.”

Guaranteed Upgrades Vs. The Launch & ForGET POLICY

These Android One phones will come with 2 years of guaranteed upgrades from Google and are currently in the line for receiving the battery friendly Android L update.

It is interesting to note that most of the manufacturers launching phones in the price segment of Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 8,000 follow one simple policy “Launch & Forget.”

Another hurdle while operating Android based smartphones is the frequent app updates. And if you get a stomach ache if you are not running the latest version of an app, then you’ll find yourself running and searching for free Wi-Fi hotspot. If you are not like this and don’t give a darn about updating your apps, then you are making your phone vulnerable to Android malware.

And that’s why Google has roped in Bharti Airtel as its Android One launch partner

Bharti Airtel is the first telecom operator in India to provide special benefits to the users of Android One devices. Other players are Reliance and Vodafone are likely to follow suit in near future.

Android One Phone and Airtel’s Offer

All Android One phone owners who will first insert their activated prepaid Airtel SIM into their device will get free internet data from Airtel. The details of the plan are as under:

  • Free 100 MB data/month for the first 6 months for Software updates.
  • Free 200 MB monthly data for the first 6 months for app downloads and updates.

This free data will be really useful in helping the users’ phones running on the latest software and apps.


Don’t worry about Airtel. It will earn too.

If you read the offer details carefully then it is clear that the free data is only for software updates and apps.

So, if you lose control over yourself and start browsing the internet on your phone, then you will help Airtel in making big bucks.

We will update you when other telecom operators join the Android One program. But don’t get too excited about it. They will probably offer similar packs only.