Android One Locally Launched, with Cherry Mobile and MyPhone as Pioneer Partners

 

Google Android One is now in the Philippines via the also just-launched Cherry Mobile Cherry One and MyPhone Uno, both priced at around P5,000.00. 

Price Update: the Cherry Mobile Cherry One SRP is P3,999.00, while the MyPhone Uno is priced at P4,599.00.

Android One is Google’s initiative to offer manufacturers a recipe to follow whereby specific hardware components are already Google-tested to run seamlessly with the latest Android OS (Lollipop), Google services, and Play Store apps. Android One has already been launched in 6 countries, including India.

Google Helps Phone Makers Offer Affordable Phones

No longer will phone makers need to spend a lot of time and money to test, for every single model, if the software runs smoothly with hardware. The results are reliable phones running regularly software-updated with an affordable price tag. (See specs of the Cherry Mobile One and MyPhone Uno below.)

Android One Phone Specs for the Masses

The specs are also tailored for emerging markets’ expectations: 1GM RAM at least, dual SIM, expandable storage, removable batteries, and dual cameras, FM radio, and of course Android Lollipop. The phones are also fast, responsive, and Google’s material design really shines. And battery saver mode adds up to 90 minutes of extra battery time. Temple Run, for example, runs lag-free. Android One phones will also automatically update to newer versions of Android; these phones will get updates for up to two years.

Google Voice Search in Tagalog

Besides assured seamless performance of phones adhering to the Android One recipe, Google Voice Search in Tagalog works well. Below is Google Philippines Country Manager demonstrating Google Voice Search

Google, Google Philippines Country Manager Kenneth Lingan, Android One

Reducing Data Costs

Another aspect that Android One phones showcase is data compression. Android One Chrome browser helps compress the amount of data flowing between the phone and the Internet. Less data consumed, the less a user pay for.

Offline YouTube Viewing

Android One phone users can also download YouTube videos for offline playback for up to 48 hours.

Google Android One, Caesar Sengupta, Google

Android One Works with Smart and Globe

Smart and Sun will also help Android One users get free Over-the-Air (OTA) updates to the Android operating system as well as to certain amounts of app downloads from Google Play for the first six months – all without counting against their mobile data plans. Globe will also be working with Android One users to enable better access to their robust network. See Smart, Sun to Offer Google’s Android One Smartphones in the Philippines.

Google Android One, Caesar Sengupta, Google

As if performing a magic act, Google Vice President for Product Management Caesar Sengupta welcomes audiences to the launch of Android One in the Philippines.

MyPhone Uno Specs - Click to View
4.5-inch FWVGA display
1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek 6582 processor
1GB RAM
4GB storage, up to 32GB via microSD
5MP rear | 1MP front cameras
Dual-SIM, 3G
WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
Android Lollipop 5.1
1700mAh battery
Cherry Mobile One Specs - Click to View
4.5-inch TFT capacitive display, Asahi Glass
1.3GHz quad-core processor
1GB of RAM
8GB of internal storage, up to 32GB via microSD
5MP rear camera with BSI |2MP front
Dual-SIM, 3G
WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
Android 5.1 Lollipop
1780mAh battery

 

Stay tuned for our review of the MyPhone Uno.

 

Author

Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for www.technoodling.net.