back to article Google ready for another pop at India, with Android One in hand

Google is trying the good old switching-it-off-and-on-again ploy with its scheme to sell super-cheap Android phones in India. Android One has been a flop, with the Chocolate Factory failing to understand the Indian market. The dominant manufacturers – Micromax, Intex and Spice – felt that the OS was an American solution being …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Read the reviews

    All Google needs to do is read the reviews here: http://www.amazon.in/product-reviews/B00NEFXOGA/ref=cm_cr_dp_hist_one?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addOneStar&showViewpoints=0

    Main gripes are:

    - bad partners for the hardware

    - too many hardware failures

    - bad customer care

    - bad battery

    - inferior hardware specs

    Indian public will happily pay more for quality hardware, support and features

    1. Martin 47

      Re: Read the reviews

      hmmm ........ and I wonder what the specs of a sub $50 phone will be?

      1. Daggerchild Silver badge

        Re: Read the reviews

        Yo! Google!: A windup/pullstring battery charger is a SHINY problem!

        There, that should sort that.

        Oh. Someone's already invented cranking USB chargers. Drat. Well, bundle one with the phone

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Cricket?

    Dare I google that?

    1. TeeCee Gold badge
      Coat

      Re: Cricket?

      You should be safe doing that, as long as you're not Australian.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Meh

        Re: Cricket?

        Based on my experience of the blinding internet speeds down-under, they will probably regain the Ashes long before the page even loads.

  3. Richard Taylor 2 Silver badge

    Android One has been a flop, with the Chocolate Factory failing to understand the Indian market. The dominant manufacturers – Micromax, Intex and Spice – felt that the OS was an American solution being arrogantly foisted upon them.

    Well with no understanding of the market, I can still understand that "they would say that wouldn't they".

    But who would not like better dust/water proofing, better speakers ect ect ect. Can live without am/fm radio though, although without good 3G I can understand why others do care.

  4. Kurt 4
    Windows

    Google is shaking in their boots, they fear Windows Phone.

  5. pakman

    Intex is already trying out an Android alternative

    Looks like they are giving Sailfish OS a go: https://cdn.jolla.com/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/55_SAILFISH_INDIA_PRESS_RELEASE_JULY2015_FINAL.PDF

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re. "phones need to support the four major religions: Hinduism, Islam, Bollywood and Cricket".

    Is this some kind of Sikh joke?

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