Today, Google launched its Android One line of phones in Nigeria in the form of an Infinix Hot 2.
Originally created with India in mind, the Android One line makes its African debut simultaneously in five other countries: Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Morocco. The launch is the result of a partnership between Google, network carrier MTN and bargain hunters’ sweetheart, Infinix.
The HOT 2 is officially Infinix’s first Android One smartphone, and is already available in Nigeria via online retailer Jumia at a recommended retail price of N17,500 (USD88). It’s also available to purchase online from Jumia in the other five African countries.
The Android One phones have always enjoyed immense support from Google, getting all updates and security fixes promptly. The device ships with stock Android v5.1 (Lollipop) and will be getting Android Marshmallow when it is finally available. MTN is also offering a bargain data bundle to ship with the phone – N500 for 1GB, for the first twelve months.
Caesar Sengupta, VP, Product Management on the African launch wrote, “Nearly one year ago, Google introduced the Android One program in India. Today, six African countries — with combined populations of 379 million people — join the ten countries where partners have already released Android One phones. We’ve been thrilled and humbled by both the progress and the work that’s left to do. But we look forward to continuing our work with partners on Android One and in the Android ecosystem more broadly to ensure that users have great phones with the latest Android innovation.”
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