Google is pushing to become a significant player in India’s huge wireless industry, The Wall Street Journal reports. Google is working with a number of Indian handset manufacturers to launch low-cost Android-powered devices in the coming months.
Android-powered handsets from Motorola and HTC, which are already available in India, are costly as per India’s economy. Google is working with Videocon, Micromax, Spice and Olive to deliver products priced at aroung 4000-6000 rupee range, while Motorola and HTC smartphones cost upward of 15,000 rupees.
Videocon launched Videocon Zeus Android phone. The Videocon Zeus is a multi-touch, 3.5G, Android 2.1 (Éclair) ready phone with 3.2 inch screen, 600 MHz Qualcomm Microprocessor, 5MP camera, Wi-Fi, A-GPS and Push Mail.
Videocon V7500 Evolve is runs on Android 1.6 which is further upgradeable to Android 2.1 Eclair. It comes with variety of multimedia features including 5MP AF camera, multi-format music and video player and video recorder. It supports Gmail, Gtalk, YouTube, Facebook, Google Maps, Accelerometer and Digital Compass. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, Java, GPS and Geo-Tagging.
Spice Mi-300 is a Wi-Fi enabled 3G handset based on the Android 1.6 operating system, featuring 3.2″ HVGA capacitive touchscreen with on-screen virtual QWERTY keypad. It comes with a 5MP camera along with High Definition video recording. It is priced Rs. 9990/-
Indian handset market has a number of local vendors (more than 40) which make-up one-third of the market. According to an IDC report, almost 40 percent of devices sold have multi-SIM capabilities.