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Google's Android One phones to be powered by MediaTek chips: Report

NEW DELHI: At its annual I/O conference, Google announced Android One, a design reference platform that will enable manufacturers to build ultra-cheap smartphones with much more ease. It is likely that these phones will be powered by MediaTek chipsets, as per a new report. 

According to Digitimes, Google has selected Taiwan-based MediaTek as the strategic solution partner for the Android One platform. It cites sources in Taiwan's handset supply chain to report the development. 

The report elaborates that Google has been in talks with MediaTek for the last six months. 

During the keynote address at I/O 2014, Google's annual developer conference in San Francisco, Sundar Pichai, Google's head of Android and Chrome platforms, had said Android One will let phone-makers pool in resources to create a reference platform for smartphones, thus saving time and costs in launching new models. 

The software powering these sub-Rs 6,000 smartphones will be stock Android, but manufacturers and telecom carriers can differentiate their products by adding a few of their own custom apps without diluting the Android experience. 

Google will begin the Android One programme from India and announced that it has already roped in Micromax, Karbonn and Spice as initial partners. 

Pichai had also showcased an Android One phone built by Micromax which will have a 4.5-inch screen, dual sim functionality, microSD card support and FM radio. According to the Digitimes report, the same phone will be powered by a MediaTek dual-core MT6575 processor.

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