Not long ago, we were telling you that Google launched Android One in Indonesia and that Android 5.1 was running the show. Now, the Mountain View-based giant is expanding the budget-friendly Android One program in Philippines and, guess what, the new phones are running Android 5.1.
In order to help Android One penetrate the Philippine market, Google teamed-up with two local phone makers Cherry and MyPhone. The smartphones developed for the Android One program arrive with modest technical specifications and will be made available for purchase on the local market over the next few weeks.
But let's have a look at the hardware platform of the new Android 5.1-powered smartphones. We are dealing with a 4.5-inch LCD screen with FWVGA (854 x 480) resolution and a quad-core Mediatek MT6582 processor. The technical specifications list also includes 1 GB of RAM, a 5 MP primary shooter, 2 MP secondary camera, 4 GB of microSD-expandable storage, and a 1,700 mAh battery. Both phones have support for two SIM cards and 3G connectivity. Oh, I almost forgot. The Cherry phone comes with 8 GB of storage.
The Philippines is the sixth market where Google made the Android One program available. By bringing affordable phones that receive speedy OTA updates, Google hopes to increase Android's market share on the emerging markets and, in the same time, to increase the distribution of the latest Android versions.
For the time being, it's not clear what Google's plans are for Android 5.1. We already know that low-end phones in Indonesia and the Philippines are already running it, while your Quad HD phone with several gigs of RAM is still on Lollipop 5.0 or, worse, KitKat. Furthermore, Google didn't mention Android 5.1 on the Android One website for the Philippines, but the hands-on with the new devices revealed they are running 5.1. Hopefully the Android 5.1 roll out for other devices isn't too far away.