​Google launches Android One in the Philippines

Google will start selling its Android One handsets in the Philippines next month, marking the sixth nation it's brought the low-priced devices to.

Google has extended its Android One push to the Philippines, offering low-cost devices running the latest version of Android out of the box.

Google has partnered with local operators Cherry Mobile and MyPhone for Android One's launch into the Philippines, following the scheme's debut in India last year. Both operators will release one Android One handset each.

Android One phones will go on sale in the Philippines in the "coming weeks," according to Google, but prices have not been revealed yet. Nonetheless, in the spirit of Android One, Google promises they will be affordable and come with Android Lollipop.

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Like previously released Android One handsets that cost around $100, those launching in the Philippines don't have top-end specs.

The models from Cherry Mobile and MyPhone Uno will both have a 4.5-inch FWVGA display, a MediaTek Cortex A7 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, dual SIM slots, a front-facing camera with a two-megapixel sensor and a rear camera with a five-megapixel sensor, and a 1700mAh battery. Cherry Mobile's handset, the Cherry One, comes with 8GB of onboard storage compared to 4GB for MyPhone's MyPhone Uno. Both have expandable storage up to 32GB.

The Philippines is the sixth nation Google has taken Android One to, following launches in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and most recently Indonesia.

Last month Google began selling Android One handsets in Indonesia through local partners Evercoss, Mito, and Nexian.

The Android One devices in Indonesia were the first to carry Android 5.1, before even Google's own Nexus devices had received the update.

As with previous launches, Google is partnering with local mobile networks in the Philippines to provide free mobile data for Android updates and app downloads. The devices also come with YouTube Offline and Chrome browser data compression.

Android One device owners can also flash CyanogenMod for Android One, though at the moment only an Android 4.4-based version is available.

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