Google’s budget-friendly hardware campaign with its Android One initiative in the Indian market will reportedly be expanded to African countries with the launch of Infinix Hot 2.
The new smartphone will be launched starting with Nigeria at select retail outlets and online retail through Jumia for a recommended retail price of N17, 500 ($88).
Other African countries including Egypt, Kenya, Ivory Coast and Morocco will see the launch of Hot 2 in the next few weeks as Google plans to expand its software reach to several countries across the globe.
The Infinix Hot 2 sports mid-range hardware features such as MediaTek processor, dual-SIM capability and 1GB of RAM, and will be available in black, white, red, blue and gold variants.
The gold variant of the phone will reportedly ship with 2GB of RAM, while all the variants will run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box and offer twice the performance along with extended battery-life, reports Android official blog.
The Android One Hot 2 is expected to receive a quick upgrade to Android Marshmallow (according to Infinix’s schedule) for a faster and more responsive interface.
Google has also announced that it will be restructuring its custom bandwidth-sucking version of its search app to low-powered phones in select markets, while also enabling YouTube Offline in developing countries like India, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria.
This feature lets you store several videos on YouTube for up to 48 hours, so you can watch them later when your connection may be slow or non-existent.