Google initiated plans Wednesday that will make it easier for manufacturers to quickly build cheap Android-powered phones.A new set of hardware reference platforms, called AndroidOne, provides a turnkey opportunity for Google’s partners. This means companies are able to develop devices quickly and cheaply. Android chief Sundar Pichai showed off an example during the Google I/O developers confab in San Francisco, with slides of the $100 Micromax AndroidOne. The initiative is similar to what Microsoft rolled out earlier this year. Microsoft created a reference design based on its Windows mobile operating system and using Qualcomm hardware.
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