In the next few weeks Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and its partners will expand the search giant's Android One phone initiative to Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
The world's first Android One phone was unveiled in September for around $105, and the wider program represents Google's most intensive effort yet to not only expand Android to entry-level phones in emerging markets also to control the user experience.
Caesar Sengupta, a vice president of product management at Google, wrote in a company blog post that the three new countries have a combined population of more than 200 million people. He noted a "wide range of manufacturers and network partners such as Banglalink" will begin to sell Android One Smartphone.
Sengupta said there will be more hardware partners and carriers launching Android One phones in more countries, and that Google is "excited to see the diverse array of devices our partners will offer in 2015 and beyond."
The Android One program is designed to enable device makers to produce entry-level Android phones that will get the latest Android software updates, have access to all of Google's mobile services and in general be a cut above most cheap Android phones in emerging markets today, which often have low-end hardware and out-of-date software reports media.