The funny thing about the Google Android One launch…

Google Android One platform was originally showcased as an initiative to connect the rest of the world to the internet. Even the official Google blog post this week talks about the ‘next five billion’.

Here is the part which is insanely ironical.

Google Android One devices are not exactly cheap. Three models are on sale now and all of them costs more than the Xiaomi Redmi 1S. Even funny is the fact that 1S has better specifications than the Android One devices on sale in India.

Another humorous part is that these three models are available exclusively through three different online stores. Which means, people needs a computing device with internet access to order them! Brilliant. Simply brilliant.

Do you really expect a regular guy who has never accessed the internet before to buy this device online from one of the three online stores to get connected to the internet? I think not.

Micromax Canvas A1
Karbonn Sparkle V
Spice Dream UNO

And of course…
Xiaomi Redmi 1S

Boo Google… Google Chromebook offers are getting less sweet

Here are some things that you should know if you are planning to buy a Google Chromebook in the near future!

  1. 100GB for 2 years on Google Drive offer has to be redeemed in the first 60 days of activation or it disappears on most new models.
  2. If you have already activated a 100GB offer on another Chromebook, you cannot get it again on the same Google account from a different Chromebook.
  3. And of course, the value of this ‘freebie’ is now USD 47.76 because of the price cuts on Google Storage.

More: How to get Chrome Goodies for your Chromebook – Chromebook Help
More: Questions about the Drive offer? Start here. – Google Product Forums

Competition Commission of India need better priorities

So Google is facing a 5 billion dollar fine for recommending their own services over others on their search engine here in India. Google does not come as the default search engine in Windows btw. People use Google by choice.

Of course, Microsoft has a monopoly over the OS and Office Suite market here in India (even though majority of installs here are pirated) and Bing is hard coded into Windows 8.1 (I cannot switch to Google). This is totally acceptable!

Checkout: Google faces up to $5 bn CCI fine; says cooperating in probe