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Google expands low-cost Android One smartphones

Google to expand their Android One program

Google's low-cost smartphone, the Android One, is coming to three more countries—Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

The Internet giant, which launched the Android One in India in September, announced the expansion on Monday, saying the move will add 200 million potential users in coming weeks.

The program is "an initiative to make high-quality smartphones accessible to as many people as possible," Caesar Sengupta, the company's vice president for product management, wrote in a blog post. "All these devices will give people a high-quality mobile experience for an affordable price, running stock-Android with updates from Google."

Google's move to add a few more countries to its Android One program is one way to help it expand the Google Play store. The company wants to tie users to its own ecosystem, Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, told CNBC.

"They are banking on their customers getting hooked on their stores," he said.