JioPhone Next to have big impact on India’s digital transformation, launch by Diwali: Sundar Pichai
JioPhone Next, Jio’s much-awaited entry-level 4G smartphone is on track to launch in India by Diwali, Alphabet Inc. and Google CEO Sundar Pichai said during a recent earnings call. The JioPhone Next is being co-developed by Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio and Google.
Initially pegged to release on September 10, the launch of JioPhone Next was postponed due to the global semiconductor shortage. Jio and Google have previously announced that the duo has made ‘considerable’ progress and is “actively working to make it available more widely in time for the Diwali festive season.”
JioPhone Next is said to be “Made in India, Made for India and Made by Indians” and is seemingly built keeping in mind the needs of millions of new users looking to experience the internet for the very first time. Jio says it has worked closely with Google, particularly on the software side to enhance localisation so more users will be able to access the smartphone in their preferred language.
“The JioPhone Next device features premium localised capabilities and is on track to launch in market by Diwali,” Pichai said, adding “we see the demand for people looking to shift from feature phones to smartphones. And so, part of what excites me about the upcoming partnership with Jio in building a phone is really investing beyond just English, and getting languages, and getting the local needs right for people and doing it in a way that many more people can take advantages of a smartphone.”
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