Reliance Jio partners with Google to launch entry-level 4G/5G smartphones

Reliance Jio has partnered with Google to jointly develop entry-level affordable 4G and 5G smartphone with optimizations to the Android operating system and the Play Store to help smartphones reach more Indians.

"As India is standing at the doorsteps of the 5G era, we should accelerate the migration of 350 million Indians, who currently use a 2G feature phone, to an affordable smart phone," Mukesh Ambani, RIL chairman said. "Google and Jio are partnering to build an Operating System that could power a value-engineered, entry-level 4G/5G smartphone. The Jio-Google partnership is determined to make India 2G-mukt."

The majority of people in India still don’t have access to the internet and fewer still own a smartphone. Mukesh Ambani said that India still has 350 million feature phone users, and added that 100 million feature phone users have upgraded to Jio 4G feature phone.

Our mission with Android has always been to bring the power of computing to everyone, and we’ve been humbled by the way Indians have embraced Android over recent years. We think the time is right to increase our commitment to India significantly, in collaboration with local companies, and partnership with Jio is the first step. We want to work with Jio and other leaders in the local ecosystem to ensure that smartphones—together with the apps and services in the Play Store—are within reach for many more Indians across the country. And we believe the pace of Indian innovation means that the experiences we create for India can ultimately be expanded to the rest of the world.


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