New Delhi/Mumbai: Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Industries announced the launch of new low-cost 4G smartphone JIOPHONE NEXT in collaboration with Google, at the Virtual Reliance AGM meet on Thursday. Mukesh Ambani called the new smartphone ‘ultra-affordable’ during the general meeting and added that it will be available in the market on September 10, on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.
“I am pleased to announce that Google and Jio teams have jointly developed a truly breakthrough smartphone – JIOPHONE NEXT. It is a fully featured smartphone supporting the entire suite of applications from both Google and Jio, ” said Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani during a virtual AGM event in Mumbai.
The industrialist added that the smartphone will have an optimized version of Android OS jointly developed by Jio and Google, with cutting-edge features.
“JIOPHONE NEXT is powered by an optimized version of Android OS jointly developed by Jio and Google. It is ultra-affordable and packs cutting-edge features. It will be available in the market from Ganesh Chaturthi, 10th September, Ambani added.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who joined in virtually during the announcement added that the phone is tailored according to India which will help Indians connect to the Internet faster as the country grapples with Covid-19 norms such as social distancing.
“Next steps in this vision start with a new, affordable, Jio smartphone, created with Google. It is built for India and it will open up new possibilities for millions of new users who will experience the internet for the first time, ” said Google CEO Sundar Pichai.
“At a time when so many aspects of our lives and work are moving online, it’s even more important to make technology accessible and helpful for everyone. This goal is at the heart of our partnership with Reliance Jio,” Pichai added.
The two conglomerates also announced a 5G partnership between Google Cloud and Jio and added that this will help in the next phase of India’s digitization drive.
“A new 5G partnership between Google Cloud and Jio will help more than a billion Indians connect to a faster internet, support businesses in digital transformation and lay the foundation for the next phase of India’s digitization,” said Pichai.
“Jio is uniquely positioned to quickly and seamlessly upgrade to 5G. To develop the 5G ecosystem, we are working with global partners to develop a range of 5G devices. Jio is not just working to make India 2G-mukt, but also 5G-yukt, added Mukesh Ambani.
According to Reliance Industries, JioFiber has acquired over 2 million new premises in 2020. With a cumulative base of 3 million active home and business users, JioFiber has become the largest and the fastest-growing fixed broadband operator in India, Ambani said. He added that Reliance Jio is currently the world’s second-largest mobile data carrier handling over 630 crores GBs per month. “This is 45 per cent growth in data consumption in the last year alone – a testament to the rapid pace at which India is digitizing”, Ambani said.