Google and Jio’s smartphone with custom Android OS for India launches November 4 for $87 – TechCrunch

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Google and high Indian telecom network Jio Platforms mentioned on Friday that their much-anticipated budget smartphone, JioPhone Next, will go on sale on the planet’s second largest smartphone market on November 4 (coinciding with the massive Indian pageant of Diwali.) The corporations mentioned the JioPhone Subsequent will value 6,499 Indian rupees ($87), and may also be bought in a number of instalments with an entry price as little as $27.

The smartphone runs Pragati OS, which is powered by an “extraordinarily optimized” Android mobile working system with a variety of personalized features similar to Learn Aloud and Translate Now that can work with any textual content on the phone screen, together with net pages, apps, messages and even images in addition to help for 10 Indian languages.

“Among the many many wealthy features of JioPhone Subsequent, the one which has impressed me probably the most — and one that can empower widespread Indians probably the most and take their digital journeys to the subsequent degree — is its contribution to India’s linguistic integration. India’s distinctive energy is our linguistic variety. These Indians who won't be capable of learn content material in English or of their language can get it translated, and even learn out, in their very own language on this smart device,” mentioned Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries, which operates Jio Platforms.

The 2 corporations additionally revealed the specifications of the JioPhone Subsequent. The smartphone features a 5.45-inch HD+ display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It's powered by Qualcomm’s quad-core QM-215 chipset that clocks as much as 1.3GHz, coupled with 2GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage, which is expandable. The dual-SIM succesful JioPhone Subsequent, which homes a 3,500 mAh battery, features a 13-megapixel rear camera with help for HDR and an 8-megapixel selfie sensor.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai interacts with college students at IIT Kharagpur campus on January 5, 2017 in Kharagpur, India. His agency has grown extraordinarily bullish in India lately. Final 12 months, the corporate introduced it would make investments $10 billion in India over the course of subsequent 5 to seven years. (Picture credit: Getty Pictures)

The JioPhone Subsequent is Google’s newest try at reaching the lots in creating markets. The Android-maker has launched a number of packages over the previous decade together with Android One to ship price range smartphones with improved person expertise. At an occasion in India in 2017, Google chief government Sundar Pichai famous that many markets similar to India want telephones at a price level of $30 for mass adoption.

“The JioPhone Subsequent is an inexpensive smartphone designed for India, impressed by the assumption that everybody in India ought to profit from the alternatives the web creates. To construct it, our groups needed to work collectively to unravel complicated engineering and design challenges, and I’m excited to see how tens of millions of individuals will use these units to raised their lives and communities,” he mentioned in a press release Friday.

Analysts have mentioned in current months that the JioPhone Subsequent might disrupt the Indian smartphone market — the world’s second largest — and assist the telecom network, which has amassed over 400 million subscribers and final 12 months raised over $20 billion from a range of marquee investors including Google and Facebook, additional solidify its dominance within the nation.

The JioPhone Subsequent — which was initially scheduled to launch within the second week of September, however the two corporations needed to delay the sale citing global chip shortage — is aimed toward serving to roughly 300 million customers in India who're nonetheless on a 2G network upgrade their gadget to entry quicker networks, Ambani mentioned at an occasion earlier this 12 months.

“I'm delighted that Google and Jio groups have succeeded in bringing this breakthrough device to Indian customers in time for the pageant season, inspite of the present international provide chain challenges brought on by the Covid pandemic. I've all the time been a agency believer within the power of the Digital Revolution to counterpoint, enable and empower the lives of 1.35 billion Indians. We've got executed it prior to now with connectivity. Now we're enabling it once more with a smartphone device,” he mentioned in a press release Friday.

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