What you need to know
- Reliance Jio has announced its first Android-powered smartphone.
- The JioPhone Next has been developed in collaboration with Google and promises to deliver an "optimized" Android experience.
- It is slated to go on sale in India from September 10.
The JioPhone Next has been developed for people looking to upgrade to a smartphone from 2G feature phones. Despite being the world's second-largest smartphone market, smartphone penetration in India still stands below 50%.
It comes with a built-in voice assistant, a "smart camera" with AR filters, language translation, and automatic read-aloud of screen text. Unfortunately, the company hasn't announced any details regarding phone's specs.
As you would expect from an entry-level device, the device doesn't look anywhere near as modern as the best cheap Android phones. It features a single camera on the back, and the bezels surrounding the display are extremely thick.
On the software front, the JioPhone Next runs a custom version of Android that Google has been created specifically for Jio. In addition to the full suite of Google apps, the phone will also come pre-installed with Jio Apps such as My Jio, Jio Cinema, Jio TV, and more.
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, said in a statement:
The entry-level phone will be available for purchase in India from September 10. Jio Platforms says the phone will eventually make its way to a few other markets as well. While the JioPhone Next's price is yet to be revealed, Reliance claims it will be "the most affordable smartphone globally."
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