At Reliance Industries’ 44th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, Mukesh Ambani announced JioPhone Next. The new Android smartphone is a result of a partnership between Reliance Jio and Google. It was announced in 2020 and was revealed by both Mukesh Ambani and Google head Sundar Pichai.
JioPhone Next offers an optimised Android experience on top of entry-level hardware to attract the masses.
It also offers Google Play store access and features including voice assistant, automatic read-aloud of screen text, and language translation.
Mukesh Ambani was speaking at the Reliance AGM. “India still has nearly 300 million mobile users who are unable to escape from inefficient and exorbitant 2G services… because even a basic 4G smartphone remains unaffordable for these users. Last year… Sundar and I had talked about Google and Jio co-developing a next-generation, feature-rich, but extremely affordable smartphone.”
Several features of the upcoming phone are out now. Its launch date will be Ganesh Chaturthi, September 10. However, the price of the phone is not out yet.
About JioPhone Next
JioPhone Next is designed for those who wish to upgrade from 2G to 4G connectivity. It will be an affordable smartphone.
It will be based on a custom Android operating system, specifically designed by Google for Jio.
The smartphone offers features including automatic read-aloud of screen text, language translation, and a camera with augmented reality filters. It also comes with support for regular Android updates.
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