Earlier this year Reliance Jio partnered with Google to work on low-cost Android smartphones. However, it was reported that the 4G enabled smartphones will be making its debut in December 2020 but new reports suggest that it will not launch this year. The phone is supposed to be bundled with data packs. This news came after an announcement was made stating that Google invested Rs. 33,737 crores in Jio Platforms for 7.7 per cent stake.
“Jio Platforms Limited has allotted equity shares to Google International LLC, following which Google International holds 7.73 per cent of the fully diluted equity share capital of Jio Platforms”Reliance Jio said earlier.
Jio-Google phone might take a while before they will be available to the market for sale. As per the sources, the phone will not be launching in December 2020 as it is still in the testing phase and can take around 3 more months to come to the market. A report also suggests that Jio is looking for outsourcing the production of over 10 crore low-cost smartphones in India.
“We believe we can design an entry-level 4G or even 5G smartphone for a fraction of its current cost. To power such a value-engineered smartphone, we also need an equally value-engineered operating system, and such an operating system must be designed from grounds-up”Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Industries at AGM this year.
According to the reports, Jio is also working on its 5G network equipment and has asked the DoT (Department of Telecom) to allocate the spectrum and start testing. Approval of this request is still pending by the government. At this moment, India does not have any 5G services running and the government has not even allocated a spectrum to for telecom operators to start testing 5G network.