Reliance Jio, in partnership with Google, has announced the launch of JioPhone Next at the Reliance 44th Annual General Meeting. Google and Jio teams have jointly developed the JioPhone Next smartphone, and the fully featured smartphone supports the entire suite of applications from both Reliance Jio and Google. Mukesh Ambani said that the country currently needs a smartphone that is truly 4G. JioPhone Next comes with premium capabilities including
language and translation features, a great camera, and support for the latest Android and security updates.
JioPhone Next Specs, Features and Availability
Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google said that their vision was to bring an affordable access to information for Indians in their own language, to build new products and services for India’s unique needs, and empower businesses with technology. “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,” added Pichai. Some of the features of the smartphone are as follows:
- 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 from 10 September 2021 onwards.
- Use Google Assistant to get things done in popular Jio apps.
- Listen to any content on JioPhone Next screen by tapping the ‘Listen’ button.
- Easily access and consume content in a choice of Indian languages: For users who might
not be able to read content in their language, with a tap of a button they can now translate what’s
on their screen, and even have it read back to them in their own language. Read Aloud and
Translate Now are now OS-wide features that will work with any text on their phone screen,
including web pages, apps, messages, and even photos. Using App Actions, people can utilize
their Google Assistant to deliver a great experience with many of the Jio apps on this device. In
addition to asking for the latest cricket scores or a weather update, users can also ask Google
Assistant to play music on JioSaavn or check their balance on My Jio.
- Clearer photos in low light with Night mode.
- Photos have wider dynamic range with HDR mode.
- Snapchat Lenses bring Indian-specific effects to selfies.
- A great camera: A fast, high-quality camera is a must-have feature for today’s smartphone
users, so Google and Jio’s teams have partnered closely to build an optimized experience within
the phone’s Camera module resulting in great photos and videos: from clearer photos at night
and in low-light situations to HDR mode that brings out wider color and dynamic range in photos,
these are firsts for affordable phones in India. Google has also partnered with Snap to integrate
Indian-specific Snapchat Lenses directly into the phone’s camera, and this experience will be regularly
- Ongoing feature drops and the latest system updates: Along with support for the latest
Android releases and security updates, this experience will keep getting better with new features
and customizations, all delivered over-the-air. With Google Play Protect built in, it has Google’s
world-class security and malware protection. And with the Google Play Store, users will have
access to millions of apps that people across the world use and enjoy.
“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 RelianceJio. A new 5G partnership between Google Cloud and Jio will help more than a billion Indians connect to faster internet, support businesses in digital transformation and lay the foundation for the next phase of India’s digitization. We are proud to play a part in India’s next wave of technological innovation. Helping to connect 1.3 billion Indians to the opportunities the internet creates is meaningful to us at Google, and certainly to me personally,” commented Sundar Pichai.
About Reliance Jio 5G
On the 5G scenario, Mukesh Ambani said that Reliance Jio has taken tremendous strides in maturing state-of-the-art 5G technology signifying a quantum leap to the next frontier of wireless broadband. The company’s ‘Made in India’ solution is apparently comprehensive, complete and globally competitive. “Jio is uniquely positioned to quickly and seamlessly upgrade to 5G. To develop a 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,” he said.