Jio Google Smartphone: Launch date? Release? Price? Affordable! Underway, confirms Sundar Pichai
Jio Google Smartphone: Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Thursday confirmed that the company continues to engage closely with partner Jio on the initiative of building an affordable smartphone.
Jio Google Smartphone: Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Thursday confirmed that the company continues to engage closely with partner Jio on the initiative of building an affordable smartphone and that work is underway on the project, as per report by PTI. Last year, Google had picked up a 7.7 per cent stake in Jio Platforms for Rs 33,737 crore. It had also entered into a commercial agreement with Jio Platforms to jointly develop an entry-level, affordable smartphone.
"We are focused on building an affordable phone... we are committed to making progress on the project and we are working with them (Jio)," Pichai said in a virtual conference with select reporters from Asia Pacific.
Jio Google Smartphone: Launch date? Release? Pricing
He, however, did not divulge other details, including possible launch date and pricing, PTI said.
Availability of affordable devices, along with cheap data rates can help bring the internet within reach for more people across the country.
Google's investment in Jio Platforms was part of 'Google for India Digitisation Fund' that was announced last year. In July last year, Pichai had unveiled plans to invest Rs 75,000 crore (USD 10 billion) in India over the next five to seven years to help accelerate the adoption of digital technologies in the country.
"Google is also looking at new opportunities to deploy funds from its USD 10 billion India Digitisation Fund (IDF), and will make some announcements later this year," Pichai said on Thursday.
Get Latest Business News, Stock Market Updates and Videos; Check your tax outgo through Income Tax Calculator and save money through our Personal Finance coverage. Check Business Breaking News Live on Zee Business Twitter and Facebook. Subscribe on YouTube.