India will not get the new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones from Google, and the prices of these phones make them out of the reach of many smartphone consumers in the country. So, Google and Indian telecom operator Jio Platforms unveiled the low-priced smartphone for India called JioPhone Next.
Google and Jio Platforms designed the phone as an affordable 4G device to meet the unique needs of the Indian consumer.
The phone is priced at 6,499 Indian rupees, or $87, and is available at Jio Mart retail stores in India or through Jio’s website.
Google said that users can also pay a down payment of Rs 1,999 and choose a payment plan through Jio.
The phone runs on the Pragati operating system, which Google says is an improved version of Android. It can access the applications in the Google Play Store.
The device has read-aloud translation and language translation of on-screen text, a camera with Snapchat lenses, and built-in voice-first features that support 10 different languages spoken in India.
Google and Jio Platforms announced their collaboration to provide a low-cost smartphone in 2020. Google made a $4.5 billion investment in the telecom company.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said JioPhone Next was inspired by the belief that everyone in India should take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Internet.
Moreover, India overtook the United States as the second largest smartphone market in the world in 2020. With more than 400 million smartphone users.
Among the many rich features of JioPhone Next, the one that impressed me the most is its contribution to language integration in India,” said Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries, which operates Jio Platforms. India’s unique strength lies in our linguistic diversity.