Jio partners with Google to develop new Android-based operating system

  • Reliance Industries Chairman, Mukesh Ambani announced that the new operating system is aimed at developing new affordable smartphones

Google and Jio and coming together to launch a new Android-based operating system that will be used to build affordable smartphones. Jio Platforms and Google have entered into the commercial agreement to jointly develop an entry-level affordable smartphone with optimizations to the Android operating system and the Play Store.

Reliance Industries Limited has announced plans to tie up with Google for a new Android-based operating system for an entry-level smartphone for the Indian market.

The new OS will arrive on smartphones in the entry-level category and is aimed at users who are on 2G based feature phone. In its announcement, Mukesh Ambani said Jio aims to get rid of 2G phones from the market – putting a 4G smartphone in everyone’s hands.

After providing affordable 4G handsets in the form of the JioPhone powered by KaiOS, Jio is now looking forward to introducing affordable 5G phones as well.

Mr. Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries, said, “Google has empowered millions of Indians to access helpful information and, like Jio, is a force for change and innovation. We welcome Google onboard and are excited about our partnership for what it can deliver to Indians, from universalizing Internet usage to deepening the new digital economy and providing a prime mover to India’s economic growth. Together, we hope to play a strong facilitative role in the transformative journey of building a new, Digital India.”

Google CEO Sundar Pichai also spoke at the Reliance AGM, confirming the tech company’s strategic partnership in India with Jio Platforms.

Mr. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, said, “Reliance Industries, and Jio Platforms, in particular, deserve a good deal of credit for India’s digital transformation. The pace and scale of digital transformation in India are hugely inspiring for us and reinforces our view that building products for India first helps us build better products for users everywhere. Google is proud to invest ₹ 33,737 crores into Jio. I am excited that our joint collaboration will focus on increasing access for hundreds of millions of Indians who don’t currently own a smartphone while improving the mobile experience for all.”

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