According to a report that appeared in Business Line, Search giant Google and the leading Indian telecom operator Reliance Jio are together working on an affordable 4G smartphone. The report further goes on by saying that both the companies are secretly working making this a reality. The device, however, is expected to launch by the end of this year.
It goes without saying, it will undoubtedly be exclusive to Jio 4G network for both data and voice calling. The handset is to come with Google branding that will eventually help Jio’s plan of selling cheaper 4G-enabled handsets. On the other hand, the deal is also expected to ensure that Jio apps and services stay well within reach of Google’s Android platform, “improving the performance significantly.”
Back in 2014, Google forayed into the budget smartphone segment of India and Brazil with its Android One initiative. Under the initiative, the company partnered numerous brands like Karbonn and Micromax to manufacture the handsets. Reliance, on the other hand, is selling affordable 4G VoLTE-enabled smartphones under its LYF brand.
If the report is true, this is perhaps Google’s second attempt at getting their hands dirty with affordable smartphones in India. This time, however, Reliance Jio is going to be Google’s partner in crime.