Reliance AGM 2021: JioPhone Next cheap Android smartphone, Jio Google Cloud 5G partnership and more announced

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Live updates from Reliance AGM 2021

JioPhone Next smartphone announced: Google and Jio have jointly developed a new smartphone called JioPhone Next. The phone will be the most affordable Android smartphone in India as per Mukesh Ambani. The smartphone will support the full suite of Jio and Android apps. The phone will run an optimised version of Android with support for the latest Android updates. It will come with Voice Assistant, language translation, a smart camera with augmented reality features and automatic read aloud of screen text. It will go on sale starting September 10th on the occasion of Ganesh Chathurthi.

Jio Google cloud partnership: Jio will use Google Cloud to power its 5G solutions.

Jio 5G: Jio plans to export its 5G solutions to other operators globally after establishing a presence in India.

Jio Fiber: JioFiber added over 2 million new premises over the past year, bringing the total number of active home and business users to 3 million.

Reliance Jio: Jio is the second-largest mobile data carrier in the world. It achieved a 45 percent growth in data consumption in the last year alone. At the ongoing RIL AGM 2021, Mukesh Ambani announced that Reliance Jio added 37.9 million subscribers in FY21, bringing the total subscriber base to 425 million plus users.

Reliance is all set to host its 44th Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 2pm IST today. The Mukesh Ambani-led conglomerate will be live-streaming the event for its shareholders on its own JioMeet platform and for the general public on its official YouTube channels, Facebook and Twitter. The JioMeet live streaming will be opened 30 minutes ahead of time.

Also read: Jio and Google’s budget 4G smartphone could launch before Diwali: report

Just like last year, the Reliance AGM 2021 will have several major announcements. This year, we expect many of these to be 5G-related. The AGM 2021 could witness Mukesh Ambani taking the stage to announce the much-anticipated affordable Jio 5G smartphone in collaboration with Google, JioBook budget laptop, and Jio 5G rollout plans, and among others.

Reliance AGM 2021: how to watch the live stream

Jio will live stream the 44th AGM 2021 on its official YouTube channel. This year, the company is also streaming the Annual General Meeting on its JioMeet platform for shareholders as well as common folks. The event is scheduled to kick off at 2pm IST today. You can watch the event through the video embedded below.

Additionally, users can also stream the event on Jio’s Facebook page and on the Twitter handle.

Reliance AGM 2021: what to expect

As usual Jio is expected to announce its financials for shareholders in the Annual General Meeting. However, what will be of interest to most users are the company’s plans for new devices and 5G networks.

Jio-Google 5G smartphone

At the Reliance AGM 2020, Reliance announced a partnership with Google to launch an affordable 5G smartphone in India. We can expect Reliance to finally announce the handset at today’s event. The smartphone which is expected to run on a custom Android version is expected to be the cheapest 5G offering in the country with the price reported to be as low as Rs 2,500.

The telecom operator is currently working on bringing 5G connectivity to the country, and with the affordable 5G smartphone, the brand intends to make the next-generation connectivity accessible to all. To put things into perspective, the Realme 8 5G and POCO M3 Pro are currently the cheapest 5G smartphones in India starting at Rs 13,999.

Jio 5G network

Mukesh Ambani also revealed at Reliance’s 43rd AGM last year that Jio will start 5G development from scratch in the country. He then went on to confirm that the telecom operator will roll out commercial 5G services in India in the second half of 2021 at Indian Mobile Congress. Therefore, we might see some announcements regarding the next-gen network during today’s event.

Notably, the telecom operator has already begun 5G trials in Mumbai recently and has also reportedly achieved 1Gbps speeds during the trials using local technology. While the launch of 5G networks is still some time away in India, we expect the telco to announce a timeline for the launch and public 5G trials in more locations around the country.

JioBook budget laptop

Jio is expected to reveal details of its budget laptop at the 44th Annual General Meeting today. The laptop is rumoured to be called the JioBook and is expected to boot the Android-based JioOS with support for 4G LTE. According to an XDA Developers report, the JioBook laptop will feature an HD display, Snapdragon 665 processor with an integrated 4G modem, up to 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, and Android 10-based JioOS. Connectivity-wise, the laptop will offer dual-band Wi-Fi, mini HDMI, and Bluetooth. The telco might also announce dedicated 4G plans for the laptop. If launched at an affordable price, the JioBook laptop has the potential to make home education more accessible for students in India, since schools continue to remain shut across the country due to COVID,

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