Sundar Pichai, Google CEO has confirmed that the upcoming JioPhone Next will be available in India by Diwali. The upcoming smartphone of Jio is co-developed by Reliance and it runs on the new Android-based software Pragati. The software includes special optimisations for Indian audiences.
Pichai told investors that JioPhone Next is seen as the cornerstone of India’s digital transformation. The CEO added that this localized, feature-rich smartphone is will have a significant impact over the next three to five years.
“We see a demand for people looking to shift from feature phones to smartphones. We are building a phone that is beyond just English, and getting languages, and getting the local needs right for people and doing it in a way that many more people can take advantages of a smartphone,” the executive explained during the earnings call. “Overall, India, just like Asia Pacific, continues to be an exciting market for us. We see strength across categories we are involved in. And so, you’ll continue to see us stay focussed there.”