JioPhone Next with optimized Android version launched – Smartprix
Jio and Google formed a strategic partnership last year. Finally, that partnership seems to reap its first fruit – JioPhone Next. Jio and Google co-developed phone comes with extremely optimized version Android operating software. The new affordable JioPhone created with Google is built for India and comes with multilingual support.
JioPhone Next India Price and Availability
JioPhone Next will become available from September 10, 2021, onwards in India. Reliance Jio is yet to announce JioPhone Next’s price in India. If the words of Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani is to be believed, it will be the most affordable phone in its class.
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JioPhone Next Features
Most of the details about JioPhone Next are yet to be revealed. As per the sneak peek given at the Reliance AGM (Post IPO) 2021, this fully-featured smartphone co-developed by Google & Jio comes with features such as Voice Assistant, Automatic read-aloud of screen test, Language translation, smart camera with augumented reality filters, among various other things.
This is designed for voice-first operations and users will be able to interact and interface in their native language. The Read-Aloud and Translate Now feature can be initiated with a simple tap and the users will have the on-screen texts (as part of web pages, apps, messages, and even photos) converted or read out to them in their own language.
The JioPhone Next smartphone appears to sport a large touch-sensitive screen with noticeable bezels at the top and bottom. The phone seems to house a single camera with a flash at both front and back. From the teaser images, one can spot a volume rocker and power key on the right edge of the phone.
As you’d have guessed, the phone comes preloaded with the Google suite of apps including Google Play Store, Google Camera, Youtube, Chrome, and others. Similarly, Jio apps such as Jio TV, Jio Cinema, Jio Saavan, and a few others can be spotted in the official teaser image.
In its announcement, Google assures a “great camera experience” and the “latest Android feature and security updates” for the JioPhone Next.
Lastly, it seems that the handsets will be out in two colors — black and blue.
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Apart from JioPhone Next, during the investor meeting, Mr. Ambani also revealed Reliance’s investment in 5G, Artificial intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, and Mixed Reality technologies.
Reliance is working to make India 2G Free and 5G enabled. Reliance subsidiary Jio Platforms have grown indigenous 5G technology and have run 5G standalone network trials in its Navi Mumbai center after regulatory approvals. The company claims to have achieved 1GBPS speeds on Jio 5G solutions.
Speaking at the launch, Mukesh Ambani said, “Jio has developed deep expertise in multiple emerging technologies like 5G, AI/ML and blockchain and Mixed Reality. We are developing 100% owned Intellectual Property, have access to deep domain knowledge and operational experience within the Reliance Group across key Industry verticals. We have a passionate and talented team… and world-class partners and we have the opportunity to serve a global audience. In all, Jio Platforms is blossoming into a global technology player… capable of creating multifold societal, customer, and shareholder value for years to come. Together with our partners, we have tested the JIO 5G solutions in India and we successfully demonstrated speeds well in excess of 1 GBPS. Our ‘Made in India’ solution is comprehensive, complete and globally competitive. It reaffirms my faith in the abundant talent of Indian engineers to deliver world class products in such a cutting-edge technology. Recently, we received the necessary regulatory approvals… as well as trial spectrum for initiating 5G field-trials. As I speak to you, the entire 5G Standalone Network has been installed in our data centres across the nation and also at our trial sites in Navi Mumbai. We are confident of being the first to launch full-fledged 5G services. And because of our converged, future-proof architecture JIO’s network is uniquely positioned to quickly and seamlessly upgrade from 4G to 5G”.
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