Reliance Jio, at present the leading mobile network operator in the country, is reportedly collaborating with Google, in a bid to build a smartphone catering exclusively to the company’s 4G network.
According to Economic Times, the phone, to be outed in the affordable segment of the market, is expected to arrive sometime later this year and is aimed at providing a wider market reach to the Mukesh Ambani-led company, with a generous dose of help from the Google branding.
Also, another tentative outcome of the alliance would be a far deeper integration of the Jio mobile applications onto the Android platform, thereby considerably boosting their performance.
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Besides the smartphone, the two companies are also combining to develop a software for the telco smart TV services that will also be coming out this year only.
The Indian company is currently in close contact with various ODMs based in China for obtaining 4G enabled smartphones as well as mini routers.
Sourcing products from the likes of ZTE, CK Telecom, Wingtech and Tinno Mobile, it has also asked its ODM partners to make several of them in the country only.
As per reports, Jio intends to bear some part of the selling price of its 4G enabled smartphones, making them available in the market priced at around Rs. 1,000 only.
As far as the details pertaining to the phones are concerned, they are expected to feature unlimited voice and video calling and sport digital content as well.