Mumbai: Jio and Google announced on Friday that they have made considerable progress towards launching the JioPhone Next, the smartphone being jointly designed by them, before Diwali.
JioPhone Next is a first-of-its-kind device featuring an optimized operating system based on Android and Play Store.
The device and operating system will be of premium quality which have been associated with more powerful smartphones till now. Features will include voice-first features enabling people to consume content and navigate the phone in their own language, deliver a great camera experience and get the latest Android feature and security updates.
Both Jio and Google are testing JioPhone Next within a limited set of users for further refinement. The companies are actively working to make the phone available more widely in time for the Diwali festive season.
The additional time will also help mitigate the global semiconductor shortage the industry is facing currently.
JioPhone Next has additional features like Google Assistant, automatic read-aloud and language translation for any on-screen text, a smart camera with India-centric filters and many others.