JioPhone Next, the smartphone by Google and Jio, delayed – TechCrunch

The JioPhone Subsequent, the much-awaited smartphone designed by Google and India’s Jio Platforms to faucet a whole lot of thousands and thousands of customers on the earth’s second largest web market, received’t launch on Friday, the Indian expertise large stated Thursday midnight.

In a press release issued simply now, Jio Platforms stated it has been testing the smartphone with a “restricted set of customers for additional refinement” and is “actively working to make it obtainable extra extensively” across the time of Diwali competition, which is scheduled for early November.

The Indian agency, which operates the biggest telecom community with over 400 million subscribers, blamed world semiconductor shortages for the launch delay and stated it expects the extra two months “will” mitigate that.

The JioPhone Subsequent smartphone, unveiled in June this yr, was scheduled to launch on Friday. Neither of the corporations had given any indication in latest days that they might must postpone the launch.

Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man and the chairman of Reliance Industries, which operates Jio Platforms, unveiling JioPhone Subsequent at an occasion in June this yr Picture Credit: Jio Platforms

Powered by “extraordinarily optimized Android” cellular working system, the JioPhone Subsequent cellphone is marketed to be an “ultra-affordable 4G smartphone” to faucet the roughly 300 million customers in India who’re nonetheless on slower networks. The 2 corporations have stated that they plan to finally launch the smartphone in different markets as properly.

At an occasion in June, the 2 corporations stated the JioPhone Subsequent will function a “quick, high-quality digital camera” which is able to help HDR, and will probably be protected by the newest Android releases and safety updates. It would additionally ship with a variety of options, together with Learn Aloud and Translate Now that can work with any textual content on the cellphone display, together with internet pages, apps, messages and even images, the 2 corporations have stated. 

Analysts have stated in latest weeks that the JioPhone Subsequent — whose worth and tech specs are but to be revealed — may disrupt the Indian smartphone market — the world’s second largest — and assist the telecom community additional solidify its dominance within the nation.

“The businesses stay dedicated to their imaginative and prescient of opening up new prospects for thousands and thousands of Indians, particularly those that will expertise the web for the very first time,” the Indian agency stated in a press assertion.

The smartphone is the newest collaboration between the 2 corporations. Google invested $4.5 billion in Jio Platforms final yr. Fb and scores of different corporations have additionally purchased stakes within the Indian agency. Jio Platforms operates plenty of companies together with Jio Infocomm, which competes with Airtel and Vodafone Thought; and e-commerce agency JioMart, which competes with Tata-owned BigBasket, SoftBank-backed Grofers, and Amazon and Walmart’s Flipkart.

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