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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Reliance Jio working with Google to launch cheapest 4G VoLTE smartphone and software for smart TV services

Reliance Jio has been working with Google to develop an affordable 4G smartphone and also software for the Smart TV services set to be launched later of this year as reported by Business line . This partnership with google will help reliance Jio reach a larger market and also ensure deep integration of Jio's applications into Android platform. 

This would further improve the performance of the apps and that in turn improves the overall quality of the service delivered via Jio network. On the other hand, for Google, it means a large number of new users will be connecting to the internet for the first time.
Reliance Jio has recently crossed the mark of 100 million subscribers. Although smartphone usage has been on the rise in recent times there are still a huge number of users who rely mostly on feature phones. Earlier it was reported Reliance Jio would launch cheapest VoLTE smartphone for Rs 1000The phone is expected to come with pre-installed Jio apps. 

Also according to CLSA report, there will be a rise of 4G handset users by 90% and also data penetration will go up by 44% by 2019. In that case Reliance, Jio cheapest VoLTE smartphone would establish a strong foothold in the smartphone ecosystem. This partnership by Google will be the second attempt to launch the affordable 4G handsets which earlier has come up with Android one project in September. 

As part of the Android one project, Google partnered with brands such as Micromax, Karbonn, and Spice and ensured the smooth performance of the phone despite being priced for mere Rs 6500.Google was concerned with design, development support of the devices the manufacturing was carried by the partner brands. However, the project did not succeed as expected owing to the release of smartphones with more features at the same price point.
“Android One had too many OEM partners, with each phone from every brand looking exactly the same, leaving no distinction for the vendor. Moreover, at the same time, Chinese players like Xiaomi launched their phones at similar price with a lot more features, essentially killing the idea of Android One completely,” said Jayanth Kolla, founder and partner at Convergence Catalyst.

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