Google working closely with Jio to build affordable 5G smartphone, says CEO Pichai
Google CEO Sundar Pichai has confirmed that the tech giant is working closely with Indian telecom operator Reliance Jio for an affordable 5G smartphone.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai has confirmed that the tech giant is working closely with Indian telecom operator Reliance Jio for an affordable smartphone.During a virtual conference with select reporters from Asia Pacific, Pichai highlighted that Google is working closely with the telecom giant to bring the promised “affordable” smartphone. “We are focused on building an affordable phone… we are committed to making progress on the project and we are working with them (Jio),” Pichai said during the virtual meet.
Google had picked up a 7.7% stake in Jio Platforms for ₹33,737 crore last year and had also entered into a commercial agreement with Jio Platforms to jointly develop an entry-level, affordable smartphone.
"Google is also looking at new opportunities to deploy funds from its USD 10 billion India Digitisation Fund (IDF), and will make some announcements later this year," - Sundar Pichai
Talking about the impact of COVID-19 on these projects, Pichai said the pandemic has highlighted the importance technology plays in people's lives. "...We realise the importance technology plays, and be it building products like Google Meets or working to make sure all of this works well on their (telecom operators') networks, and bringing more affordable access to smartphones and computing, it's just deepened our efforts there," he said.