Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio has announced the plans to partnering with Alphabet's Google for a new Android-based Operating System for entry-level smartphones in Indian market and beyond. Aimed to capture the Internet-savvy tendencies of currently 2G based feature phone-using market, the new Reliance smartphone Operating System will reach on to the entry-level smartphones.

Pushing for a '2G-mukt Bharat', Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) Chairman and Managing Director, Mukesh Ambani said that he aims to put a 4G smartphone in everyone’s hands. Although, despite heightened anticipations, no new Jio Phone announcements were made in the Annual General Meeting, but investors were instead surprised by a whole new Operating System’s announcement.

"As India is standing at the doorsteps of the 5G era, we should accelerate the migration of 350 million Indians, who currently use a 2G feature phone, to an affordable smart phone,” said Mukesh Ambani while adding that,

"Google and Jio are partnering to build an Operating System that could power a value engineered, entry-level 4G/5G smartphone. The Jio-Google partnership is determined to make India 2G-mukt."

Alphabet’s Google said that through its partnership with Reliance, it is excited to rethink, from the ground up, on how millions of users in India can become owners of smartphones.

"We want to work with Jio and other leaders in the local ecosystem to ensure that smartphones—together with the apps and services in the Play Store—are within reach for many more Indians across the country. And we believe the pace of Indian innovation means that the experiences we create for India can ultimately be expanded to the rest of the world," Google added.

On Wednesday, this was Reliance’s first virtual Annual General Meet (AGM), and 43rd AGM in all, in which a spree of announcements – from JioGlass, Whatsapp-JioMart, to Jio 5G were made – basing upon the zero debt feature Reliance has hallmarked upon itself recently after over a dozen big-time investments in past few months.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma