Last year, as part of our announcement to invest in Jio Platforms Ltd, we made a commitment to develop an affordable smartphone for India, aimed at serving the needs of new internet users across the country. Earlier this year we shared more on this vision, revealing the many capabilities and features of this smartphone that would enable millions across India to experience the power of the Internet. Our teams at Google and Jio have since been working together to deliver a best-in-class smartphone experience, and today we are excited to bring the much-awaited smartphone to everyone in India — a smartphone made-for-India: JioPhone Next.
Serving the unique needs of the Indian consumer
Google and Jio have worked closely to create this OS with unique capabilities that have been built to cater to the diverse needs of the Indian consumer, including read-aloud and language translation for any on-screen text, a great camera with India-centric Snapchat Lenses, and much more. The embedded voice-first features will also enable people to consume content and navigate the phone in their language of choice. With dual SIM support and the powerful Jio network, JioPhone Next will open a world of opportunities for users, enabling millions more to benefit from the power of the Internet.
A great camera: A fast, high-quality camera is a must-have feature for today’s smartphone users. JioPhone Next delivers great photos and videos: from clearer photos at night and in low-light situations to HDR mode that brings out wider color and dynamic range in photos. Google has also partnered with Snap to integrate Indian-specific Snapchat Lenses directly into Camera Go, the phone’s camera app, which will create a more delightful and innovative photo-taking experience for users.
A high-quality camera with HDR
Before and after shots showcasing JioPhone Next camera quality
Instantly share apps, files, and more with family and friends: Simply and quickly share apps, photos, videos, music and other content, even without the internet, using the ‘Nearby Share’ feature.
Share apps and files offline with Nearby Share
Ongoing feature drops and security updates: Along with support for Android security updates, the phone’s experience will keep getting better with new feature drops and customizations, all delivered over-the-air. With Google Play Protect built in, the phone has Google’s world-class security and malware protection. And with the Google Play Store, users will have access to millions of apps that people across the world use and enjoy.
We are actively expanding our Android product and engineering presence in India, where we will continue to focus on building new experiences in close collaboration with our global engineering teams aimed at the millions of new users coming online. We hope that this first step – the launch of JioPhone Next – will enable more people across India to benefit from greater access to services and information online, and have a positive impact on their daily lives.