Jio and Google have announced that they have made considerable progress towards launching the much-awaited JioPhone Next, the made-for-India smartphone being jointly designed by the companies.
It is a first-of-its-kind device featuring an optimised operating system based on Android and Play Store.
"The device and the operating system will offer premium capabilities that have until now been associated with more powerful smartphones, including voice-first features that enable people to consume content and navigate the phone in their own language, deliver a great camera experience, and get the latest Android feature and security updates," said a statement.
Both companies have begun testing JioPhone Next with a limited set of users for further refinement and are actively working to make it available more widely in time for the Diwali festive season.
This additional time will also help mitigate the current industry-wide, global semiconductor shortages.
JioPhone Next is built with exciting features like the Google Assistant, automatic read-aloud and language translation for any on-screen text, a smart camera with India-centric filters and much more.
The statement said that the companies remain committed to their vision of opening up new possibilities for millions of Indians, especially those who will experience the internet for the very first time.