Google, Jio Platforms to jointly develop an entry-level affordable smartphone for India

Google will make optimisations to the Android operating system and the Play Store for the affordable smartphone.

At the Reliance AGM Meeting 2020, RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani announced that Google will be picking up 7.7 percent stake in Jio platforms for Rs 33,737 crore.

This is the first investment by Google from the Google For India Digitization Fund of Rs 75,000 crore announced earlier this week.

As part of the investment, Google and Jio Platforms have entered into a commercial agreement to jointly develop an entry-level affordable smartphone with optimisations to the Android operating system and the Play Store.

Representational Image Credit: Pixabay.

Representational Image Credit: Pixabay.

Google writes in a blog, "we are excited to rethink, from the ground up, how millions of users in India can become owners of smartphones. This effort will unlock new opportunities, further power the vibrant ecosystem of applications, and push innovation to drive growth for the new Indian economy".

"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 adds.

Google's investment in Jio platforms takes the cumulative fundraising by Reliance in less than three months to Rs 2,12,809 crore.

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