Google has invested Rs 33,737 crore in Reliance Jio Platforms. Both Google and Reliance are also collaborating to develop affordable 4G & 5G smartphones for India that run on an optimized version of Android and Play Store.
Reliance Jio Partners with Google the only mission of both the giants is to develop an entry-level affordable smartphone in India. Mukesh Ambani said, With the help of Google he wanted to make India 2G-mukt (2G free).
“Google has empowered millions of Indians to access helpful information and, like Jio, is a force for change and innovation. We welcome Google onboard and are excited about our partnership for what it can deliver to Indians, from universalizing Internet usage to deepening the new digital economy and providing a prime mover to India’s economic growth.
Together, we hope to play a strong facilitative role in the transformative journey of building a new, Digital India,” Mukesh Ambani, (Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries) said.
Google has been targeting to bring millions of 2G phone users in India to transition to smartphones with its Android Go initiative.
The optimized Android platform that Reliance Jio is talking about could be based on the Android Go platforms, you may know, a stripped-down version of Android for phones low on RAM and storage.
Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said, “Reliance Industries, and Jio Platforms, in particular, deserve a good deal of credit for India’s digital transformation. The pace and scale of digital transformation in India are hugely inspiring for us and reinforces our view that building products for India first helps us build better products for users everywhere.
Google is proud to invest Rs 33,737 crore into Jio. I am excited that our joint collaboration will focus on increasing access for hundreds of millions of Indians who don’t currently own a smartphone while improving the mobile experience for all,” Sundar Pichai said.