Mumbai: The much-awaited launch of Jio Phone Next has been delayed. The affordable smartphone “JioPhone Next” is in advanced trials and its roll-out will commence before Diwali this year, according to a statement by Jio. Earlier in June, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani had said that “JioPhone Next” — being jointly developed by Jio and Google — would be available from September 10 on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.Also Read - YouTube Plans Week-Long Livestream Shopping Event With Creators From Nov 15

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  • In a statement, Jio said, “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”, the statement further said.
  • Jio and Google said they have made “considerable progress” towards launching the much-awaited JioPhone Next, the made-for-India smartphone being jointly designed by the companies. “JioPhone Next is a first-of-its-kind device featuring an optimized operating system based on Android and Play Store,” Jio statement said.
  • The device and the operating system would 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, according to Jio statement.
  • “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,” it said.
  • 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.
  • “JioPhone Next” is widely expected to be among the most-affordable smartphone, although its pricing has not been disclosed yet.
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