JioPhone Next, developed by Reliance Jio and Google, launches on Diwali. Before buyers put it in their hands, Jio introduced the affordable smartphone to a select few.
JioPhone Next comes with a 5.45-inch display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor paired with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The smartphone will be available for purchase with an entry price of Rs 1,999 with easy EMI for 18 or 24 months.
JioPhone Next will run on Android-powered Pragati operating system, an Android skin developed specifically for JioPhone Next.
Pragati OS runs on newly released Android 11, with the September security patch pre-installed. The operating system is essentially a version of Android Go and is developed by Jio and Google and should only be found on Jio smartphones.
Google states that Pragati OS “is an optimized version of Android customized to provide a great smartphone experience for users in India.” According to the company, the Pragati operating system provides access to millions of apps available on the Play Store, security updates, and more.
Pragati OS is a new operating system that uses Android Go, a lightweight version of Google’s Android operating system. JioPhone Next comes with Android Go apps like Google Go, Assistant Go, Gallery Go, and Camera Go. These apps have been tweaked for the Indian market on Pragati OS.
Google Assistant Go, for example, supports multiple Indian languages in an effort to make Google’s artificial intelligence accessible to more Indians. The Google Go app also translates supported pages into supported Indian languages, and users can also read them out loud. The Camera Go app also has Snapchat integration with Indiacentric filters, and Google Lens also comes with built-in translation.