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Google and Jio collaborate to bring JioPhone Next and accessible 5G

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Google and Jio have partnered to release an affordable Android-powered smartphone, JioPhone Next, for the Indian market and also announced a 5G collaboration powered by Google Cloud. The new smartphone will launch on September 10.

JioPhone Next will be designed by Jio and run an optimised version of Android. It will have a built-in translation feature, camera and will get the latest Android feature and security updates.

The move comes almost a year after Google invested $10 billion in Reliance Jio as part of the Google for India Digitisation Fund.

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A made for India smartphone

Jio, in partnership with Google, is targetting feature phone users with its latest hardware by launching an affordable phone that promises to deliver a good camera experience, an interface in local languages and the latest Android feature and security updates. 

The phone also has several voice-first features to make it easier to use and more accessible to users who are otherwise not caught up with current smartphone tech. There are ‘app actions’ baked right into the OS that allow users to control Jio apps using the Google Assistant. 

The camera also promises clearer pictures at night and in low light conditions and an HDR mode. Google has also partnered with Snap to bring India-specific filters directly into the phone’s camera and promises to keep updating this experience.

India's internet boom can be credited to only one factor and that is Reliance Jio. Before Jio disrupted the market, things were a bit slow in the internet sector in India. Reliance Jio offered low rates and high speed which eventually led other networks to follow suit -- beginning sort of an internet revolution. In this article, we've explained how to do check Jio account and net balance via the IVR, MyJio app, website and SMS, followed by a list of all Jio USSD codes that'll be helpful in activating or deactivating various services as well as checking bill and balance. Check the account and net balance via IVR calling This is the easiest way to learn your account and net balance in Jio. Dial 1299 from your registered mobile number. The call will automatically disconnect and you will receive an SMS with the details of your account and net balance. Check the account and net balance via MyJio app You can also check the balance via the MyJio app. Usually, this app comes pre-installed in the Jio phones. On other phones, you can download this app from the respective OS marketplace like Play Store and App Store. Upon launching the MyJio app, you will see the expiry date of your account as well as the internet balance on the home screen. This app is designed for the convenience of the Jio users and thus you can recharge your Jio number as well as can talk to the Jio caller centre via this app. Check the balance and net balance via the website Here are the steps to check the balance via the Jio website. Go to and then click on the Sign-in option at the top right and then click on mobile. Enter your mobile number that is currently registered with Jio. You will receive an OTP on the number. Now, you can see your balance details from the website. The website shows you the balance as well as the net balance on your device. Check account balance via SMS (only for postpaid customers) If you are a postpaid user of Jio, you can send the following SMS via your registered mobile phone: BILL to 199.  You will receive all the information regarding your postpaid account. Jio USSD codes Following are the USSD codes of Jio. Also read: How to activate, change and remove Jio caller tune?

“Our teams have optimised a version of our Android OS, especially for this device. Our vision is to bring affordable access to information for Indians in their own language to build new products and services for India’s unique needs, and to empower businesses with technology. I’m excited that today, we can announce the next steps in this vision, starting with a new, affordable Jio smartphone, created with Google,” said Sundar Pichai, Google and Alphabet CEO at the Reliance Industries Annual General Meeting held Thursday.

Jio and Google Cloud collaborate to bring 5G tech to India

The two companies have partnered to support the 5G infrastructure in India’s consumer and enterprise sectors. Reliance will also leverage Google Cloud’s infrastructure to increase the efficiency of its retail operations.

Google’s Edge Cloud infrastructure, innovations in AI/ML, data and analytics, and other cloud-native technologies will support Jio’s 5G network in the country. This collaboration will also bring 5G edge computing solutions and 5G services in gaming, education, healthcare and video entertainment.

“Cloud solution is a key area where we are collaborating with Google. Jio will use Google Cloud’s cutting edge technologies to power Jio’s 5G solutions and for powering the internal needs of key Reliance growth businesses like Reliance Retail, JioMart, JioSaavn and JioHealth,” said Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries Limited.

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