Reliance and Google delay India smartphone launch due to chip crunch

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Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries delayed the launch of a low-cost smartphone it is developing with Google to November, citing an industry-wide semiconductor shortage.

The “ultra-affordable” smartphone, developed jointly by Reliance’s telecom arm and Google, was set to be rolled out from Sept. 10.

Both the 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.

In June, when the phone was announced, Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani did not specify its price but said it will be the most affordable smartphone “not just in India, but globally”.

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