NEW DELHI, June 24 (Reuters) – Google deepened its partnership with Reliance Jio on Thursday with an “ultra-affordable” smartphone which could connect hundreds of millions of customers to high-speed mobile data and a cloud tie-up to boost the Indian telecoms firm’s 5G push.

The ‘JioPhone Next’ has been developed by Alphabet’s (GOOGL.O) Google and Jio for the Indian market, Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries (RELI.NS) of which Jio is a part, told his company’s annual shareholder meeting.

Ambani, one of the world’s richest men, wants to expand Jio’s tech, telecoms and entertainment services through the new phone’s launch in


Supply chain disruptions, rising parts prices and culture clashes with co-brand partner Google are hurting launch plans.

Billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s plan to conquer the Indian market with a locally assembled Google-powered smartphone is facing headwinds, with supply-chain disruptions and rising component prices suppressing production volumes, people familiar with the matter said.

Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd. originally envisioned sales in the hundreds of millions in the first years for the inexpensive device but now targets a small fraction of that at launch, the people said. The co-branded phone is set for its unveiling at the conglomerate’s June 24 shareholder meeting, followed

Too many apps, no real innovation. Cute Tech is ailing Indian technology
Apps displayed on a phone | Representational image | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

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Indian startups raised a total of $9.3 billion in 2020. Some of the biggest gainers were a food delivery app and a hotel booking app. Amongst those that reached ‘unicorn’ status — billion-dollar valuation — was an online fashion retailer and an online baby products company.

Prima facie, this is cause for celebrating the startup ecosystem. But scratch the surface, what you find about India’s technology sector can be summarised in one sentence: too many apps (eventually foreign-owned) and


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