Android is the most used operating system in Europe, present on phones and tablets. Although this operating system is not left alone on these devices because a company called Jio is running to win over laptops too. This company has been one of the largest telecom companies in India since its establishment in 2016.
Already in 2018 Qualcomm confirmed to be in talks with Jio in India to bring mobile connectivity to laptops, as reported by The Economic Times. These conversations have paid off, as the Indian firm would finally work on devices with Qualcomm components.
The JioBook will be the laptop the company is going to launch, but it won’t use Windows 10 as you might expect from a laptop. Instead, it will be using Android as its operating system, with its own fork called JiOS. The first prototype of the same uses a Snapdragon 665 processor, launched in early 2019 on the market. This processor has a 4G modem (Snapdragon X12) which will be the one the laptop uses to connect to Jio’s 4G network in India.
For this development, they are working with the Chinese company Bluebank Communication Technology, an engineering company that creates mobile devices and develops software for third parties. This company previously worked on the development of products running KaiOS, the simple operating system of the phone. This collaboration therefore appears to be a natural development for this company.
The development of this JioBook started at the beginning of September last year and will operate until the first half of 2021. There are still several phases left, because the material for example is not yet definitively ready. In fact, the first prototype showed a Windows key on the keyboard, which doesn’t seem necessary given that it will be a laptop that uses Android as its operating system. They were able to know some of the specifications of this laptop with Android 10 that Jio will be releasing in India. These are the following:
- Screen with a resolution of 1366 × 768 pixels.
- Snapdragon 665 as a processor.
- RAM: 2/4 GB.
- Storage: 32/64 GB.
- HDMI connector.
- Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, accelerometer.
- Operating system: Android 10.
One of the doubts so far is whether this laptop will use Google apps and services. Their use requires the manufacturer to obtain a license to distribute these mobile services from Google, which costs money. This is why many manufacturers avoid this step. The laptop comes standard with a large number of company-specific applications, such as JioStore, JioMeet, JioPages, and advertising services.
What is Jio
Jio is an Indian telecommunications company, which began operating in the country at the end of 2016. It is one of the fastest growing companies in the country in recent years, largely thanks to brought 4G LTE connectivity to millions of people people in India thanks to its cheap smartphone the JioPhone.
This company has also seen the needs of millions of consumers in India with its products and services, such as the ability to order food through WhatsApp or its own platform. The pandemic has caused millions of people in India to turn to the company’s 4G connectivity for work, communication or consuming content.
Many big tech companies have seen the potential of Jio, investing large sums of money in it, like Facebook, for example. The reason for this is their large number of services and products, as they seek to launch everything from set-top boxes to e-commerce and home automation. This will help make it one of the largest companies in India, having access to millions of households in the country.
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