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Reliance AGM 2021: Google Cloud partnership, updates on 5G and JioMart, new 4G smartphone, and other key announcements

In its 2021 annual general meeting (AGM) held on June 24, Reliance launched a new Android-enabled 4G smartphone (touted as the world's most affordable one), expanded its partnership with Google on 5G and cloud technologies, shared updates on the JioMart-WhatsApp collaboration, revealed the performance of its Jio Fiber broadband operations, and announced that Jio will be the first to launch 5G in India. Here's a complete summary of all the tech-related announcements made in the meeting. Jio expands on its partnership with Google Launch of new 4G smartphone with Google: Stating that nearly 300 million mobile users are still stuck on 2G networks because of exorbitant upgrading costs, Reliance launched a new 4G smartphone that it touts as the most affordable one in the world. The JioPhone Next smartphone was built in partnership with Google and runs an optimised version of Android, allowing users to install the full suite of apps available on Google's PlayStore. The phone will be available in the market from September 10. "Our teams have optimized a version of our Android OS, especially for this device. It will offer language and translation features, a great camera, and support for the latest Android updates. It's built for India and will open up new possibilities for millions of new users who will experience the Internet for the very first time," Google CEO Sundar Pichai said. Google Cloud to power Jio's 5G: Google Cloud and Jio are entering into a partnership to power the telecom's upcoming 5G network. "Google Cloud will provide a complete…

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