Jio Phone becomes the first feature phone in the world to bag a special edition of the Google Assistant. For those who are unaware, the Reliance Jio Phone already comes with its own in house assistant called the HelloJio. But the fact that a feature phone coming with such a feature becomes a big deal. And now, the availability of Google Assistant makes the feature phone all the more better.
Just like in high-end smartphones, the Google Assistant in the Jio Phone will let the users of the phone get quick access to relevant information with their search queries, in text and in conversation based manner. The feature will be available in both, English and Hindi but it can be expected that the support for other regional language would be released in a later stage.
While making the announcement, Gummi Hafsteinsson, Product Management Director, Google said, “For the first time ever globally, the Google Assistant will be available on a feature phone. This special version of the Google Assistant in both English and Hindi will appear on the new Reliance JioPhones. Whether in entry-level smartphones or JioPhones, the Google Assistant can help you call, text, play music and videos, and access other apps.”
The experience of the Google Assistant feature in the Jio Phone will be customized for the device’s small 2.4 inch screen, but still Google is looking forward to provide the same level of usability like in the high-end smartphone. However, there is still no confirmation on when the phone would receive the feature. But going by the Jio Phone support for OTA updates, we can expect the feature to be added in the phone soon via a software update in coming days.
Notably, the Jio Phone is a feature phone that is much smarter than other feature phones in the market right now. It comes with 4G LTE and VoLTE support, which makes it more or less like a smartphone in terms of connectivity.