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Chip Shortage Pushes Reliance, Google to Delay India Smartphone Launch

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BENGALURU—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. Companies globally are tackling a massive semiconductor shortage as the COVID-19 pandemic-led shift to remote working drove demand for the critical component used in making laptops and phones. As a fallout, several automakers have also suspended production. “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,” Jio said in an exchange filing late on Thursday. The annual festive season in India typically lasts for 30 days, beginning in October and ending with Diwali—set for Nov. 4 this year. Indians usually make big-ticket …

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