‘Jio Chat’ hits over 1 mn users; more apps in the pipeline

Mumbai: Telecom firm Reliance Jio’s mobile application ‘Jio Chat’ has surpassed over a million active users since its launch in April this year and now the company is planning to unveil a slew of apps soon.

During the AGM (annual general meeting) of Reliance Industries today, Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries, announced that a host of mobile applications will be launched by Reliance Jio.

In the coming weeks, the company would be unveiling Switch-and-Walk, an application that allows customers to seamlessly copy everything from their old phone to a new phone.

“All your contacts, messages, photos, music, media and applications – from one phone to another, wirelessly, with just a few easy clicks. No wires. No lost information. Across operating systems and phone models,” he said.

He also mentioned about ‘Jio Drive’, an application that brings cloud capabilities to every smartphone. Using Jio Drive, anyone can store, sync and share any content between their own devices and also with their friends.

RJio is also ready to launch a suite of entertaining digital media products such as Jio Play’, Jio Beats, Jio Mags, Jio News.

With this Jio Play, one will be able to watch HDTV anytime, anywhere on any device. It has hundreds of channels, across categories and languages.

“We have built a best in class, personalized video on demand application that brings Bollywood, regional and international movies, TV episodes, trailers and music videos in High Definition for your entertainment,” Ambani said.

‘Jio Beats’ is a premier digital music streaming service that gives instant access to millions of songs and curated playlists – from old favourites to the latest hits. One can also download music and listen to it offline.

‘Jio Mags’ provides the most popular collection of magazines, in full colour and with a slew of innovative features. One can read past issues along with the very latest issues. Imagine enjoying favourite magazine on your mobile and tablet with embedded videos.

‘Jio News’ delivers a one stop shop for all news from leading news publishing houses across multiple languages and categories. It offers instant live updates with zero loading time and offline reading capability.

All these services are ready and are being piloted today and will be launched along with Jio connectivity services, Ambani added.

RJio is also working on Jio Money, a digital money and digital payments business. Jio Money will play a crucial role in digitisation of payments in India by offering a platform for ubiquitous, affordable and secure digital payments.

Customers can use Jio Money’s digital wallet, a Jio Money card or any other credit/debit card directly from the wallet to pay merchant seamlessly and instantly.

Jio Money digital wallet will also give consumers the option of opening a digital bank account or linking their existing account.

The company has also partnered with India’s largest commercial bank, State Bank of India, to apply for the payments bank license under regulations issued by the Reserve Bank of India.

Ambani also said that “we have created a legacy free, next-generation voice and broadband network which can be seamlessly upgraded even to 5G and beyond.”

In that sense, what Jio is building is a powerful platform on which a range of rich digital services can be enabled. It does not matter whether these services are created by Jio itself, its ecosystem partners or anyone globally. We are committed to the principles of Net Neutrality, he added.

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