Indian Telco Jio Rumored to Partner with NVIDIA on STB

The Indian telecommunications ecosystem has been a major driver of the economy lately as cell phones continue to become more prevalent. Yet, the world isn’t just communicating through phones, but other devices like wearables and smart TVs. One company, Jio, is trying to get ahead of the curve by offering users a set-top box for their TVs and include a wireless controller. Instead of reinventing the wheel, they seem to have tapped NVIDIA and tasked them with building a version of the Shield TV for the Indian market.

Rumors suggest that NVIDIA has been working with game developers to build an Indian version of their Shield Hub app and have it ready with games. Other core apps, like the Google Play Store, will be included on the device, so it will still be a proper “Android TV”.

The device apparently is already being tested. It looks just like the NVIDIA Shield, and it’s likely that it will be exactly like the Shield in terms of function and design but with a few additional apps Jio provides themselves.

What are these additional apps? A screenshot suggests at least three will be included: Jio TV, some sort of live TV app, Jio On Demand, for clearly not live TV, and Jio Drive, which will probably allow users to browse photos and videos that they’ve stored. A number of games also seem┬áto be included.

There isn’t any more information about the device, as to when it’s going to start shipping or its price. It is good to see NVIDIA expanding their devices to new markets and for those markets to be receptive to a standard version of Android rather than trying to make their own.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub ( Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop. Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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