Google Pixel phones could be assembled in India amid China lockdowns, US tensions: report

According to a report, Google Pixel smartphones may be assembled in India in the future. Apparently, Google has been soliciting bids from Indian manufacturers to be part of the company’s estimated annual production of Pixel smartphones. Google plans to move assembly of Pixel phones from China due to COVID-19 lockdowns in the country that have hit manufacturing and supply chains. Another reason highlighted for this shift in manufacturing is the rising geopolitical tensions between China and the United States. Google becomes the second major company after Apple to consider India as an alternative production hub.

A report by The Information (via Reuters) quoted a person with direct knowledge of the talks as saying that Google had solicited bids from Indian manufacturers to manufacture between 500,000 and 1 million Pixel smartphones. These figures represent 10-20% of the estimated annual production of Google’s Pixel smartphones.

Cited reasons for moving some of its Pixel smartphone production out of China include the country’s COVID-19 lockdowns that have disrupted manufacturing and supply chains and rising geopolitical tensions with the United States after a trip of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Taiwan earlier this year. .

It is unclear which models of Pixel smartphones Google wants to assemble in India. The last flagships sold by Google in India were the Pixel 3 series of smartphones. Google skipped the Pixel 4 series, but introduced the mid-range Pixel 4a, skipped the Pixel 5 series as well as the Pixel 5a, and again only launched the premium Pixel 6a in the country skipping the flagship Pixel 6 series altogether. The company is expected to launch the Pixel 7 series on October 6.

Google has become the second largest manufacturer after Apple, which plans to transfer part of its smartphone production to India. The Cupertino company is also reportedly planning to use its in-country manufacturing lines to supplement iPhone 14 production in China amid geopolitical issues and disrupted economic activity due to COVID-19-related restrictions in the country. country.


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