Apple, Google, and Samsung have announced that they will soon release software updates for their smartphones in India, which will activate 5G support. Local authorities have previously requested the leading vendors to expedite the release of the software for the second largest mobile market in the world.
It is known that local operators of Reliance Jio and Airtel have already started offering 5G services in some Indian cities, but many popular smartphones still do not connect the fifth generation, although technically they are technically able to do so.
Apple is known to have promised to launch an upgrade of the software in December, which is about models that support 5G, starting with iPhone 12.
Google also promised to update its gadgets, although the company chose not to name a specific time frame. The necessary technical capabilities are available from Pixel 4a 5G to the latest Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. The companies stated that they were working with communication operators to provide new opportunities as early as possible.
Similarly to Apple and Google, Samsung, the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the country, is also working on software updates for its models. The companies stressed that Samsung is one of the pioneers of 5G compatible smartphones and has the largest portfolio of related devices in India. The updates will be available by air for all compatible devices as early as mid-November.
In July, India sold access to 5Gs at auction for a record value of about $20 billion, and most of the spectrum went to Jio's operator, who promised to spend $25 billion just to open and expand fifth-generation services.
Apple and Google are known to own only a fraction of India's smartphone market, 4% of Apple's, and Google's share is insignificant. According to Counterpoint, in July there were 50 million smartphones compatible with 5G in India. It is noteworthy that, according to Bharti Airtel, some models of Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Realme and OnePlus are already able to work with 5G in India.
So far, Airtel has introduced 5G services in 8 cities, and Reliance Jio in 4 cities, with Jio providing access only by special invitations.