According to the latest data, Google Pixel series smartphones could be launched in India. So far, Google has evaluated the suggestions from the country’s manufacturers. In light of the recent lockdowns related to the outbreak of COVID-19 in China, as well as in connection with the escalation of geopolitical tensions between the United States and China, there are plans to gradually transfer production from China to a neighboring country.
Google has become the second largest company after Apple and considers India as an alternative manufacturing hub instead of China. This is reported in the material on The Information portal with a reference to a “source familiar with the subject”.
It is claimed that Google has already considered applications from India-based manufacturers willing to produce 500,000 to 1 million Pixel smartphones annually. We are talking about 10-20% of the estimated annual production volume.
In addition to health restrictions in China, which have repeatedly disrupted manufacturing processes and supply chains, the aggravated international situation is also cited as a reason for the postponement after US politicians, including US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, visited Taiwan earlier this year.
It is not yet known which smartphone models Google intends to assemble in India. It is known that in the country itself the company did not sell the Pixel 4, 5, 5a and 6, but the Pixel 4a and 6a. Data on the Pixel 7 series is not yet available.
Apple already manufactures some iPhone models in India at Foxconn and Wistron factories, and recently Indian conglomerate Tata entered negotiations with Wistron to jointly assemble Apple smartphones. According to rumors, Apple does not rule out the production of models from the iPhone 14 series here.