Google plans to make Pixel smartphones in India

Alphabet Google is considering shifting the production of some Pixel phones to India due to the Covid-19 epidemic blockade in China, the impact of the regional situation...etc.

Alphabet did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment, and Google has solicited bids from Indian manufacturers to produce 500,000 to 1 million Pixel smartphones, equivalent to 10% to 20% of the device's estimated annual production.

The report added that Google CEO Sundar Pichai previewed plans for manufacturing in India earlier this year, but no final decision has been made. If approved, Indian production operations will still need to import components from China.

According to Nikkei, Alphabet is also considering Vietnam as another manufacturing base.

The company's main smartphone rival, Apple, already manufactures at least four iPhone 13 models in India through its foundry partners Foxconn and Wistron. Apple is also reportedly considering producing the iPhone 14 series in India.

Global supply chains suffered partial disruptions earlier this year when cities such as Shanghai imposed lockdowns due to a surge in Covid-19 cases.

Google will hold an event in the United States on October 6 to release new Pixel phone models and its first Pixel Watch smartwatch.

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