Alphabet Inc, the company behind Google, is reportedly planning on shifting the manufacturing process and supply to India due to Covid restrictions in China.
- Google might soon start shifting its manufacturing base of Pixel phones to India.
- This decision will be taken depending on how long the Covid restrictions will be there on China, amidst rising tensions with the USA.
- The company might also consider Vietnam to be another manufacturing location.
Alphabet Inc, the company that owns Google, is reportedly planning to shift its manufacturing base of google Pixel smartphones to India. Reports indicate that this decision comes from CEO Sundar Pichai. He has thought about this ever since China imposed new restrictions and lockdowns amidst the new Covid outbreak.
Currently, new resorts have surfaced, which indicates that various bids have been solicited from Indian manufacturers by Google to produce anywhere between 500,000 to 1 million new Pixel smartphones. These figures are estimated to be equivalent to 10% to 20% of the total annual production of Google Pixel smartphones.
CEO Sundar Pichai wanted to start production in early 2022 but was not able to due to decision-making red tape. However, even if this decision has been approved by Alphabet, the primary components and semiconductors will still be imported from China and assembled in Indian manufacturing units. Vietnam can also become a possible new manufacturing unit in the near future, though this decision is unconfirmed.
After Apple, @Google is considering making #Pixel phones in India. The company's CEO, Sundar Pichai previewed a plan for Indian manufacturing earlier this year, but, the final decision has not yet been made.@joinsumit tells you more— WION (@WIONews) September 13, 2022
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Alphabet plans to go ahead with this decision after rivals Apple has also started producing the iPhone 13 series phones in India. Apple has been doing so by offering contracts to manufacturing partners Wistromnn and Foxconn.
The new Pixel phones and the first Google smartwatch will all be unveiled at a Google event to be held next month on 6th October.