In India, 5G capability is still not available to Google Pixel phone owners. The company however did not provide any timeframe but according to a new Google update, the over-the-air (OTA) upgrade enabling 5G functionality on Pixel devices could begin to roll out by Q1 of 2023. Currently, the nation’s 5G network services are provided by Airtel and Jio. They began the launch in a few key locations before eventually expanding to additional cities all over the nation.
Google confirmed that it will release the upgrade that will enable 5G connectivity for Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, and Pixel 7 Pro smartphones in India in the first quarter of 2023. The update that would allow 5G connectivity on the Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, and Pixel 7 Pro devices will be released between January 2023 and March 2023, the firm said, though it did not provide a more precise release date. The tech giant in a statement said, “We have been actively working with Indian carriers on the various requirements that go into provisioning 5G and look forward to rolling this out for Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel 6a in Q1 2023.”
It’s important to note that Google is one of the few smartphone businesses left that hasn’t launched support for 5G connection in India. It has been about three months since 5G services were launched in the nation by Airtel and Jio. The wait is still ongoing for Pixel users even though the majority of Android and iPhone handsets can now utilise Airtel and Jio 5G in the nation. However, just after the 5G service was launched Google announced that it was collaborating with Indian telecom service providers to release an upgrade that would enable 5G connectivity on its Pixel handsets soon.
On their 5G-enabled smartphones, brands like Samsung, Oppo, Vivo and OnePlus have already made 5G networking capabilities available in India. More recently, Apple released an over-the-air (OTA) update for the iPhone 12 series, iPhone 13 series, iPhone 14 series, and the iPhone SE 2022 that enabled 5G connectivity.
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