India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, pictured, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese company Huawei, with a view to launching the company’s first Android smartphone within months.
The government is also set to launch a second handset by Huawei in the next few weeks, which will reportedly feature an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip.
The Indian prime minister is also reportedly in talks with Chinese companies like Huawei, ZTE and Huawei Technologies, which could lead to a third Huawei smartphone.
It is unclear if the agreement will lead to Huawei acquiring or developing the technology.
In the first few months of the Modi government, the government is reportedly in negotiations with Huawei to introduce the company into the Indian market.
In addition, India is reportedly set to enter into negotiations with China to establish a manufacturing hub in the country, which is reportedly the largest in Asia.
The two countries are also believed to be negotiating the development of the next-generation smartphones in India, which may include a fingerprint scanner and other sensors.
India has also launched a website for its smartphones, which includes links to a series of photos taken by Prime Minister Modi, his wife, Akshay Kumar, and other dignitaries.
India’s smartphone sales rose to 1.5 million in September, a jump of 1.1 percent from the previous month.
The Indian government has been keen to boost smartphone sales in the face of a shortage of available devices in India.
In the past year, the Indian government also launched an Android smartphone platform called Jio which offers an exclusive service to its customers.
The government has also announced a slew of free smartphone apps for people to download, with more to come.