India wants Apple, Samsung and other phone brands to roll out 5G update

The Indian government is looking to meet with smartphone brands like Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi and many more to make sure their phones are compatible with India’s 5G networks. While brands such as Xiaomi and Vivo have already offered 5G support for their phones, the same cannot be said for Apple and Samsung.

According to a Reuters report, the government will hold a closed-door meeting with tech giants to ensure that all of its phones can run on 5G in India. According to the details shared on the Airtel website, a large number of Samsung and Apple phones sold in India require a software upgrade to run 5G in the country.

As for Apple, none of its recent iPhone models can run India’s 5G network, which is proving to be a concern for the country’s regime.

Not having Apple on board the country’s 5G mission is certainly a big setback, and it’s been mentioned that the company could take a few months to make its iPhone lineup compatible with India’s 5G networks. It has nothing to do with the telecom carrier, as the device maker has yet to unlock the 5G modem built into the core chipset inside the phones.

Apple in its official statement said that by December 2022, 5G-enabled iPhones will receive a software update for 5G support.

“We are working with our carrier partners in India to deliver the best 5G experience to iPhone users as soon as network validation and quality and performance testing is complete. 5G will be enabled through a software update and will begin rolling out to iPhone users in December,” Apple said.

Similarly, Google and Samsung have also shared updates on its software version to support 5G networks in India. “Pixel 7, 7 Pro and Pixel 6a are 5G-enabled devices. We are actively working with Indian carriers to enable the feature at the earliest,” Google said in a statement. Samsung has confirmed that all of its devices will be 5G ready in India by the end of November.

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