According to a report, Google Pixel smartphones may eventually be made in India. A portion of Google’s expected annual manufacturing of Pixel devices appears to have been put out to bid from Indian manufacturers.
Due to COVID-19 lockdowns in the country that have impacted supply chains and production, Google is reportedly planning to transfer Pixel phone assembly from China.
Rising geopolitical tensions between China and the US are another factor cited for this change in production. Google is now the second significant business, after Apple, to consider India as a potential alternative production location.
Google has requested bids from Indian manufacturers to produce between 5,000 and 1,000,000 Pixel smartphones, according to a story by The Information (via Reuters), which quoted a person with direct knowledge of the conversations. These figures correspond to 10% to 20% of Google’s Pixel devices’ expected annual manufacturing.
The country’s COVID-19 lockdowns, which have disrupted manufacturing and supply chains, and rising geopolitical tensions with the US following a trip by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan earlier this year are cited as the reasons for moving some of its Pixel smartphone production outside of China.
The Pixel devices that Google plans to produce in India are still unknown. The Pixel 3 series of smartphones were Google’s final flagships to be released in India.
Google skipped the Pixel 4 series but released the mid-range Pixel 4a, skipped the Pixel 5 series and Pixel 5a as well, and then once more introduced only the expensive Pixel 6a in the nation while completely excluding the top Pixel 6 series. The Pixel 7 series is expected to debut on October 6 thanks to the firm.
After Apple, which is considering moving some of its smartphone production to India, Google has emerged as the second-largest producer. According to reports, the Cupertino corporation also intends to employ its production facilities there to complement iPhone 14 production in China, which has been hampered by geopolitical tensions and COVID-19-related economic disruptions.