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Download and Play! Reliance Jio brings famous Augmented Reality (AR) Game “Pokemon GO” in India

With this partnership, Reliance Digital Stores and select partner premises will appear as "PokeStops" or "Gyms" as shown in the "Pokemon GO" game

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Playing Pokemon Go one of augmented reality game. Pixabay

Mumbai, Dec 13, 2016: Ending the wait for millions of gaming lovers in India, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (Jio) has brought the famous augmented reality (AR) game “Pokemon GO” to the country with Niantic, the US-based software company and developer of the gaming app.

Starting December 14, Jio customers will be able to download and play “Pokemon GO” without incurring data charges — like any other apps and content — till March 31, 2017, the company said in a statement.

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“It is exciting to see Pokemon fans in India step out and explore their neighbourhoods in search of Pokemon and Jio’s disruptive, high speed 4G/LTE network will be an excellent way to experience the game,” said John Hanke, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Niantic, in a statement.

On JioChat, Jio’s social messaging app, Pokemon players will have access to an exclusive “Pokemon Go Channel” that will enable players to collaborate and be part of an exciting community with daily tips, contests, clues and special events.

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“Our partnership with Niantic not only brings access to the Pokemon GO app but also opens the door to more opportunities for our customers to enjoy content on Jio’s one-of-a-kind mobile broadband network,” added Mathew Oommen, President, Reliance Jio.

The game uses the GPS capabilities of the device in conjunction with Google Maps to “place” creatures in real world locations, which you then try to find using your device as a guide.

Once you are in proximity to the “placed” creature, you then use your device’s camera to “view” the creature and try to “capture” it by throwing “Pokeballs” at it.

“With over 500 million downloads globally, we are excited to launch Pokemon GO officially in Indiaon the Reliance Jio network,” Oommen added. (IANS)

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Reliance Jio Tops in Terms of 4G Availability

Airtel's speed score for 4G LTE was 11.23, that of Vodafone was 9.13, as per the report. Jio registered a score of 7.11, while that of Idea was 7.02

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Jio services now include attractive lifestyle products as well. (Wikimedia Commons)

Reliance Jio topped in terms of 4G availability among the telecom service providers with 98.8 per cent availability during the second half of 2018, an Ookla report said on Tuesday.

Jio was followed by Airtel with 90 per cent availability, said the report titled, “Analyzing India’s 4G Availability: Including a Look at the 15 Largest Cities”.

“At country-level, Jio shows an impressive 98.8 per cent 4G availability. That means that a Jio customer has access to LTE service at 98.8 per cent of surveyed locations. Airtel is second at 90.0 per cent, followed by Vodafone (84.6 per cent) and Idea (82.8 per cent),” it said.

Vodafone and Idea merged last August, but the brands continue to operate independently.

“If that (Vodafone Idea operations) were to change, we’d expect to see better general availability for all customers as the two brands’ coverage areas are complementary,” the report noted.

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In terms of speed, Airtel turned out to be the fastest mobile operator in India during the period under review, regardless of whether a customer was on LTE or not, said the Ookla report.

The ranking of the other operators does not change based on LTE use with Vodafone taking second fastest, Jio third and Idea fourth.

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Airtel’s speed score for 4G LTE was 11.23, that of Vodafone was 9.13, as per the report. Jio registered a score of 7.11, while that of Idea was 7.02.

“Until 5G is rolled out, LTE is the fastest connection type available to consumers. India shows us, however, that 4G availability does not automatically equate to fastest service. To compare which of India’s largest mobile operators is fastest, we have used Speed Score, a combined measure of download and upload speed that incorporates several tiers of performance,” the report added. (IANS)