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Reliance Jio’s boquet of apps will leave you hooked

business Updated: Sep 06, 2016 15:09 IST

New Delhi Once you have activated the RelJio SIM on your phone,the first thing that will strike you is the wide range of apps.

The set of eight apps, which tries to cover all areas, from entertainment to news to storage services, can be accessed and downloaded from a singe mother app named My Jio. The minimum download speed is 15mbps, while the upload speed is 5mbps.

The current app world can be compared to the RWorld of the old CDMA service (which marked the entry of the undivided Reliance group in telecom) of 2002.

Since the 4G LTE is also offered for free along with the Jio SIM for the first three months, more content can be accessed through the eight apps. So for entertainment, there is JioBeats - a music streaming app similar to Wynk and JioPlay - a live TV app, along with JioOnDemand content app, which works like a Hotstar or Hooq.

Using JioBeats, you can access unlimited ad-free HD music in your favorite language, and then download them for free. The app comes packed with over 2.5 million songs and a live radio service. Users can also see over 350-plus live TV channels in more than 15 plus languages using the JioTV app. Key features of the app include a seven-day catch-up, quick content discovery and reminders.

In video-on-demand service, Jio offers movies, trailers, TV shows and other clips via JioCinema. It is an on-demand video library with over 1,00,000-plus hours of content -- movies, TV shows, music videos, Jio shorts, trailers. Some key features of the app includes full HD video streaming and 5.1 surround sound content.

The company has also tried to simply the call and SMS service on phones with the JioJoin app. The app not only brings chats, texts, video and voice calls under one umbrella but also allows users to use non-VoLTE smartphones to make HD voice and video calls to any landline or mobile number anywhere in the world. User can also share files using the app.

Jio also didn’t want consumers to fall behind in terms of news and magazines. While the News app offers breaking news content across 11 categories, it also options for serveral indic languages including Kannada, Telegu, Bengali and Hindi. The news app is also capable of taking news offline to allow users to read it during their convenience.

JioMags on the other hand offers premium subscriptions of magazines. “It is an enormous collection of magazines across categories and in multiple languages- English, Hindi and Indian regional. It’s like having your very own bookshelf with you, wherever you go,” the company claims.

However, the most important thing for an user is to backup his or her data. Just like iCloud for iPhones, Jio SIM cards and phones comes with a 5GB of cloud storage space called JioDrive. The app can help take backup of contacts, photos, music, documents, messages and call logs.

The company also had another app called Switch N Talk app that was not found on the Play Store. It was a file transfer app but is no longer downloadable.

First Published: Sep 06, 2016 15:09 IST