Google plans production of smartphones, drones in Tamil Nadu, India


Tech giant Google will soon start manufacturing its Pixel smartphones in India, sources familiar with the development have told the BBC.

The phones are set to be produced at an existing Foxconn facility in Tamil Nadu.

In addition, Google plans to independently manufacture drones in the state.

India had emerged as a key destination for global firms seeking to diversify supply chains outside China amid geopolitical tensions with the West.

Last year, Google announced plans to manufacture Pixel smartphones in India, beginning with the Pixel 8.

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“India is a priority market for Pixel smartphones and we’re committed to bringing the best of our hardware and underlying built-in software capabilities to people across the country,” the company said in a blog post.

On Friday, sources informed the BBC that Alphabet’s Google would produce advanced versions of Pixel smartphones at the Tamil Nadu facility, with manufacturing set to commence within this calendar year.

A contract had been signed between Google and Foxconn to this effect, the sources said.

Foxconn currently operates two facilities in Tamil Nadu, including one near Chennai where it assembles Apple’s iPhones.

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