Reliance JioBook: Since its release one month ago at a price point of Rs 16,499, the affordable JioBook from Reliance Jio has been criticized for its content. A2D Channel, a YouTuber, has revealed troubling aspects of the JioBook, including the presence of over 18 adult apps and more than 50 apps banned by the Indian government on the JioOS app store.
JioBook containing troubling content
A2D Channel identified significant flaws within the JioBook in a comprehensive teardown and walkthrough video. One of the most prominent criticisms is the company’s decision to ship JioBook with JioOS 1.0, an Android fork, rather than the more appropriate ChromeOS. The discovery of apps like Mandarin Matrix, a Chinese language learning app, and previously banned apps like TikTok is a major factor in this criticism. In addition, the YouTuber demonstrated that the JioBook’s app store contains several 18+ adult applications that are easily accessible.
While Jio includes a disclaimer in its app store stating that “additional apps are not hosted on JioStore and are made available through a third-party store,” A2D Channel argues that Jio could have implemented more effective filters for apps from the third-party store.
Google Mobile Services Absent from JioBook
In addition, the absence of Google Mobile Services prevents JioBook users from accessing the Google Play Store, forcing them to rely solely on the device’s native app store. This restriction presents obstacles for users seeking a larger app selection.
Concerns have been raised by critics in light of the fact that the JioBook is marketed as an inexpensive laptop aimed primarily at students. Providing a secure and age-appropriate app environment is crucial for protecting young users in this context.
Reliance Jio has not yet issued an official response to these criticisms, leaving users and prospective purchasers eager to see how the company addresses the issues raised in the video.