Google has reportedly partnered with HTC to provide after sales support for the Pixel phones in India.
HTC will provide after sales service in 56 service centres spread across 30 cities, reports The Economic Times. The report also adds that Redington, the same distributor that handles Apple products in India, will be Google’s national distributor for “all channels.”
This partnership means that the Pixel phones will be available across more than a thousand retail channels in India.
The report goes on to suggest that the Pixel phone will be imported to India and sold and that it would take advantage of HTC’s retail network and chain stores like Vijay Sales, Chroma and Reliance Digital.
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones represent a change in track for Google. The company’s earlier Nexus program was primarily targeted at developers, offering them a capable platform to work on.
The Pixel program differs from this in that Google is offering consumers a chance to experience the Google ecosystem at its best.
The Pixel and Pixel XL offer the same hardware—a Snapdragon 821 with 4GB of RAM and 32/128GB storage options—in different form factors. The Pixel offers a Full HD 5-inch screen while the Pixel XL offers a 2560×1440 (2K), 5.5-inch screen.
Pre-orders for the Pixel smartphones begin tomorrow. The official pricing for the phones starts at Rs 57,000.