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WhatsApp now Available on KaiOS

WhatsApp is now available on KaiOS, as the iOS is expanding it catalogue of APPs.

KaiOS is a mobile operating system based on Linux, owned by KaiOS Technologies, a US-based company. It is forked from B2G, an open source community-driven successor of Firefox OS which was discontinued by Mozilla in 2016.

According to KaiOS Technologies official website, maker of KaiOS, the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones, and Facebook, the social networking company whose goal is to bring the world closer together, today announced WhatsApp’s availability for download in the KaiStore, on both 512MB and 256MB RAM devices. Further, by Q3 2019, most smart feature phones powered by KaiOS will have WhatsApp preinstalled upon shipment. Facebook is already available on KaiOS phones in India, Africa, Europe, and APAC. 

WhatsApp has been gradually released for select KaiOS devices over the past year. Last September, the app came to JioPhone handsets, which run the OS, and Android Authority reported that it came to the Nokia 8110 back in April, but only in India. This is the first time it is available in a broader worldwide release. The app is now available for a total of seven KaiOS devices; the Cat B35, Doro 7060, JioPhone (Reliance Jio), JioPhone 2 (Reliance Jio), MTN Smart, Nokia 8110 (HMD Global), and the Orange Sanza

KaiOS Taking over Budget Features phones

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In Western markets, phones like the Nokia 8110 are positioned as the kind of phone that you purchase if you want to get away from modern apps. But the same isn’t true in developing nations where these phones’ low-cost, simplicity, and long battery life (the Nokia 8110 has 25 days of standby, for example) are much more essential. In many of these countries, WhatsApp is a near-essential communications service, and now users won’t be cut out from it if they don’t own a smartphone.

KaiOS is a lightweight operating system that’s currently available on a small number of feature phones. The operating system actually started its life as a fork of Firefox OS after Firefox gave up on the idea of a phone OS. The operating system has since attracted investment from Google, and voice-typing powered by Google Assistant arrived on the platform earlier this year.

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