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Storms and KaiOS Technologies bring “Fruit Ninja” and “Jetpack Joyride” to 150 million KaiOS-enabled devices

From the beginning of this year, Storms has brought 40 game titles ranging from arcade, action, sports to puzzle and logic genres to the KaiOS ecosystem.

26 August 2021 – Singapore-based gaming startup Storms and KaiOS Technologies, maker of the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones, today announced their partnership to bring the instantly playable version of mobile hit games – “Fruit Ninja” and “Jetpack Joyride” – to over 150 million KaiOS-powered smart feature phones globally, offering iconic and exciting gaming experience for new internet users for all ages.

Smart feature phones running on KaiOS are a hybrid of feature phones and smartphones  that require limited memory and are optimised for the non-touch interface. While these phones have a similar look and feel compared to 2G basic phones, they offer smartphone functionalities such as access to the internet, essential apps, and multimedia resources.

Since the first KaiOS-enabled device was introduced to the market in 2017, KaiOS has gained widespread popularity. More than 150 million devices have been shipped worldwide, with their unique mix of capability and affordability that breaks new ground for mobile devices. KaiOS is now the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones that brings mobile connectivity to underserved communities in over 150 countries. 

Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies, said, “Storms and KaiOS share the same mission, which is to empower all people – especially the underserved markets – with quality content. We have seen how Storms’ gaming content is being appreciated by KaiOS phone users. Over the last eight months, Storms’ games have been downloaded more than one million times via the KaiStore, with markets such as Pakistan, Nigeria and Tanzania experiencing the highest number of installs.”

Codeville added, “Seeing how arcade games such as Shoot and Fish are topping the list when it comes to game installs, we are thrilled to welcome the well-loved Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride which fall under the same game category to our KaiOS ecosystem.”

Quality gaming experience on smart feature phones made possible
Fruit Ninja is the number one most downloaded iOS gaming app across 141 countries in the Casual category, while Jetpack Joyride was awarded for the Best Action/Arcade game, Best Overall Game on PocketGamer and Apple Design Award during WWDC 2012.

Storms owns the exclusive rights to convert “Fruit Ninja” and “Jetpack Joyride” into instant games’ format with original core gameplay and assets.

David Yin, CEO of Storms, commented, “While it’s exciting to see how the increasing range of devices and platforms on which games can be played is transforming the gaming industry, we need to be mindful that over three billion people are still left out of the digital revolution. KaiOS is an industry leader that has made the Internet more accessible through light, affordable technology, and we are delighted to partner with them in connecting over 150 million users with 40 game titles across different genres.”

The technology behind the games
Storms worked closely with Halfbrick Studios to specially design the two well-loved game titles for KaiOS devices, taking into account the classic keypad interface of smart feature phones and pared down the 3D graphics into 2D without compromising on user experience.

Designed to run on low-spec hardware, KaiOS is a light operating system leveraging open, web-based technologies such as HTML5 to create a rich, intuitive user experience and enable access to essential apps and other internet-based resources. In addition, the open architecture of KaiOS allows developers to easily create apps for KaiOS, reaching a previously untapped audience on smart feature phones. 

Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride are now available for download from the KaiStore here and here in more than 150 countries with active KaiOS users.

About Storms Social Instant Games
Storms is a Singapore-based gaming startup invested in by Singtel, AIS, SK Telecom and EDB New Ventures, with a focus on strategic initiatives ranging from social instant-play games to hyper-casual mobile games development and publishing. 

Storms Social Instant Games is Storms’ key business line that is committed to making quality games more accessible to two billion users in the emerging markets through our social instant gaming page (web), Storms Instant Games mobile app and the region’s leading superapps.

For more information, visit https://storms.com/instant-gaming/ and follow us on LinkedIn and Instagram.

About KaiOS Technologies  
KaiOS Technologies powers an ecosystem of affordable digital products and services, and exists to empower people around the world through technology. Its flagship product, KaiOS, is the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones with more than 150 million devices shipped in over 150 countries. Kai’s mission is to open up new possibilities for individuals, organizations, and societies by bringing mobile connectivity to the billions of people without internet in emerging markets, as well as providing those in established markets with an alternative to smartphones. KaiOS is based on HTML5 and other open web technologies. Devices running on the platform require limited memory, while still offering a rich user experience through access to apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, and many more.  

For more information about KaiOS, please visit www.kaiostech.com and www.twitter.com/kaiOSTech.

Press Contact:
Storms Media Contact
Margareta Anastasia
+65 8436 4978
anastasia@storms.com

KaiOS Media Contact
Eletta Leung
+852 9139 3746
eletta.leung@kaiostech.com

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SIVOO streams content on KaiOS to bring affordable entertainment to emerging markets

PARIS, FRANCE and PHILADELPHIA, USA, August 18, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ — KaiOS Technologies, the leading operating system for smart feature phones, and SIVOO, Inc., a global network of multicultural on-demand entertainment programming, announced today that SivooTV is available on KaiOS, providing video entertainment content to over 150 million KaiOS-enabled smart feature phones worldwide.

Launching in the United States and Nigeria in the first phase, the SivooTV app will then be rolled out globally via KaiStore. It offers a wide range of entertainment programming from third-party content providers. SIVOO is responsible for video content licensing, video encoding and transcoding as well as video streaming. News, Sports, Music, Lifestyle, and Kids’ video programming are some of the core content verticals with selected titles offered in 15 high-demand languages, including English, French, Spanish, Hindi, and Arabic. This is particularly essential to KaiOS users with limited literacy. There will also be premier content packages available for users to choose from on SivooTV.

“SIVOO is focused on the same objective as we are: to bring quality content and information to a wider audience segment, including those impacted by the digital divide globally,” said Mathieu Boyer, Senior Director, Ecosystem & Partnerships of KaiOS Technologies. “Here in KaiOS, we see a rising trend in video app usage on our platform, with a growing demand for streaming content in general and a higher mobile internet penetration. Our partnership comes right in time to address our users’ needs and desires with access to live video streams – in a wide range of languages and on affordable devices.”

“KaiOS represents one of the fastest-growing mobile platforms in the world with presence in more than 150 countries,” said Dr. Burhan Fatah, SIVOO’s Chief Executive Officer. “SIVOO is thrilled to be working with KaiOS to serve under-represented populations in emerging markets, allowing all KaiOS users to benefit from the affordable entertainment at their fingertips via the SivooTV network. The programming will be available in multiple local and high demand languages, making SivooTV a more attractive venue for viewers and advertisers alike.”

About KaiOS Technologies
KaiOS Technologies powers an ecosystem of affordable digital products and services, and exists to empower people around the world through technology. Its flagship product, KaiOS, is the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones with more than 150 million devices shipped in over 150 countries. Kai’s mission is to open up new possibilities for individuals, organizations, and societies by bringing mobile connectivity to the billions of people without internet in emerging markets, as well as providing those in established markets with an alternative to smartphones. KaiOS is based on HTML5 and other open web technologies. Devices running on the platform require limited memory, while still offering a rich user experience through access to apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, and many more.  

For more information about KaiOS, please visit www.kaiostech.com 

About SIVOO
Founded in 2000, SIVOO, Inc. operates the first Internet TV network of multicultural on-demand entertainment. It serves telcos and mobile operators across the world with thousands of hours of quality on-demand content that is delivered through to PCs, televisions, portable devices and mobile phones. Only SIVOO gives consumers the choice of watching ad-supported on-demand multicultural entertainment for free or without ads for a nominal fee. SIVOO’s proprietary system currently serves all major mobile platform as well OTT type of services.

SIVOO is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

SIVOO is a trademark of SIVOO Holdings, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Developer community

Taleemabad app now available on KaiOS

Orenda, a company that aims to provide education to children all over Pakistan, has now launched its Taleemabad Learning App on KaiOS.

First developed in February 2017 for Android devices, the Taleemabad Learning App features animated content, assessments and games that cover the Pakistani National Curriculum for Grades Nursery until Grade 6.  A huge problem in Pakistani children is the issue of learning poverty, where children who are enrolled in schools aren’t learning at their level. The Taleemabad Learning App through adaptive learning gauges the current performance level and then adjusts the student accordingly. 

All these exciting features are now available for KaiOS where they can be accessed by an even greater audience.

The goal

Girls in rural areas and children from the lowest-income households have been most likely to go without education in Pakistan. Large numbers of schools have been regularly closed because of either COVID or poor teaching facilities with high rates of teacher absenteeism. To tackle this range of barriers affecting children’s access to education, Taleemabad and KaiOS have partnered together to bring forth an affordable solution for the individuals in the marginalized under-resourced communities all over the nation.

The partnership has allowed students from underprivileged communities with no or limited access to education to engage in smaller chunks of learning and tackle the basics of numeracy and literacy before committing to more advanced learning. 

The technology

Taleembad’s pioneering work is to ensure that everyone – regardless of whether you’re near or far from any major city – can access learning opportunities when it matters most: from early childhood to fifth grade.

With this in mind, Taleemabad is leveraging emerging technologies to effectively adapt users’ preferences to increase their access to education and extend its reach beyond classroom walls.  It has empowered online learning all over Pakistan and provided students with the freedom to learn from the comforts of their homes. 

The app’s user-friendly experience has helped students in the transition and enter an unfamiliar online learning educational environment – new to many all over the country.

Why KaiOS?

In Pakistan, the smartphone penetration rate was forecasted at 51% for 2020, five times higher than in 2014 – an assumption based on the consistent decline in mobile device prices and increasing shipment numbers of smartphones across developing countries like Pakistan. Nevertheless, smartphone penetration is still low in many small cities and villages in the country. 

Designed to run on low-spec hardware, KaiOS is a light operating system leveraging open, web-based technologies such as HTML5 to create a rich, intuitive user experience and enable access to essential apps and other internet-based resources. These highly affordable KaiOS-enabled devices are being used by a considerable portion of the population in Pakistan. They have also become quite popular in many places with little to no smartphone access.

Available for download in the KaiStore, the Taleemabad app will provide access to meaningful education all over the nation. Orenda Project aims to be scaled up by developing it into a KaiOS-compatible program while offering more diverse educational opportunities for those living outside major cities.

Sharing a similar, purposeful mission to use technology to close the digital divide, Orenda and KaiOS continue to work closely together to bridge the educational gap by creating access to free, engaging, high-quality digital content to the masses of many deserving children.

Acknowledgment

GSMA Innovation Fund is currently funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and supported by GSMA and its members.

Developer community

KaiOS launches new version of Life app in 30 countries

The second version of our Life app has daily content updates, in-app web browsing, and the ability to save and search posts. We’ve made these improvements based on feedback we received from tens of thousands of users of Life v1 and are now rolling out version two in 30* countries.

The new version of Life app can reach millions of new users across Africa, Europe, North America, Asia, Latin America and beyond

With Life, first-time internet users in emerging markets can learn about the world through tips, advice, and information on these core topics:

  • Upskilling
  • Kids Learning
  • Women Empowerment
  • Health
  • Digital Literacy
  • Agriculture
  • COVID-19

Content for these topics comes from selected companies and non-profit organizations such as Audiopedia, Worldreader, Justdiggit, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Girl Effect, wikiHow, Mosabi, GSMA, and many more! Thanks to these partnerships, the original Life app has steadily been in the top 5 apps on the KaiStore. In this new version, we’re delighted to welcome even more partners to join us, providing engaging and easy-to-follow content in various local languages to accommodate different needs and literacy levels.

Feature Details

The second version of Life brings these four new features.

  • Dynamic feed with daily new content: We’ve changed how we display information in the app to resemble KaiNews, our news app. This approach with daily updates keeps readers engaged and ensures all content is topical and relevant at all times.
  • In-app web browsing and multimedia support: With in-app web browsing, Life users enjoy a seamless experience when viewing our partners’ content. The newly integrated video and audio player also ensures uninterrupted browsing.
  • Search and save posts: Life v2 includes a search function based on keywords so that users can quickly find the topics they want to learn about. You can now also save content for later reference.
  • Regionalized content: Partners can tailor their content per region to address local needs, cultural differences, and other localization requirements.

How to download the new version of Life?

It is available on KaiOS devices in 30 countries with:

  • Both 256 and 512MB RAM
  • The latest Life version 3.1.0

Partnerships

We believe in enabling communities around the world through mobile technology with trusted, life-changing resources. If you’d like to help us provide content to Life users, please fill out this form to suggest content, and we’ll be in touch shortly.

*Check the countries/regions with Life app supported: https://www.kaiostech.com/explore/life-app/

Press releases

Data voice calls available for the first time to millions of smart feature phones users through WhatsApp VoIP on KaiOS devices

Hong Kong <8 June 2021> — KaiOS Technologies and WhatsApp released an update that enables WhatsApp VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) for KaiOS-enabled devices worldwide. The new feature is available to millions of smart feature phone users with the latest version of the app on  KaiOS devices worldwide equipped with 512MB RAM. 

“People are relying on WhatsApp now more than ever to communicate and stay in touch with their loved ones. We want to support communities who are on lighter operating systems in many places around the world. Bringing WhatsApp voice calls to KaiOS-enabled devices helps us connect the world privately through a service that is simple, reliable and accessible to everyone – no matter what kind of mobile device they’re using” said Matt Idema, COO of WhatsApp.

Committed to closing the digital divide, WhatsApp and KaiOS have worked closely together to ensure that even underserved populations have access to the technology needed to communicate in a simple and cost-effective way. Since its launch on KaiOS back in mid-2019, WhatsApp has been made available to millions of people in emerging markets for the first time. KaiOS users have been enjoying WhatsApp in the form of text messaging, voice messaging and sharing media, all  secured with end-to-end encryption by default to keep private conversations private. WhatsApp is now the top KaiOS non-system app with the highest monthly active users (MAU) worldwide. 

With the voice calling feature update, the app now allows voice calls over the Internet using Wi-Fi or mobile data, rather than pulling voice minutes from cellular plans. The new feature further enhances the overall KaiOS user experience, especially now, when strong mobility restrictions make platforms like WhatsApp and features like voice calls over the internet crucial for people to stay connected and handle basic life needs. As the only OS worldwide to natively support WhatsApp on affordable feature phones, KaiOS becomes an even more sustainable solution for carriers with WhatsApp VoIP, while tapping into the more than two billion 2G users to guide them toward more advanced, efficient technology.

“As demand for instant, effective communications has surged in the COVID-19 era, it is critical to ensure this transformation can also be reached to the emerging markets and those who are less digital savvy, at a faster speed and scale,” said Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies. “Together with WhatsApp, we are taking another significant step towards the goal to make essential, useful services accessible for everyone, including underserved communities, seniors looking for simple devices and those using KaiOS devices as a companion phone. Now with the voice calling feature, users can easily place a call anytime anywhere in a cost-effective way.”

How to activate:
WhatsApp VoIP is available on most of the new and existing KaiOS devices with:

  • 512MB RAM
  • the latest WhatsApp version 2.2110.41

To activate the new feature, KaiOS users should update the current version of WhatsApp on their devices by accepting the update notification within the app.  For new devices, the VoIP feature will be included in the latest version of WhatsApp, which is pre-installed upon shipment. 

About KaiOS Technologies  
KaiOS Technologies powers an ecosystem of affordable digital products and services, and exists to empower people around the world through technology. Its flagship product, KaiOS, is the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones with more than 150 million devices shipped in over 150 countries. Kai’s mission is to open up new possibilities for individuals, organizations, and societies by bringing mobile connectivity to the billions of people without internet in emerging markets, as well as providing those in established markets with an alternative to smartphones. KaiOS is based on HTML5 and other open web technologies. Devices running on the platform require limited memory, while still offering a rich user experience through access to apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, and many more.  

For more information about KaiOS, please visit www.kaiostech.com and www.twitter.com/KaiOSTech 

KaiOS Media Contact  
Eletta Leung 
eletta.leung@kaiostech.com

About WhatsApp
WhatsApp is a private message app that is simple, reliable, and secure. More than 2 billion people in over 180 countries use WhatsApp to stay in touch with friends and family, anytime and anywhere. WhatsApp is not only free but also available on multiple mobile devices and in low connectivity areas. It’s a simple and private way to share your favorite moments, send important information or catch up with a friend. You can send and receive photos, videos, documents and, when that’s not enough, you can make a video call or share a voice message. All messages and calls are secure with end-to-end encryption. WhatsApp helps people connect and share no matter where they are in the world. 

Partnership news

Justdiggit and KaiOS partnership regreens and connects rural Tanzania

Justdiggit and KaiOS have started a project to empower rural African farmers with mobile technology. Through KaiOS-enabled smart feature phones, 300 participants get information to improve their livelihoods, help avert climate change through regreening, and generally increase their quality of life with access to advanced digital services.

Regreening, why and how?

Climate change and misuse of land cause droughts and desertification, degrading vast areas of fertile farmlands. This leads to failed harvests, poverty, and climate refugees. In Africa, around 350 million smallholder farmers deal with these issues already or will have to soon.

Via a new Regreen App developed for KaiOS, Justdiggit aims to inspire and educate these farmers to regreen their lands. The app is based on Justdiggit’s proven and scalable regreening techniques, which have already regreened 60,000 Ha of (farm)lands in Africa within 3 years. This effort includes bringing back 5 million trees, which save 11 billion litres of water annually and capture more than 1.8M tons of CO2e.

The transformation of degraded lands

Besides the Regreen app, farmers in the program benefit from all KaiOS features, such as internet browsing and apps like YouTube, WhatsApp, and Facebook. This means that our project tackles three important issues simultaneously:

  • Improve farmers’ livelihoods
  • Combat climate change
  • Close the digital divide.

Reaching hundreds of millions of farmers

After using a KaiOS-enabled smart feature phone for several weeks, roughly half of the participants (52%) said they’re willing to buy a device for between US$22-28. This range matches the retail price of most KaiOS devices, demonstrating the scalability and sustainability of this initiative.

Participants exploring how to go online and use the regreen app through the KaiOS devices

With 350 million African farmers impacted by climate change and hundreds of millions affected by the digital divide, the potential of reaching and teaching them via mobile is enormous. Our goal is to further develop this model and scale it up together with other partners to eventually connect and inspire all smallholder farmers on the African continent.

Our pilot project joined by a group of enthusiastic farmers in Tanzania who accessed the internet for the first times

Press releases

KaiOS solidifies partnership with GHIA with new GK3G launched across Mexico

A continuation of KaiOS’ active expansion into the country

Hong Kong, China <27 January 2020>  – Today KaiOS Technologies, maker of the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones, and Mexican electronics manufacturer GHIA released the GHIA GK3G, the second KaiOS-enabled smart feature phone in GHIA’s mobile lineup in Mexico that combines functionality, durability, and affordability in one.

Since the first device launched in Mexico in early 2019, KaiOS has been continuing its expansion to enable hundreds of thousands of Mexicans to upgrade from 2G to digital services. KaiOS launched KoX1 last June, in collaboration with GHIA and OXXO. The success of this incursion in Mexico inspired this second device launch with GHIA – this time with GK3G, which is made available in more than 25,000 distributors, e-commerce, retails across the territory.

Available starting today, GK3G has a 2.4” screen, 4GB of storage, and a dual SIM slot that works with different SIMs from any mobile operators so users can choose the plans that cater to their needs. GK3G has an easy-to-use interface, which makes it ideal for any first-time internet users. The device retails at an affordable price point, and comes with 3G and access to essential apps such as WhatsApp, Google Assistant, Google Maps, YouTube, Facebook, and many other unique native content, allowing users to benefit from this valuable content at their fingertips.

About KaiOS Technologies
KaiOS  Technologies powers an ecosystem of affordable digital products and  services, and exists to empower people around the world through technology. Its flagship product, KaiOS, is the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones with more than 135 million devices shipped in over 150 countries.

Their mission is to  open up new possibilities for individuals, organisations and societies, by bringing mobile connectivity to the billions of people without internet in emerging markets, as well as providing those in established markets with an alternative to smartphones. KaiOS is based on HTML5 and other open web technologies. Devices running on the platform require limited memory, while still offering a rich user experience through access to apps like the Google Assistant, WhatsApp, YouTube, Facebook and Google Maps.

For more information about KaiOS, please visit www.kaiostech.com and www.twitter.com/kaiOSTech

About GHIA
GHIA is a Mexican computer, electronics, and accessories brand with 12 years of history in the market. Recognized for its excellent cost/benefit ratio and quality service, GHIA is one of the best-selling IT distribution channels. The company partners with strategic allies such as KaiOS Technologies to design and power the best technology in each of the products, with a mission to improve the people’s lives and close the digital divide in México. https://www.ghia.com.mx/productos-ghia/celulares/

KaiOS  Media Contact
Eletta Leung
eletta.leung@kaiostech.com

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Wikipedia app on KaiOS unlocks the largest collection of human knowledge to millions of people

San Francisco and Hong Kong (January 11, 2021) — Today, KaiOS Technologies and the Wikimedia Foundation announce the launch of the official Wikipedia app for all KaiOS-enabled devices, available through the KaiStore. With the free app, people can search and explore more than 50 million articles on Wikipedia in over 100 languages.

Wikipedia forms the largest collaborative collection of free knowledge in human history. Now it’s available in an app designed specifically for first-time internet users on smart feature phones running KaiOS. With this launch, Wikipedia becomes available to millions of people in emerging markets in addition to the 1.5 billion unique devices that already access Wikipedia every month.

Wikipedia and KaiOS share a mission of empowering all people through the Internet by creating equal access to free, quality content that helps people learn and experience the world. Two hundred eighty thousand volunteers write, debate, and fact-check Wikipedia’s articles, so readers can trust that the information on Wikipedia is neutral and reliable.

“Wikipedia embodies the values we cherish at KaiOS,” said Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies. “The website equalizes access to quality and relevant information, and it’s one of the, if not the best example of the power and potential of the Internet to make a positive impact on people’s lives. It’s been our longtime wish to become partners, and the whole team here is extremely excited to have the official Wikipedia app launched on KaiOS.”

“Through the Wikipedia app on KaiOS devices, millions of people will be able to access the world’s knowledge for the first time,” said Toby Negrin, Chief Product Officer at the Wikimedia Foundation. “This new app was built by our engineers based in these markets, working directly with local users to understand their needs and the languages in which they look for information. With today’s announcement, we are able to put knowledge directly in the hands of new Wikipedia readers as we move closer to our vision of a world where all people can participate in the sum of all knowledge.”

The Product team at the Wikimedia Foundation designed the app specifically for KaiOS, taking into account the lack of a touchscreen on smart feature phones and the specific needs of first-time internet users in emerging markets. The team initially launched the app in India, where it quickly hit 1.4 million downloads. The app is now available in nearly all countries around the world, on both 256 and 512 MB RAM KaiOS devices.

Since the first KaiOS-enabled device hit the market in 2017, KaiOS has gained widespread popularity. Over 140 million devices have shipped worldwide, with a unique mix of capability and affordability breaking new ground for mobile devices. 

Designed to run on low-spec hardware, KaiOS is a light operating system leveraging open, web-based technologies such as HTML5 to create a rich, intuitive user experience and enable access to essential apps and other internet-based resources. In addition, the open architecture of KaiOS allows developers to easily create apps for KaiOS, reaching a previously untapped audience on smart feature phones. The Wikipedia app is now available for download from the KaiStore in more than 100 countries with active KaiOS users.

About KaiOS Technologies
KaiOS Technologies powers an ecosystem of affordable digital products and services, and exists to empower people around the world through technology. Its flagship product, KaiOS, is the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones with more than 135 million devices shipped in over 150 countries.

Their mission is to open up new possibilities for individuals, organisations and societies, by bringing mobile connectivity to the billions of people without internet in emerging markets, as well as providing those in established markets with an alternative to smartphones. KaiOS is based on HTML5 and other open web technologies. Devices running on the platform require limited memory, while still offering a rich user experience through access to apps like the Google Assistant, WhatsApp, YouTube, Facebook and Google Maps.

For more information about KaiOS, please visit www.kaiostech.com and www.twitter.com/kaiOSTech

KaiOS  Media Contact
Eletta Leung
eletta.leung@kaiostech.com
+852 9139 3746

About Wikipedia
Wikipedia is the world’s free knowledge resource. It is a collaborative creation that has been added to and edited by millions of people from around the globe since it was created in 2001: everyone can edit it, at any time. Wikipedia is offered in more than 300 languages containing a total of more than 55 million articles. It is the largest, collaborative collection of free knowledge in human history, and today its content is contributed and edited by a community of more than 280,000 volunteer editors each month. 

About the Wikimedia Foundation
The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit organization that operates Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects. Our vision is a world in which every single human can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. We believe that everyone has the potential to contribute something to our shared knowledge, and that everyone should be able to access that knowledge freely. We host Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, build software experiences for reading, contributing, and sharing Wikimedia content, support the volunteer communities and partners who make Wikimedia possible, and advocate for policies that enable Wikimedia and free knowledge to thrive. 

The Wikimedia Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that relies on donations. We receive donations from millions of individuals around the world, with an average donation of about $15. We also receive donations through institutional grants and gifts. The Wikimedia Foundation is a United States 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with offices in San Francisco, California, USA.

Press releases

Cash Crusaders and KaiOS launch DIXON XK1, South Africa’s first unlocked Smart Feature Phone

Hong Kong, China <23 November 2020> – Cash Crusaders and KaiOS Technologies announced the DIXON XK1, the first open market KaiOS device in South Africa. They are now available from the Cash Crusaders stores across South Africa – https://www.cashcrusaders.co.za/.

Priced at R450, the DIXON XK1 comes with a dual SIM slot. Users can enjoy the flexibility to use separate SIM cards bought from any mobile network operators across the country. The dual SIM capability enables users to both maximize coverage and choose the pre- and post-paid plans that best fit their budget and needs.

The DIXON XK1 is targeted for three separate groups:

  1. First-time or relatively new internet users who are looking for a safe space and a trusted reference to access vital information, including access to the world’s most popular apps such as Google Assistant, Google Maps, WhatsApp, YouTube, Facebook, and other relevant, local content.
  2. The 5 million South Africans1 who want to use the mobile internet, but are priced out of the smartphone market.
  3. People who are looking for a back-up device to switch between operators to get the best price and coverage, to use during activities like hiking or their chosen sports activity.

Earlier this year, the President highlighted the need for improved digital literacy in his State of the Nation Address, and discussed with MNOs to lower their pricing to help reduce digital inequality.  The introduction of DIXON XK1 also helps the millions of South Africans who are data-price sensitive.  The KaiStore comes with hundreds of data-lite apps that require little data to download and have the option of a progressive web app that can be accessed via a browser that consumes less data than smartphones, and can encourage greater adoption of digital services among the country’s middle- to low-income groups.

“Digital inclusion is a major topic in South Africa and we are happy to be able to play our part in increasing access to the essential life tools and services found online,” said CEO of Cash Crusaders, Sean Stegmann. “Mobile phones are no longer luxuries. However, buying a phone and a data plan are still substantial investments for many of our customers. The new DIXON XK1 provides users with all the essential features of a smartphone at a fraction of the price. The limited data used to access apps in the device, as well as the flexibility to use different SIM cards from any operators, could best cater the needs of our customers”.

 “High Street stores across the world are now launching their own branded mobile phones,” said Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies. “We’re happy to see this trend arrive in South Africa as it enables more people with internet access. The launch of the DIXON XK1 marks the first unlocked smart feature phone in the country. We believe millions of South Africans will benefit through affordable and life-changing digital services.”

DIXON XK1 – Technical Specifications
Operating System: KaiOS 2.5.3
Network: 3G
Memories: 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage
Screen: 2.4” QVGA (230×340)
Cameras: 1.3MP rear camera with flash 
Battery: 1,700mAh
Apps and Functions: Pre-installed with essential and popular apps such as WhatsApp, Google Assistant, Google Maps, YouTube, Facebook, and many other applications unique to KaiOS. ‘Life’, an in-house app that features training and lessons related to digital literacy and other educational content, is available for download in the KaiStore.

About Cash Crusaders
Cash Crusaders first opened its doors in January 1996 in Cape Town. Today it boasts in excess of 225 stores located across South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana and Lesotho.

It retails a range of directly imported new goods as well as quality second-hand items. Cash Crusaders also offers consumers access to secured loans, as well as the option of purchasing on credit via Mobicred.

About KaiOS Technologies
KaiOS Technologies powers an ecosystem of affordable digital products and services, and exists to empower people around the world through technology. Its flagship product, KaiOS, is the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones with more than 135 million devices shipped in over 150 countries.

Their mission is to open up new possibilities for individuals, organisations and societies, by bringing mobile connectivity to the billions of people without internet in emerging markets, as well as providing those in established markets with an alternative to smartphones. KaiOS is based on HTML5 and other open web technologies. Devices running on the platform require limited memory, while still offering a rich user experience through access to apps like the Google Assistant, WhatsApp, YouTube, Facebook and Google Maps.  

For more information about KaiOS, please visit www.kaiostech.com and www.twitter.com/kaiOSTech 

KaiOS Media Contact  
Eletta Leung / Bridget Fishleigh 
eletta.leung@kaiostech.combridget@telecomsprafrica.com 
+852 9139 3746 / +44 7946 342 903 


1According to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)’s 2020 State of the ICT Sector report, smartphone subscriptions were at 53.4 million in 2019.  This figure – which doesn’t account for some people having multiple phones – leaves around 5 million South Africans without a smartphone.

Partnership news

Meet the new Nokia 6300 4G and Nokia 8000 4G, enabled by KaiOSBringing modern apps and sleek designs at affordable prices

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today announced their newest smart feature phones enabled by KaiOS: the Nokia 6300 4G and Nokia 8000 4G. This marks the third collaboration between KaiOS and HMD Global, combining modern connectivity and smartphone features with trusted heritage at highly affordable prices for consumers – all in a popular, easy to use candy bar form factor.

Through the KaiStore, the two new phones feature more than 700 popular apps*, such as Google Assistant, WhatsApp, YouTube, Google Maps, and Facebook, giving users access to both global and local content in the palm of their hand. Both phones offer streamlined 4G experiences for uninterrupted socializing and entertainment that goes everywhere you go, along with WiFi hotspot capabilities to share the connectivity.

Nokia 6300 4G – The classic reimagined with 4G at the lowest price point of Nokia’s lineup

The Nokia 6300 4G brings smart features and 4G connectivity to a trusted favorite, drawing inspiration from the original Nokia 6300. Designed for ease of use, the 6300 4G offers lasting quality and brings WhatsApp to the lowest price point on a Nokia phone yet.

Packed with essential operations and apps for convenience all in one place, the amazingly affordable Nokia 6300 comes with a suite of Google services, including Google Assistant to ask questions, get directions, and call friends simply with your voice. With the ability to become a WiFi hotspot, the 6300 4G can become the hub for your daily Internet activities connecting your tablets and laptops.

Nokia 8000 4G  –  The modern twist with all the smart essentials in a premium look

The Nokia 8000 4G offers an elegantly crafted glass-like design for consumers that want all the essential features in a sophisticated, premium package. Offering 4G & Bluetooth connectivity, WiFi hotspot capability, and access to apps including WhatsApp, Facebook, and YouTube, the 8000 4G is a perfect on-the-go option for socialization and entertainment, and provides standout quality in a metalized chrome midframe and four gemstone-inspired colors (Onyx, Opal, Citrine, and Topaz).

With a generous 2.8” screen and hardwearing 3D-curved key mat, the 8000 4G is designed for long term, comfortable use and clear viewing of content. A long-lasting battery life and sturdy polycarbonate finish allow the phone to stand up to daily use and on-the-go activities while maintaining its premium package.

Pricing and availability  

  • The Nokia 6300 4G comes in Cyan Green, Light Charcoal, and Powder White, and is available in select markets for a global average retail price of 49 EUR. Check local availability.
  • The Nokia 8000 4G comes in Onyx, Opal, Citrine, and Topaz, and is available in select markets for a global average retail price of 79 EUR. Check local availability.

Read the full press release for more details on the Nokia 6300 4G and Nokia 8000 4G smart feature phones.

*The number of apps available in KaiStore is subject to local availability