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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 <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.

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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

Press releases

KaiOS Technologies and Atari®️ bring iconic game PONG®️ to smart feature phones

San Francisco, CA (October 29, 2020) – KaiOS Technologies and Atari®️, one of the world’s most iconic consumer brands and entertainment producers, announced today that PONG®️, the first-ever commercially successful video game, is now available on KaiOS-enabled smart feature phones.

PONG and KaiOS devices are a perfect match, pairing nostalgic gameplay with a simple and easy-to-use keypad interface. It brings a classic and fun gaming experience for all ages to first-time internet users on smart feature phones. Available via the KaiStore worldwide, the PONG app is optimized for all KaiOS-enabled devices, with both 256MB and 512MB of RAM.

“We’re very excited to welcome Atari to the KaiOS ecosystem,” said Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies. “The classic arrow and keypad format of KaiOS-enabled devices is perfect for old-school gaming, and PONG is the ultimate classic. I myself am eager to give this new KaiStore addition a try!” 

PONG introduced video games to an entire generation when it first launched in 1972,” said Jean-Marcel Nicolai, COO of Atari. “In partnership with Kai, we’re thrilled to introduce PONG to a new market of gamers, and we look forward to bringing more Atari games to KaiOS in the future.”

Since the first KaiOS-enabled device hit the market in 2017, KaiOS has gained widespread popularity. Over 135 million devices have been shipped worldwide, with their 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. Together with its partners, Kai aims to close the digital divide 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.

Since KaiOS is built on open web technologies, developers can easily port their games and other apps to KaiOS, reaching a previously untapped audience of millions of smart feature phone users. Developers can also monetize their KaiOS apps via KaiAds, the first advertising software development kit (SDK) and supply-side platform (SSP) designed for smart feature phones. KaiAds offers brands (including Atari) and advertisers entry into new regions via KaiOS-enabled devices to reach new users previously not reachable through digital marketing.

Created as a simple-but-challenging table tennis simulation, the influential PONG arcade game debuted on November 29, 1972. It was the first commercially successful video game and an immediate smash hit that effectively established the video game industry. PONG was originally meant to be a simple training exercise, assigned to newly hired engineer Allan Alcorn by Atari founder Nolan Bushnell to acclimate him to creating games. Alcorn went above and beyond, adding appealing features such as segmented paddles that changed the angle of the “ball” and accelerating speeds as play went on. Alcorn also elected to retain a “glitch” that didn’t allow the paddles to reach the top of the screen, which added to the game’s difficulty. Lastly, Bushnell had Alcorn add cheering crowd noises and other sound effects. The game was so well-received that Bushnell and the team were able to rapidly grow Atari and an entire industry was born.

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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. 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 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 Atari

Atari® is an interactive entertainment company. As an iconic brand that transcends generations and audiences, the company is globally recognized for its multi-platform, interactive entertainment, and licensed products. Atari owns and/or manages a portfolio of more than 200 games and franchises, including world-renowned brands like Asteroids®, Centipede®, Missile Command®, PONG®, and RollerCoaster Tycoon®. Atari has offices in New York and Paris. Visit us online at www.atari.com.

KaiOS Media Contact 

Eletta Leung / Sarah Collins
eletta.leung@kaiostech.com / scollins@hoffman.com 
+852 9139 3746 / +1 (408) 286 2611

Atari Media Contact 

UberStrategist Inc.
Mario R. Kroll and CJ Melendez
pr@uberstrategist.com
1-646-844-8983

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KaiOS Technologies partners with E. B. Solutions limited to bring first smart feature phone with a built-in infrared Thermometer to Bangladesh

Hong Kong, China <22  October 2020>  –Today KaiOS Technologies, maker of the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones, and E. B. Solutions Limited, leading Bangladeshi technology solution provider, announced Geo Phone T15. Available for 3,500 Taka (USD 41) this new KaiOS-enabled device makes access to popular apps and high-speed mobile internet more affordable than budget-oriented smartphones. The T15 also includes an infrared thermometer developed by FISE, the first of its kind in a smart feature phone.

South Asia is one of the areas hit hardest by the global digital divide according to the GSMA, as 55% of the population remains isolated from mobile internet, severely limiting access to both educational resources and popular applications. To create a rich user experience without a costly price tag, the T15 combines affordable feature phone hardware with KaiOS, giving users access to hundreds of popular apps including WhatsApp, YouTube, Facebook, and the Google Assistant through the KaiStore.

Bangladesh is also in dire need of digital tools to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 390 thousand* confirmed COVID-19 cases and a ranking as the sixth most densely populated country globally. Combining an IR thermometer with high-speed 4G internet access, the Geo Phone T15 democratizes access to instant, touchless temperature monitoring and online health resources, enabling the people of Bangladesh to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

“This combination of high-speed internet, on-the-go temperature monitoring, and affordability are perfect for Bangladesh,” said Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies. “Popular apps and other vital digital resources are more accessible than ever via the T15, alongside the potentially life-saving power of contactless temperature readings. With E. B. Solutions Ltd., we’re taking a crucial step towards closing the digital divide in South Asia, and helping stop the spread of COVID-19 through an affordable, innovative device.”

“Geo Phone T-15 will be an affordable device which can narrow this digital divide for rural populations. Geo Phone T15, powered by KaiOS, is a 4G VoLTE enabled device with necessary apps for your digital lifestyle,” said Rafiur Rahman Khan Yusufzai, Managing Director of E. B. Solutions Ltd. “It is notably the first smart feature phone with a built-in infrared thermometer.”

Accurate down to 0.2 degrees Celsius, the T15’s IR thermometer is located next to the smart feature phone’s rear-facing camera. Users simply point it at the subject’s forehead for an instant, accurate temperature reading. The Geo Phone T15 also provides access to educational resources such as Kai’s in-house app Life, which features lessons and self-help articles related to COVID-19, general health, digital literacy, agriculture, and more.

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. 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 Google Assistant, WhatsApp, YouTube, Facebook and Google Maps.

About E. B. Solutions Ltd. (a concern of EBS Group)

E. B. Solutions Ltd. (“EBS”) is the parent company of EBS Group, founded in 2004 and currently the largest Telecom Value Added & IT Solution Provider in Bangladesh with 100+ deployments at home and in 10 different countries worldwide. EBS Group also has other spin-off companies, each of which provides products and services in different industry verticals. With an experience of delivering telecom VAS services, smartphone apps and carrier-grade solutions for the telecom industry, EBS is now determined to do something about the persisting digital divide in the country where 59% rural households still do not have access to a smartphone. Therefore, with the newest product, country’s first smart feature phone run by KaiOS – Geo Phone T15, and with “Dream-Innovate-Enjoy” as its brand philosophy, EBS’s new mission is to provide value for money for fiscally conservative population who needs social connectivity to enrich their lives.

KaiOS Media Contact

Eletta Leung / Sarah Collins
eletta.leung@kaiostech.com / scollins@hoffman.com
+852 9139 3746 / +1 (408) 286 2611

EBS Media Contact

Rajkumar Chakraborty / Shomeshwar Oli
rajkumar@ebsbd.com / shomeshwar.oli@ebsbd.com
+8801751993707 / +8801710510377

* As of 19 October, 2020 

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KaiOS Technologies and LANIX unveil new smart feature phone for Mexico

Hong Kong, China <19  October 2020>  – Today KaiOS Technologies, maker of the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones,  and Mexican electronics manufacturer LANIX announced the LANIX U340, the first KaiOS-enabled smart feature phone in LANIX’s mobile lineup, designed with an excellent combination of performance, functionality, and cost.

Available starting October 15 for $729 pesos ($34 USD), the U340 gives users access to internet connectivity and 800+ popular apps, including WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube, and Google Assistant, while remaining more affordable than even budget-oriented smartphones. 

According to the GSMA, the lack of affordable mobile devices is a key barrier to digital inclusion, especially in Mexico where 31% of people remain disconnected from the internet. The LANIX U340 pairs familiar feature phone hardware with smartphone-level capabilities, including 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, along with powerful apps for learning new skills and connecting with friends and family, bringing mobile internet connectivity to a wider population in Mexico.   

Our partnership with LANIX has created an ideal mobile device for Mexico, said Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies. “Google, YouTube, and Facebook make up the top three most popular web services in Mexico, and the KaiOS-enabled LANIX U340 gives users access to these and other useful applications right out of the box, while keeping it cost-effective for Mexico’s disconnected population.  

Our passion is in bringing technology closer to people, said Benjamín Aguilar, CEO of LANIX. “We’re excited to work with Kai as part of that goal, creating our first smart feature phone in an intuitive and easy-to-use device for even the first-time internet users.”  

The LANIX U340 is now available through authorized retailers. It’s powered by the Mediatek MTK6572 and features a 2.4” QVGA screen, 256MB RAM, and 512MB of storage upgradeable to 128GB via microSD. Slim and lightweight, the KaiOS-enabled smart feature phone also has a 1.3MP rear camera and is available in both black and blue. 

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. 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 Google Assistant, WhatsApp, YouTube, Facebook and Google Maps.

About LANIX

LANIX is a Mexican technology company with 30 years of uninterrupted operation, dedicated to the manufacture and commercialization of personal computers and mobile phones. Lanix brand is well known for its high quality products and for following global standards, it is recognized as one of the most reputable brands in Mexico.

Lanix has a modern structure that combines high technology and a high standards manufacturing process, with passionate and capable people, offering a wide range of technology options without limits.

KaiOS Media Contact 

Eletta Leung / Sarah Collins
eletta.leung@kaiostech.com / scollins@hoffman.com
+852 9139 3746 / +1 206 423-6081

LANIX Media Contact 

Graciela Domínguez / Esperanza Valenzuela
gdominguez@lanix.com / evc3@lanix.com
+52 5543395056 / 52 662 109 0812

Press releases

Africell unveils its first 4G KaiOS device in Uganda, the 4G Vida K242An extension of Africell’s partnership with KaiOS that started last year at AfricaCom

29 September 2020 KaiOS  Technologies and Africell today announced that a new  KaiOS–enabled smart feature phone, the 4G Vida K242, is now available in Uganda and will facilitate mobile internet adoption across the country. 

According to the Digital 2020 report for Uganda, there were 26.83 million mobile connections in January, equivalent to 60% of the population. However, internet penetration was only 24%, with just 2.5 million social media users.

The 4G Vida K242 has been specifically designed for people who are unable to afford a smartphone and want to go online. It has a user-friendly interface optimized for first-time internet users. It comes with the world’s most popular apps, such as WhatsApp, YouTube, Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Facebook, and provides access to hundreds of other applications through the KaiStore. Life, the in-house app that offers life skills training for first-time internet users and ranks as one of the top 10 most downloaded apps in Uganda, is also available via the KaiStore.

Retailed at just UGX 120,000 (~USD 32.4), 4G Vida K242 comes with 1.5GB and 850 on-net minutes every month for six months.

Africell operates nationwide 2G, 3G, and 4G networks and is investing heavily to achieve extensive growth in both urban and rural areas.

Neeraj Gala, Chief Commercial Officer of Africell Uganda said, “On top of being the first 4G feature plus phone to be launched in Uganda, we are also making the 4G Vida the most affordable for only 120,000 ugx, inclusive of 1.5 GB, 850 minutes of talk-time on Africell network. Additionally, and as a cherry on top we are offering the customer 1.5 GB and 850 minutes of Africell talk-time for free for 6 months.”

“For millions of people across the world, a KaiOS-enabled device is their entry point into the online services that can transform lives,” said Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies. “Africell is a trusted partner that shares the same mission of reducing the gap between digital haves and have-nots, by bringing smart feature phones with life-enhancing services to first-time internet users across Uganda.”

4G Vida K242 Technical Specifications

Operating System:  KaiOS 2.5.3
Network:  4G, Wi-Fi
Display:  2.4″  display
SIM: Supports dual SIM card (SIM 1 – 4G with VoLTE; Sim 2 – 2G)
Battery:  1,500 mAh
Apps and Functions:  KaiStore with Google Assistant, Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, etc.

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.  

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 Google Assistant, WhatsApp, YouTube, Facebook, and Google Maps. 

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

About Africell

Africell is an African mobile technology company. 

We provide fast, low-cost and reliable mobile network coverage and related technology services to millions of individuals, communities and business in four vibrant African countries: Uganda, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, and RD Congo. 

Africell is a disruptor: keen to challenge inefficiencies, embrace fresh thinking and deliver innovative products and services which make a practical difference to everyday people. 

Our corporate social responsibility and positive community impact, as well as our entrepreneurial spirit and transparent business activities, make Africell the ideal mobile network provider for Africa’s future.  

www.africell.ug 

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

Africell Uganda Media Contact
Edgar Karamagi
Edgar.karamagi@africell.ug
0790790109

Press releases

Introducing Kaduda T-Smart enabled by KaiOSthe first operator launch in Kenya with Telkom

14 September 2020 KaiOS  Technologies and Telkom Kenya  announced a new  KaiOS-enabled smart feature phone, the Kaduda T-Smart, to increase mobile internet access in Kenya. It also marks the first operator launch in Kenya for KaiOS. 

The T-Smart is a significant upgrade of Telkom Kenya’s feature phone portfolio. The device will help address the growing demand for competitively-priced internet-enabled devices with affordable data packages.  

According to the Digital 2020 report for Kenyaless than half of the population uses the internet (22.86 million people), and only 8.8 million are on social media.

The T-Smart enables Kenyans to access the Internet via 3G/4G/LTE and Wi-Fi. It has an easy-to-use interface that’s optimized for first-time internet users. The phone comes with the world’s most popular apps such as WhatsApp, YouTube, Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Facebook, and provides access to hundreds of other applications through the KaiStore.

The T-Smart retails at the accessible price point of KSh 3,100 (~USD28) and comes with a variety of data packages, including a free daily bundle comprising 100 MB for internet browsing and 200 MB to access WhatsApp and Facebook.  It is now available in all Telkom shops, countrywide.

Steve Okeyo, Telkom’s Managing Director for Consumer said, “Entry-level smart-feature devices constitute about 40% of phones sold in Kenya, affirming their acceptance and popularity due to longer-lasting batteries and the ability to pick signal faster in areas that are underserved with regard to connectivity”.

“Less than half of the people in Kenya are going online using their devices and only 20% of them are on social media,” said Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies. “At KaiOS, we are focused on closing the digital divide by providing affordable smart feature phones along with relevant and useful apps and services for first-time internet users. We are excited to launch in Kenya through this partnership with Telkom Kenya, and, in doing so, opening the doors to the internet for millions of Kenyans.”

Technical Specifications

Operating System:  KaiOS 2.5.3
Network:  3G, 4G, LTE, Wi-Fi
Display 2.4” color display
SIM:  Supports dual SIM card (SIM 1 – 4G with VoLTE; Sim 2 – 2G)
Battery:  1,900 mAh
Apps and Functions:  KaiStore with Google Assistant, Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, etc. 

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. 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 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.com /  bridget@telecomsprafrica.com
+852 9139 3746 / +44 7946 342 903