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KaiOS image of digital inclusion in Nigeria wins contest

A KaiOS image representing digital inclusion in Nigeria was one of three winning photos in a contest organized by The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), a United Nations (UN) conference for bridging the global digital divide. 

The contest called for images that showed how information and communication technologies, like apps and internet-enabled devices, support sustainable development goals.

The award winning photo, taken by photographer Emmanuel-King Itegboje

The winning photo, taken by Nigerian photographer Emmanuel-King Itegboje, depicts a man using a KaiOS phone on a farm in Nigeria. “The latest farming info is affordably arriving through smart feature phones,” reads the photo caption, referencing how African farmers have begun using apps on KaiOS devices to improve their harvests.  

A collaboration with mission-driven startup #Adtags

A collaboration between KaiOS and #Adtags, a startup that provides global brands with “non-stocky” images of people of color to increase their representation in media, the photo was one of a series commissioned by KaiOS to portray people using KaiOS devices.

“We needed pictures of people in Africa using KaiOS phones, and I realized we could create a real win-win situation working with #Adtags. We would get custom-made pictures of people with smart feature phones; we would support a startup with a similar, purposeful mission; and images of people using our devices would end up in the #Adtags library for others to see and use,” says KaiOS Marketing Director Tim Metz.

#Adtags founder Vimbayi Kajese worked with three local photographers to create photos of Nigerian men and women using KaiOS devices to learn, work, and play, but only one photo, Emmanuel’s, was submitted to the WSIS photo contest. “Out of all the images, the winning photo is the one that most accurately represents our vision,” says KaiOS Brand Manager Donald Chung. 

The photo was scheduled to be exhibited at the WSIS Forum in Geneva in early April, but plans changed as a result of the pandemic. The photo can be can be seen on the WSIS website instead.

For Tim Metz, the best thing about winning the WSIS photo competition is that it’s brought visibility to smart feature phones and their role in making the internet more accessible. “The jury recognizes the impact that smart feature phones have on daily life in Africa,” he says. “They undoubtedly had other, more futuristic and flashy pictures to choose from, but they chose this one.”

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TNM launches the first KaiOS-enabled phone in MalawiThe most affordable 4G device in Malawi with introductory bundled offer

5 August 2020 – Integrated mobile network and ICT services provider TNM Plc, has partnered with KaiOS Technologies to launch the most affordable 4G KaiOS-enabled smart feature phone in Malawi.

Priced at MK 24,999 (USD 33.9 *), the TNM Smart 4G will come with a value of MK28,000 (USD 38 *), worth of bonuses comprising 500 MBs, 150 SMSs and free Caller Tune every month for six months. This offer makes it the most affordable 4G device in the history of mobile internet in Malawi.

The phone will offer customers access to essential and popular apps such as WhatsApp, Google Assistant, Google Maps, YouTube, Facebook, and many other applications unique to KaiOS.

TNM Plc Chief Executive Officer Michiel Buitelaar said this affordable device has been designed to suit the communication needs of first-time users and people in rural areas.

“These devices will help people to entertain and educate themselves or have broadband internet,” he said.

The CEO said the 4G phone would help disseminate timely and accurate information on COVID-19 at a time when cases are escalating and the United Nations has warned of disastrous effects on the least developed countries, which include Malawi.

To address low digital literacy issues, Buitelaar said the KaiOS phone comes with an easy-to-use interface, an in-house app called Life which features training and lessons related to digital literacy and other educational content. It also provides access to Google Assistant that allows first-time internet users to use voice to easily navigate and connect with the digital world.

“Smart 4G runs on a Mediatek MT6731 chipset, enabling 4G connectivity and other smartphone-like features such as Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth. It has a 2.4” display, 4GB of storage (expandable to 32GB via microSD) and boasts a powerful battery which enables extended 8 hours of talk time,” he said.

Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies, said: “As the first company to make KaiOS smart feature phones available in Malawi, the launch cements TNM’s reputation as a pioneer in offering new services that help improve the lives of the country’s people and increases economic prosperity.  We will work with TNM to ensure that our devices carry content that is relevant and useful to the people of Malawi”.

For his part, new Information Minister Gospel Kazako commended TNM Plc for its unflinching efforts towards Malawi’s economic development through investments in mobile internet technology and ICT.

“TNM Plc takes a long view. They have invested significantly in a 4G mobile internet network that has transformed the TNM network into one of the most reliable Internet service providers in Malawi,” he said.

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

* Malawi-Kwacha to US-Dollar conversion as of 4 August, 2020

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KaiOS Technologies and ALTÁN close the digital divide in Mexico

Hong Kong, China <22 July 2020> – Today KaiOS Technologies, maker of the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones,  and Mexican telecommunications provider ALTÁN Redes announced a new KaiOSenabled smart feature phone, the K26, to increase mobile internet access in Mexico.  

According to data released in January 2020, around 30% of the Mexican population remains without mobile internet connectivity. This partnership further narrows the digital divide by making 4G internet more accessible to first-time internet users in both big cities and rural areas. Available for $35 USD and a competitive monthly data package, the K26 features fast and secure internet access and VoLTE via 4G, along with Bluetooth, and dual-sim capabilities.

Social media is incredibly popular in Mexico, as 89% of Mexico’s 89 million internet users are active on social media. Through the KaiStore, K26 users gain access to the world’s most popular social media platforms including WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube, and more. Hundreds more apps including Kai’s Life app and Google Assistant are also available, connecting users to trusted educational materials and locally relevant content.

“We’re excited to work with ALTÁN Redes to make the internet more accessible in Mexico,” said Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies. “The K26 offers the best of the mobile internet while remaining affordable and accessible; and combined with ALTÁN’s high-speed network will help connect millions of people to friends, family, and life-changing services.”

Together Kai and ALTÁN Redes are focused on expanding internet access across Mexico, especially in rural communities with limited coverage. By 2024, ALTÁN’s goal is to reach 92.2% of the population, and advance its social coverage to reach the 7.2% of Mexicans living in towns with less than 5,000 inhabitants by 2022. By improving mobile internet availability and speed, Kai and ALTÁN Redes will open the door to invaluable digital resources related to education, healthcare, and banking services for millions of people for the first time.

“Our network is known as ‘The Shared Network’ due to our commitment to increasing mobile internet penetration across Mexico and offering the best technology (4.5G prepared for 5G) at the most accessible costs,” said Salvador Álvarez, CEO of Altán Redes. “We’re proud to partner with Kai to help millions of people in Mexico gain access to the internet for the first time; the KaiOS-enabled K26 is the perfect mobile device for our goal of connecting first time users to the internet.”

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 ALTÁN Redes 

Mexican private company that develops and operates Red Compartida, the most important telecommunications project in recent years in Mexico. It is deploying state-of-the-art infrastructure to provide to 70% of the population coverage -before January 2022-, including an energetic nationwide program of social coverage deployment to areas of high marginalization and digital exclusion, with the intention to cover almost 100,000 localities of less than 250 inhabitants and more than 20,000 localities of less than 5,000 inhabitants. The technical capabilities and service experience of Altán-La Red Compartida network developed using 4.5G LTE technology over the 700 MHz spectrum, are currently the best offered, according to independent quality ranks published on the mobile market in Mexico.

Under a wholesale business model, it has more than 60 operators as wholesale clients, including the country’s main telecommunications operators and retail distributors, who sell the network’s services to the end-users. Altán-La Red Compartida network is developed under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) contract with the Mexican Government to promote the vision of achieving a better and more connected country for its inhabitants, bringing Internet to everyone in the country. Altán’s commitment is to reach at least 92.2% of the Mexican population by 2024.

KaiOS Media Contact

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

ALTÁN Media Contact

prensa@altanredes.com

 

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KaiOS Technologies and wikiHow partner to close the global education gap

Hong Kong, China <21 July 2020> – Today KaiOS Technologies, maker of the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones, announced a partnership with online how-to leaders wikiHow, making free, expert-reviewed, high-quality skills courses available to KaiOS users around the world. The new wikiHow app provides access to more than 150,000 step-by-step how-to articles, expanding the reach of valuable educational content to millions of smart feature phones in more than 150 countries.

Available to KaiOS users via the KaiStore, the wikiHow app features a set of how-to articles dedicated to helping people make the most of their KaiOS-powered devices, including step-by-step guides on connecting to Wi-Fi, downloading apps, and more. One can expect to find anything from articles on saving money to internet safety to relieving stress and anxiety as part of wikiHow’s expanding library of educational content.

“wikiHow’s expertly crafted how-to articles make step-by-step learning easy for first-time internet users,” said Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies. “Together we can help those impacted by the digital divide learn how to use the internet, and build general life skills related to health, finances, and more from wikiHow’s extensive, curated library.”

“Our mission is to educate everyone on the planet,” said Elizabeth Douglas, CEO of wikiHow. “We’re very delighted to work with Kai to expand the reach of our guides to millions of people in need; together we can make knowledge more equitable around the world.”

According to the GSMA, lack of education is one of the largest barriers to closing the global digital divide, alongside the expense of digital devices. Digital literacy training is important in helping first-time users make the most of digital resources related to banking, healthcare, and education; however, devices capable of high-speed internet access have remained inaccessible to those in need. This partnership tackles both barriers at once, allowing users to access educational articles on thousands of topics from affordable KaiOS-powered devices.

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 wikiHow

wikiHow is a collaborative effort to create the world’s most helpful how-to guides. Available in 18 languages and read in every country and territory of the world, wikiHow helps over 150 million unique people learn how to do anything every month. Since 2005, wikiHow has helped billions of people to learn how to solve problems large and small. wikiHow works with credentialed experts, a team of trained researchers, and a devoted community to create the most reliable, comprehensive and delightful how-to content on the Internet.

KaiOS Media Contact

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

wikiHow Media Contact

Allyson Edwards, Head of Marketing
allyson@wikihow.com
+1 916 947 8911

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Econet launches the first low-cost KaiOS-enabled 3G phone in Zimbabwe

Harare <July 2, 2020>  – KaiOS Technologies, the makers of KaiOS – the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones – and Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, the country’s largest mobile network operator with the broadest data network, today launched the Atom 3G phone. This is the country’s first 3G smart feature phone, and is set to help millions of Zimbabweans access the Internet and become digitally included.

Announcing the launch, Econet said the new handset will be bundled with a 3-month data package, offering customers 6GB of FREE data upon every purchase. The phone will be available at half the average price of a basic Android smartphone sold in Zimbabwe, making the Atom 3G the most affordable 3G device in the country.

The company’s Chief Commercial Officer, Mr Navdeep Kapur, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has made life difficult for people in Zimbabwe. We want to help them get online, communicate with their loved ones locally and abroad via WhatsApp, Sasai or regular cellular voice calls. We also want our customers to access valuable content at this time, such as medical tips and advice.”

Mr Kapur said the Atom 3G phone can be purchased from any Econet Shop or other distribution agents across the country and added that the phone supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.

“The phone has a 2.4-inch display, 512MB of storage and supports a microSD card. It also comes with a powerful 1,500mAh battery that enables long and extended hours of talk time.

Atom 3G is priced at a level that is affordable for the millions of Zimbabweans who may not have the resources for a traditional smartphone, and we have included three months of free data as well to on-board new users and help them to access the mobile internet,” said Mr Kapur.

He said the long battery life, lasting up to 48 hours for the average user, was a critical feature for the informal sector in Zimbabwe and encouraged Zimbabweans to embrace the future by opening up to digitalisation. “It is now possible for all, with the new Atom 3G,” Mr Kapur said.

The launch of the Atom 3G is a major step towards full digital inclusion in Zimbabwe. According to the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ)’s first quarter sector performance report for 2020, industry figures show that mobile data penetration is currently at 59.1%. The POTRAZ report also showed that WhatsApp usage constitutes 40.5% of the total mobile internet and data usage in the country.

The current penetration level presents an untapped opportunity of 40.9% of the population that is yet to be digitally included. This is aligned to Econet’s Digital Lifestyle Network positioning which emphasizes the enhancement of customers’ lives through digital transformation.

Across much of Africa, the key barriers to internet access are device & data affordability as well as digital literacy. Smart feature phones running on KaiOS have been developed specifically to address these gaps.

“With access to the soon-available SASAI all-in-one App, which includes the popular SASAI Health Status Report, the device is set to help individuals, families, employees, employers, policymakers and others manage and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic”, said Mr Kapur.”

The Atom 3G device also supports Google Assistant, which is especially useful for the less digitally literate users to easily interact with the device using voice commands. Other essential apps supported include Google Maps, YouTube, Facebook, and an in-house App called Life, which offers digital skills training and other educational material. These can be accessed on the phone from the KaiStore, which houses over 600 other data-lite apps.

Sebastien Codeville, the CEO of KaiOS Technologies, said: “We are delighted that KaiOS-enabled devices, which combine durability, affordability, and ease-of-use in one, are now available in Zimbabwe. With access to important, useful, and relevant content, we believe this device will enable every Zimbabwean to benefit from digitalization and positively impact their lives.”

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 – and the third-largest mobile operating system in the world – 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 Econet Wireless

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited is the largest mobile telecommunications, technology and digital solutions company in Zimbabwe. Now among the top three heavyweight counters, the company was listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) in September 1998, less than three months after launching its commercial operations in July 1998.

Over the past 20 years Econet – which is by far the market leader in its industry with over 12.4 million connected customers – has invested millions of US dollars in deploying the widest and most robust 2G, 3G and 4G networks in the country.

Through its solid asset base, strong leadership and astute investment in talent, Econet has consistently led in innovation, product development and service delivery, enabling it to maintain and consolidate its market leadership position.

The company was the first to launch 3G services in 2009, the first to successfully launch mobile money services in 2011 under the name EcoCash, the first to launch mobile 4G in 2013, and the first to launch mobile insurance (EcoSure), among many other products and services it has rolled out.

So successful have Econet’s financial technology services been that in December 2018 the company successfully spun off its fintech businesses, to give birth to Cassava Smartech Zimbabwe Ltd, now a leading counter on the ZSE.

Econet has built an extensive distribution channel network throughout the country, which has created employment for tens of thousands of Zimbabweans and significantly contributed to the country’s public finances through taxation and various levies and other statutory obligations.

The company has, for over 20 years, supported social impact programmes in education, public health and youth leadership development mainly through its annual grant to Higherlife Foundation, which has impacted over 250 000 orphaned and vulnerable children.

KaiOS Media Contact

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

Econet Wireless Media Contact

Fungai Mandiveyi
Fungai.mandiveyi@econet.co.zw
+263 772 793 500

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Lagos state government, KaiOS and Robert and John team up to enable students in Nigeria to continue education during and after COVID-19Smart feature phones with Roducate app being distributed across Lagos, Nigeria

Hong Kong, China <30 June 2020> – KaiOS Technologies today announced that its smart feature phones are being distributed across the state of Lagos to help school children continue their education during the COVID-19 lock-down period – and supplement their learning once schools re-open.

The initiative has been led by Robert and John Ltd, a Nigerian innovative Research & Development company, in partnership with the Lagos State Government and KaiOS.

The First Bank of Nigeria Ltd is sponsoring the first batch of 20,000 KaiOS-enabled devices which come with activated MTN data SIM cards. These devices are being distributed to school children from low-income families (where household income is below US$100 a month) who have one year of state secondary school left. Communal solar panels are being installed at central places within the villages so that the devices can easily be charged.

These smart feature phones running on KaiOS will have the Roducate app – and a handful of other useful apps preloaded. Access to other content will be blocked so the device will be solely for educational purpose.

Designed and developed by Robert and John, Roducate is the first mobile learning app in Nigeria with all the approved curriculum materials for Primary, Secondary and select University courses. It was launched in 2014 and is fully endorsed by Nigerian Educational Research Development Council (NERDC), National Universities Commission (NUC), Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board(JAMB), African Union, and Microsoft.

Screenshot of Roducate

Roducate gives students access to full curriculum-based lecture notes, assignments, tutorial videos, podcasts, and mock exams with answers for state and nation-wide exams at all levels. The content can be downloaded onto the KaiOS phone and used online or offline.

Speaking from his office during a ceremony to mark the distribution of the first 20,000 smart feature phones, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State, requested that private companies in Lagos and beyond contribute to the initiative, with a target to sponsor 300,000 devices to school children in the coming months.

He also said “I am proud that Lagos State is taking the lead in Nigeria in using innovative technology to help improve the education of the next generation.  I am grateful to Robert and John for developing this impactful app, KaiOS for supporting the platform that integrates well the Roducate app and other essential content in affordable smart feature phones – and to First Bank for funding the first KaiOS devices”.

Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, Lagos State Commissioner for Education,said “The pandemic may well bring permanent changes to how we teach. We need to use every channel possible to reach children including e-learning.”

Mr Femisola Awosika, CEO, Robert and John, said: “Smart feature phones enabled by KaiOS are the best device for the target demographic for this project; the children of low-income families.  They have been specifically designed to minimise data usage with a long-life battery. Lagos is the pace-setter embracing new technologies to help improve the quality of education.  We hope that the other states in Nigeria – and indeed countries across Africa – are watching carefully”.

Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies, said: “This is an impressive e-learning initiative that has launched at a time when so many children are not at school. It fits perfectly with our mission to provide connectivity and services to the hundreds of millions of Africans who still don’t have access to the internet. Roducate provides everything the children in Nigeria need to continue their education at a very high standard.”

Robert & John is currently working with First Bank Plc, the Lagos State government, as well as other state governments and private institutions in Nigeria to secure more funding for additional KaiOS devices.

About Robert and John Ltd

Headquartered in Lagos, Robert and John is an innovative research and development company that uses technology to address social problems in Nigeria – and across Africa.

Its flagship product, the Roducate educational app, was originally designed for Nigerian students, however, it can be customised to include the curriculums of other countries so that e-learning can be introduced – or expanded.

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 – and the third-largest mobile operating system in the world – 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, 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

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KaiOS Technologies joins Cell-Ed’s 1 Million Learner Challenge to share free mobile literacy and work readiness courses worldwide

Hong Kong, China <June 10 2020> – Today KaiOS Technologies, maker of the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones, announced its participation as a founding member of mobile-first learning company Cell-Ed’s 1 Million Learner Challenge. This new initiative will provide crucial skills courses for free, including Cell-Ed’s work readiness and digital literacy trainings, COVID-19 guide, as well as coaches and certificates. It marks an expansion of KaiOS Technologies and Cell-Ed’s existing partnership, with a greater range of content available to the first-time internet users in emerging markets who rely upon KaiOS.

With hundreds of millions of people lacking internet access through computers and smartphones, it’s more important than ever for isolated communities to receive accurate information and gain access to meaningful learning opportunities during the global pandemic.

KaiOS-enabled smart feature phones serve as an ideal platform for these educational materials because the devices are affordable, while still offering a rich user experience and access to hundreds of apps through the KaiStore.

“Cell-Ed provides trusted mobile learning materials for those who need them most,” said Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies. “We’re excited to join their 1 Million Learner Challenge to enable these learners with free access to crucial courses through KaiOS and the Life app, especially as this public health crisis continues to sweep through developing areas of the world.”

“I am very excited to continue working with KaiOS to make Cell-Ed’s skill-building courses and reputable COVID-19 guide available to millions of smart feature phone users around the world through the KaiOS Life app and WhatsApp. This will deliver life-saving and life-enhancing information to disproportionately impacted, yet profoundly resourceful, low-literate and low-income populations on a massive scale,” said Jessica Rothenberg-Aalami, CEO and founder of Cell-Ed. “I want to thank KaiOS for joining Cell-Ed’s 1 Million Learner Challenge and for their commitment to empowering people to reach their personal and professional goals.”

Users can download Life from the KaiStore, which is available worldwide, and gain instant, free access to high-quality educational and self-improvement materials in categories including Digital Skills, Health, Nutrition, Gender Equality, and Agriculture. Kai continues to expand the range of content available in Life, and is working with hardware partners to ensure the app comes pre-installed on KaiOS-powered devices.

For more details about the 1 Million Learner Challenge, please visit study.cell-ed.com.

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 Cell-Ed

Cell-Ed is a mobile-first learning company based in Palo Alto, California, with a distributed worldwide workforce. Our science-based learning is proven to teach essential life and job skills more effectively and in a fraction of time by delivering engaging micro-lessons, coaching, and certificates over messaging and audio on any mobile device, even a basic phone. Currently, Cell-Ed’s 100+ partners in 14 countries deliver Cell-Ed programs such as language and digital literacy, numeracy, job skills and their own custom programs via our training, communications, and data analytics platform to better reach, teach, text, coach and upskill their learners and workers on any device. To learn more, visit www.cell-ed.com.

KaiOS Media Contact

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

Cell-Ed Media Contact

Aisling Carroll
aisling@cell-ed.com
+1 (510) 334-7887

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FISE announces the world’s first 4G phone with an integrated thermometer, running on KaiOS

Hong Kong, China <27 May 2020>  – Today FISE, provider of leading core solutions of intelligent hardware and KaiOS Technologies, maker of the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones,  announced the world’s first 4G phone that includes a built-in infrared thermometer, allowing users to conduct temperature checks accurate down to 0.2 degrees Celsius. Developed in response to COVID-19 and the resulting urgent global demand for on-the-go temperature monitoring, this new KaiOS-enabled smart feature phone also comes with 4G connectivity, Google Assistant, and popular apps like WhatsApp, YouTube, Facebook, and Google Maps.

Real-time temperature monitoring is crucial to helping curb the global pandemic, and this new device makes checking your temperature easy and convenient. Users simply hold the thermometer near the subject’s forehead for just one second for a precise, contactless temperature reading. This is particularly valuable in emerging markets, where the digital divide limits access to medical tools and information, and mobile phones serve as individual’s most affordable and convenient gateway to the internet.

“One-touch temperature readings are essential in managing this global pandemic, and we’re proud to create a mobile device that makes such testing more accessible to the world,” said Tony Han, VP of FISE. “KaiOS is the perfect platform for creating a mobile device that’s both capable and affordable, allowing us to seamlessly combine a precise infrared thermometer with powerful internet and communications capabilities.”

“We’re excited to work with FISE to assist governments, medical professionals, and others in need throughout the struggle against COVID-19,” said Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies. “Mobile phones are ubiquitous in daily life; we hope that this solution for crucial temperature monitoring in an affordable, easy-to-use device will help prevent the spread of this disease and save lives around the world.”

This groundbreaking mobile device is available for testing and ordering now from FISE, and expected to ship to markets around the world in the coming months. If you’re interested in bringing this device to your market or exploring deployment options, please contact Windy Chen of FISE at windy.chen@fise.com.cn and Eddie Huang of KaiOS Technologies at eddie.huang@kaiostech.com.

About FISE

FISE Technology, founded in 2008, is headquartered in Shenzhen. As the leading provider of core solution of intelligent hardware, it offers professional schemes of intelligent hardware and electronic products such as mobile terminals, smart dressing and artificial intelligence, in the process of research and development, design and manufacture for global clients, with products sold to countries and regions of Americas, Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe.

FISE technology will continuously enhance its core competence in vision of  “Connect All. Connect Dreams”. By providing cutting-edged technology, products with high quality and professional services for customers, FISE aims at becoming the world’s leading core solution supplier for intelligent hardware.

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.

FISE Technology Contact

Windy Chen / Tony Han
windy.chen@fise.com.cn / hanzt@fise.com.cn
+86 13421844861 / +86 15899785562

KaiOS Media Contact

Eletta Leung / Sarah Collins
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Partnership news

KaiOS continues expansion into Latin America with Mexico launch

KaiOS Technologies continues to expand in Latin America with the launch of the Alcatel 3078 in Mexico. This smart feature phone, which supports Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity and costs approximately 32USD (779 Pesos), will enable hundreds of thousands of Mexicans in the country to upgrade from 2G and join the digital revolution.

As the first 3G device in Mexico enabled by KaiOS, the Alcatel 3078 comes with Google Assistant that allows users to easily interact with the device with voice commands. The phone also supports popular and essential apps like Google Maps, WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube, and provides access to over four hundred other apps via the KaiStore.

The Alcatel 3078 supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. It has a 2.4” display, 512MB of storage (expandable to 32GB via MicroSD), and comes with a powerful 1,030mAh battery that enables extended hours of talk time.

Alcatel 3078 comes with Google Assistant

The product of a partnership between KaiOS and Alcatel, the Alcatel 3078 was originally launched in Colombia. The success of this first incursion into the Latin American market inspired this new expansion into the region.

For more details about Alcatel 3078, please refer to the Alcatel press kit here (in Spanish).

Press releases

KaiOS releases findings of research on internet use and perception in Nigeria

Hong Kong, China <20 March 2020> – KaiOS Technologies, maker of the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones, has released the findings of its original research into how Nigerians perceive and use mobile phones and the internet. The results reveal the types of content Nigerians access the most and the factors preventing them from going online more frequently.

For the study, KaiOS commissioned a team to travel to seven Nigerian states. A total of 48 retailers and 819 individuals – all of which expressed an interest in owning a phone and using mobile internet – were surveyed.

To provide the most accurate depiction of newly connected consumers in Nigeria, the study included participants earning up to NGN 360,000 (USD 990) annually, working in informal and/or unstable jobs such as trading, farming, and artisan work, and spread across rural (40%), semi-urban (35%), and urban (25%) areas.

The main findings of the study were:

  1. Mobile internet is perceived as a little more than a status symbol Many of the users fueling the growth of mobile internet and devices underutilize the technology due to a lack of knowledge of tools and features. While 82% of respondents claimed to have experience using an internet-enabled phone as a way to boost their social status, only 32% mentioned surfing the internet or using instant messaging apps as one of their top three phone uses. This suggests that they do not realize the actual benefits of internet access and that going online is not yet a routine in Nigerian households.
  2. New users are unaware of how the internet can benefit them New users tend to learn about the internet from members of their social circle, in an offline setting, which often results in a limited view of what the internet has to offer. Without guidance or exposure to activities such as downloading apps, setting up online accounts, using web browsers, or making video calls, they do not learn how to leverage technology to improve their lives. They tend to use mobile internet for entertainment. Career development, personal health management, and work are little known uses.
  3. There is a fear of misinformation and privacy violation Negative perceptions of the internet have kept many Nigerians offline. The inability to tell real news from fake news, for example, has caused some individuals to steer clear of online news in general. Financial scams, as well as privacy violations, are also major concerns. New users tend to not know about privacy settings. Many fear that having a phone puts them at risk of being tracked and easily found by anyone.
  4. They prefer to use cash and buy from offline phone shops Mistrust in online payment systems, fear of fraud, and difficulty setting up payment plans have 80% of respondents using cash to purchase their phones. Mobile money usage in Nigeria has increased in recent years, but for more costly items such as phones, people tend to prefer using cash. They also opt for offline phone shops. They believe these are the only ones offering warranties, in addition to more choices and better prices. They also believe they are more likely to sell authentic devices.
The full research results can be found in the Nigeria Mobile Phone Market report by KaiOS.

KaiOS CEO Sebastien Codeville said of these findings: “KaiOS-enabled devices have been available in Nigeria since early 2019. Since the beginning, we have made a conscious effort to help users make the most of their time online. One of our goals has been to make useful, entertaining, and empowering content available to users. We have achieved that with the KaiStore, which currently has over 400 apps on offer. These findings in this study will help us make KaiStore apps and KaiOS-powered devices better as well as improve the onboarding experience of first-time internet users.”

KaiOS is now working to address the issues and misconceptions revealed in the study. This includes providing recommendations for what the industry at large can do to help facilitate the growth of meaningful connectivity in Nigeria. Some of them are:

  • When advertising apps, make their benefits clear and illustrate them with real-life examples. Newly-connected Nigerians are more likely to respond to a pitch that introduces WhatsApp as a tool for organizing church gatherings and sharing study materials than to one that presents it as an app for chatting with friends.
  • Make apps and features user-friendly by using simplified websites, content in local languages, and easy-to-use menus.
  • Show the benefits and value of digital resources for improving people’s health, careers, and education. Clearly state how the internet can be used to increase profits, obtain essential information, and learn.
  • Equip mobile carriers and shop owners to teach new users about the devices and the internet in general. A basic intro should touch upon privacy protection, including how to adjust privacy settings, how to block unwanted messages, and how to recognize online scams.
  • Offer in-depth training so that retail staff can talk to customers about warranties and follow-up services, as well as explain a device’s basic capabilities, as KaiOS Business Development Manager did with hundreds of Transsion and MTN Nigeria sales staff.
About the Nigeria research

To access the study, please download it here →

About KaiOS

The third-largest mobile operating system in the world, KaiOS currently runs on over 120 million devices shipped across Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

KaiOS-enabled devices in Nigeria include the Smart T (512MB + 4GB) from MTN and the T901* (256MB + 512 MB) from TECNO. These smart feature phones are currently being sold at N8,000 and N9,000 respectively.

*T901 is sold with an MTN SIM card and is not network locked. The SIM card comes with 6 months of free data usage.

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 120 million devices shipped in over 100 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.