Google Leads Series A Investment Round in KaiOS to Connect Next Billion Users

Hong Kong, June 28, 2018 – KaiOS Technologies Inc., developer of the emerging operating system for smart feature phones, KaiOS, today announced a $22M Series A investment from Google to help bring the internet to the next generation of users.

“This funding will help us fast-track development and global deployment of KaiOS-enabled smart feature phones, allowing us to connect the vast population that still cannot access the internet, especially in emerging markets,” said Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies.

KaiOS works closely with manufacturers like TCL, HMD Global, and Micromax and has partnerships with carriers such as Reliance Jio, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile. These partners produce affordable devices that include essential functionalities like apps, GPS, 4G/LTE, and Wi-Fi. The Kai team operates out of offices around the world, including San Diego, Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, Paris, and Bangalore.

In addition to the investment, Google and KaiOS have also agreed to work together to make the Google Assistant, Google Maps, YouTube, and Google Search available to KaiOS users. These apps have been developed specifically for the KaiOS platform, which is entirely web-based, using open standards such as HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS.

“We want to ensure that Google apps and services are available to everyone, whether they are using desktops, smartphones, or feature phones.” said Anjali Joshi, Vice-President, Product Management, Next Billion Users. “Following the success of the JioPhones, we are excited to work with KaiOS to further improve access to information for feature phone users around the world.”

“ We’re excited to work with Google to deliver its services on more mobile devices,” continued Sebastien Codeville. “Having an intelligent voice assistant on an affordable mobile phone is truly revolutionary as it helps overcome some of the limitations a keypad brings.”

About KaiOS Technologies
KaiOS Technologies powers an emerging ecosystem of affordable digital products and services. Our flagship product, KaiOS, is a web-based operating system that enables a new category of smart feature phones and other IoT devices that require limited memory, while still offering a rich user experience. Our mission is to help bridge the digital divide — connecting the billions of people in emerging markets who still don’t have internet access, as well as those in established markets who are looking for easy-to-use phones with advanced functionality.

 

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There are 101 Comments

  1. Parimal Ghosh

    That’s means! We will get google apps in JioPhone?

  2. Abbas Abdul Wahab

    Google’s second round of commitment and a large sum of money this time around, I must say, strengthens the belief and confidence they have in their guts that KaiOS has got it right and their financial investment will surely help to solve KaiOS teething problem as in any major project such as this. Add to that, KaiOS being the Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough from Asia recent #MWCS18 further solidifies their footing as a no-nonsense OS for smart feature phone category.

  3. Fasil Nigatu

    I am admirer of google: this is great & I will certainly use this features with the brand phone with my saving plan in the near future. I will.

    • Kai Helps

      Thank you very much for your feedback Fasil! We hope you enjoy your experience with the KaiOS-powered devices 🙂

  4. […] the vast population that still cannot access the Internet, especially in emerging markets,” said Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies, in a joint statement while announcing the […]

  5. Kai Helps

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  7. Google is making its reach to each and every people and that is why the Google has done this investment and it will connect the next billion users.

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  10. Let’s get the Internet to the next Generation ;). ALL THE BEST KaiOS.

  11. It’s really good to hear that, you got investment from google. You guys have lot of scope. Keep us updated

  12. Google Assistant, Maps and YouTube are now working on JioPhone.

  13. Is there any kind of support for google assistant available in asia ?

  14. Great partner. For sure, you will be able to reach this next level. Congrats!

  15. Very interesting and rare partnership. I wish you guys the best.

  16. KaiOS Technologies sounds interesting. thanks for sharing.

  17. It is great to see Google investing in smaller technology companies. This app looks interesting, i will certainly check it out.

  18. great to see Google investing in smaller technology companies.

  19. “We want to ensure that Google apps and services are available to everyone, whether they are using desktops, smartphones, or feature phones.” – Love that they are doing this!

  20. It’s great to see this effort being made, but I hope these counties prepare for the headaches that come with social media which will surely occur. Hopefully the positives outweigh the negatives.

  21. Congrats on the new partnership! Happy to see Google investing in the next generation of tech companies. Cheers!

  22. Awesome article. Really useful and innovative. Thanks Google.

  23. Looks like a bright future for KAIOS, hopefully it will not turn into Google+ or other projects that share the same destiny

  24. Congrats on the new partnership! Happy to see Google investing in the next generation of tech companies. Cheers!

  25. Google has always supported innovative tech companies. Congrats. How much would the flagship product, KaiOS cost to the end user?

  26. Tom

    Great to see that Google is investing in the next gen! Woot!

  27. Congratulations on the new partnership!

  28. Good to see Google investing in the next generation!

  29. The app looks interesting. Great article.

  30. Remember old cheap Android phones? Those laggy, poor made horrible devices? Is this where Google going for again? I mean I get it-they are trying to get the low cost market, however that’s an attempt #453 and previous 452 failed, so why try again?

  31. connecting the billions of people in emerging markets who still don’t have internet access? wow this is good…especially for third rate country ppl like me

  32. Congrats on the partnership. I would definitely check the app out.

  33. Glad to see that they are now investing in the next gen.

  34. Sounds interesting to me. Thanks for sharing!

  35. It is a huge step forward in your business and as such partnership brings growth to businesses all over the world.

  36. Yes! im so happy this is happening, I truly have respect for google and cant wait to use this on the new phone!

  37. É um enorme passo em frente no seu negócio e, como tal, a parceria traz crescimento para empresas em todo o mundo.

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  38. When Google invests in something, it is sure to take down the tech market by storm. Its previous partnerships have emerged as industry leaders. Does anybody have an update on this partnership. On which stage they are currently in?

  39. […] Maps and Search, on the KaiOS-powered Nokia 8110 4G last year. Four months later, the company invested $22 million in KaiOS and promised to make its services available to all KaiOS users. It was a surprising move […]

  40. Google has always supported innovative tech companies. Congrats. How much would the flagship product, KaiOS cost to the end user?

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  42. I love kaios. Very user-friendly and light. Doesn’t consume much space on the device. I use jiophone which runs kaios. I don’t know what will others say buy my personal experience with kaios is actually very good.

  43. $22M is not a small amount. I really hope this will work!

  44. KaiOS is a web-based mobile operating system that is based on Linux. It is forked from B2G (Boot to Gecko), an open source community-driven successor i love Kaios

  45. This is so great!! Looking forward to newer innovations.

  46. really cool article thanks.

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  54. KaiOS targets feature phones — a space I’m guessing Google (and know Apple) has no desire to get into. This helps Google to ease along the pre-loading of Google-branded apps onto KaiOS devices.

  55. Well done. This partnership is paying-off, now.

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  66. KaiOS has issued a correction on its original press release to say that its version of WhatsApp will not support voice calls, as originally stated. Instead it will support voice recording – which is an interesting change!

  67. i think jiophone should have a kaistore instead of jiostore as far as it is a kaios. please give any update next time if i happy with the software update a excellent is sure.one seriously request change jiostore to kaistore but i don t oppose jio’s terms & conditions

    • Kai Helps

      Hello! Thank you for your interest in KaiOS. Kindly note that all JioPhones have the JioStore instead of the KaiStore. It can’t be changed.

  68. The only KaiOS phones worth buying are mostly available in Europe and Asia / which is a bit of a shame.

  69. KaiOS is still a good option if you don’t want a smartphone, or if you’re buying a basic phone for a family member. The Assistant-less Alcatel device I initially bought is going to my grandmother, to replace her failing AT&T flip phone.

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  71. Google Assistant, Maps and YouTube are now working on JioPhone.

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