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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 19 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. […] la potenza di uno smartphone con la convenienza di un feature phone”. Grazie a un accordo di partnership con Google, KaiOS dispone anche della possibilità di accedere ai servizi offerti da Google Maps, Google […]

  6. 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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