KaiOS Technologies and Facebook Bring WhatsApp to Millions of Smart Feature Phones  

Hong Kong, <22 July 2019> – KaiOS Technologies, maker of KaiOS, the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones, and Facebook, the social networking company whose goal is to bring the world closer together, today announced WhatsApp’s availability for download in the KaiStore, on both 512MB and 256MB RAM devices. Further, by Q3 2019, most smart feature phones powered by KaiOS will have WhatsApp preinstalled upon shipment. Facebook is already available on KaiOS phones in India, Africa, Europe, and APAC.

“KaiOS has been a critical partner in helping us bring private messaging to smart feature phones around the world. Providing WhatsApp on KaiOS helps bridge the digital gap to connect friends and family in a simple, reliable and secure way.” said Matt Idema, COO of WhatsApp.

WhatsApp is a messaging tool used by more than 1.5 billion people worldwide who need a simple, reliable and secure way to communicate with friends and family. Users can enjoy voice recording and messaging capabilities and more, all with end-to-end encryption that keeps correspondence private and secure. WhatsApp was first launched on the KaiOS-powered JioPhone in India in September of 2018, and now with today’s broad release, the app will reach millions of new users across Africa, Europe, North America, Southeast Asia, Latin America and beyond.

“We’re thrilled to bring WhatsApp to the KaiOS platform and extend such an important means of communication to a brand new demographic,” said Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies. “We strive to make the internet and digital services accessible for everyone and offering WhatsApp on affordable smart feature phones is a giant leap towards this goal. We can’t wait to see the next billion users connect in meaningful ways with their loved ones, communities, and others across the globe.”

KaiOS currently powers more than 100 million devices shipped worldwide, in over 100 countries. The platform enables a new category of devices that require limited memory, while still offering a rich user experience. 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.

For more details related to WhatsApp’s availability on specific KaiOS devices, please visit: Meet The Devices That Are Powered by KaiOS

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 100 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 the Google Assistant, YouTube, Facebook, Google Maps, and Twitter.

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

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There are 69 Comments

  1. Does this mean that the WhatsApp that’s already on the New Nokia 8110 4G.
    The current WhatsApp in the existing Kai cannot make phone calls. Only text and voice memos

  2. whatsapp may be good than facebook

  3. gk

    is KaiOS 2.5.1 latest version?

  4. Thijs

    I have a Doro 7060 and downloaded Whatsapp.
    But I cannot open Whatsapp because it says I need the latest software update.
    But the phone is already up to date.

  5. an

    hi,
    issue:
    1. whats app interface is not being read by the screen reader(read out). this is because the elements has no text labels accessible for the read-out library to properly detect.

    • Kai Helps

      Hello! Thank you for reaching out! This is the way how it was designed. We understand the importance of the screen-reader and are working on its improvement.

  6. Robin

    Dear Kai support I’ve got a question,
    Can I restore a backup (of the chats) in KaiOS that i made before on my Android’s Whatsapp?
    I think this is a crucial feature that whatsapp should have.

  7. Ajiiiii

    Hi,
    How can I get screen shot in nokia 8110

  8. Cehajich

    Would you make Nokia smartphone with Kaios?

  9. nên thêm tính năng ghi âm cuộc gọi nữa , đó là điều mà nhiều người quan tâm trên nokia 8110 4G

  10. kien nguyen

    Trong bản cập nhật sắp tới cho nokia 8110 4G .
    Tôi mong các bạn bổ sung tính năng tự động ghi âm cuộc gọi (hoặc có thể tắt mở trong cài đặt)
    Tôi nghĩ đó khong phải là ý kiến riêng của cá nhân tôi
    Cảm ơn và luôn ủng hộ các bạn

  11. kien nguyen

    in the upcoming update for nokia 8110 4G
    I urge you to include automatic call recording feature (or can change it to open or close the setting)
    I think this feature is not only my personal, but most people who use nokia 8110 4G want it
    Thanks and always support you

  12. kien nguyen

    I see 4 navigation keys we should assign function shortcuts
    For example :
    texting
    calendar entries
    music player
    Phonebook
    I look forward to that in the next update
    Thanks and always accompany you

  13. kien nguyen

    – there is no shortcut (or yes no) because not assigning a 5-way key to any function; It defaults to “Right key” as a shortcut to enter the mode: Airplane, Sound, flashlight, capture, computer, data, bluetooth, increase or decrease brightness; (very time consuming)

    – Left shortcut: go to see sms, missed notifications … to do each view of this content to reply or delete (finish)

    2. Contacts are very slow

    – Must go to the menu in the shortcut key to select contacts, then from the new list to find the name => but find the name, you must type exactly the saved name, for example: to find the name “Cuong em” then accept the beat “Cuon” and then press up and down until the name wants to call, or have to type “Cuong em”; but a quick “Cuon e” typewriter to find that it said no.

    – 512 512 only stores contacts (> 1000 names) but clicks on Contacts, it loads forever to “Search” box and if it is impatient to click immediately to find the letters, it will not load in full number. this time it will find the number that matches the number stored in the directory)

    3. When you have searched the directory and want to exit Home, you must delete all the words that look in the search box, then it will be back, not the “Red button”, press 1 to “Home” immediately to enter another function. .. or whatever it is, must “back, back, back, back and back …..” when it comes to “Home”.

    Some comments on forums use nokia 8110 4G

  14. kien nguyen

    Great, thank you for your feedback

  15. khaled

    hi team same as other friends whatsapp not working and can note update to version 2.5.1 i own cat b35 .thanks for help

  16. DTRally

    With CAT B35 I can only import 1000 (of 1330) of my contacts from Outlook. Please help! I want to import all my contacts. Why is there a max?

  17. det

    Can you make plugin system for kaios so whatsapp viber telegram etc can make connector for sms app to deal with messsges and for calls standard phone call app can recives call from this platform and when you call someone you can chose do you want make the call over gsm or whatsapp viber etc

  18. Luis

    Hi! I would like to buy an Alcatel Flip Phone Go, but I want to be sure I will be able to install and use WhatsApp on it. In the “Meet the Devices That Are Powered by KaiOS” page it does not mentios WhatsApp in the Flip Go section.

    Regards,

    Luis

    • Kai Helps

      Hello! Please note that WhatsApp is available in the latest version 2.5.1. We can’t confirm that the device that you want to buy wil have the latest version.

  19. Pang

    Hi. I would like to have document sharing on Whatsapp. Currently Whatsapp on Kai OS does not support document sharing. This might bothers anyone who sent me documents through Whatsapp that I have to ask him/her to resend their documents to my email. I understand that Nokia 8110 cannot open files since it is a feature phone, but at least let me download the files into my SD card so that I can transfer the file to be opened on my PC. Thank you.

  20. Lawal-Shittabey

    Hello, Good device but there is one important thing that is missing.. Please Let us have a file manager. I downloaded a 295MB video only to find out that the format (.mkv) is not supported by the inbuilt video player. Now I cannot access a file manager to either send the video to another device via bluetooth/any other means or delete the video. It is just there now, Occupying my device memory. I also have multiple documents with unsupported format that i cannot access.

    Please do introduce a file manager root app.. You can just call it “Files”

  21. how to open downloads
    for reading
    my phone is an alcatel
    fliptop

    thank you

  22. Albert

    Guten Tag habe mir ein 8110 4g gekauft können sie mir eine gute Sicherheit gewähren sie haben keine AntiVirus Programme usw habe sehr schlechte Erfahrung mit Android ich suche Höhe Sicherheit

  23. Asif Ahmed

    Sir In Nokia 8110 4g, whatsapp supported in Pakistan?

    • Kai Helps

      Asif, WhatsApp should be available for your device already. Feel free to let us know if you can download it. Should you have any problems with that, let us know right away!

  24. Marye

    No Whatsapp on Doro 7060, when will this be available in the store again?

  25. David Melero Sánchez

    Hi, I just bought a Nokia 8110 4G and it really is a phone that I love.
    But I have a problem, I am unable to install the Whatsapp.
    I have updated to the latest version of the OS, but every time I try to install the Whatsapp it gives me an “installation error”
    What I can do?
    Thank you

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