Barcelona, <25 February 2019> – KaiOS Technologies, maker of KaiOS, the emerging mobile OS for smart feature phones today announced an expansion of their partnership with Google. Through this extended collaboration, KaiOS users will enjoy deeper integration of Google’s services like the Google Assistant and Google Maps, and can now access YouTube for the first time on their smart feature phones. Further, besides devices from seven partners already in the market, more than five new KaiOS-powered devices boasting Google functionality will be launching in the Middle-East, Africa, Latin America, and Europe, supported by Orange, MTN, Avenir Telecom, and several other carriers and OEMs.
Google’s product suite has been tailored specifically for the KaiOS platform with the Google Assistant, Google Search, and Google Maps coming preloaded on every device shipped to Africa, Europe, North America, and Southeast Asia. With the new YouTube app designed for KaiOS-powered smart feature phones, users can now enjoy an optimized YouTube experience and unlock a world of learning, education and entertainment on the platform.
Rolling out across devices later this year, the Google Assistant on KaiOS will offer new voice input capabilities across the entire OS. Since the start of the partnership, the Google Assistant has proven to be a widely-used tool among KaiOS users, seeing a seven-fold increase in active users this past year in India, Indonesia, Brazil and Mexico, along with a steady rise in search queries in rural areas, according to the latest numbers from Google.
The upcoming new devices running on KaiOS are important additions to the current smart feature phone market. The Sanza from Orange will be available to consumers in 16 countries in Africa in April 2019. Ooredoo will launch a new KaiOS device in Qatar, while Energizer will launch eight new phones running on KaiOS in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
“Together with Google, we’ve made a lot of progress over the past year in connecting the next billion people and providing them with access to advanced digital services, such as the Google Assistant,” said Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies. “We’re really excited to see our partnership expand into many new countries and products running on KaiOS. Even more important, the capabilities of Google services on KaiOS devices are quickly getting more advanced and intelligent, making a meaningful impact in the daily lives of our users.“
KaiOS is based on HTML5 and other open web technologies, with more than 80 million devices shipped in over 100 countries. The platform enables a new category of affordable smart feature phones that require limited memory, while still offering a rich user experience through functionality like 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi, GPS, and NFC, and access to popular apps and services including the Google Assistant, Google Maps, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.
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