Meet KaiOS Technologies: The Force Behind 30 Million Phones and Counting

KaiOS Technologies was founded in 2016, but since we’re just launching our blog, I want to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Kai community. Below I’ll provide some background about our company and mission.

We all know what smartphones are, and although it seems like they’ve taken over the mobile phone market, it’s estimated only 30 percent of the world’s population owns one. That means 70 percent either doesn’t want one, can’t afford one, or is looking for an alternative.

At Kai, our goal is to bridge the divide between the billions of people in emerging markets who still don’t have basic internet access, as well as those in more established markets that do. As a result, we will make internet access available to all, regardless of whether people are uncomfortable with advanced technology, don’t own a smartphone, or can’t afford one.

That’s why in 2016 we began developing KaiOS, a mobile operating system based on HTML5. The goal? To support a new category of lite phones and other IoT devices that require limited memory, so they can come at an affordable price, while still offering users the best features possible.

JioPhone by Reliance Industries

KaiOS brings the functionality of a smartphone to feature phones, such as the U.S. Alcatel GO FLIP™ Phone or India’s Reliance JioPhone (pictured above).

Phones running on KaiOS have an easy-to-use interface for non-touch devices and support 4G/LTE, as well as Wi-Fi, GPS, and NFC. KaiOS is one of only three global mobile operating systems capable of supporting most popular third-party apps, and we’re launching our Store for apps in the near future.

KaiOS now runs on 30 million phones in the U.S., Canada, and India. We have partnerships with 20 carriers including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Reliance Jio — and this is just the beginning.

World map with Kai office locations

Kai’s global team comes for a variety of different backgrounds and fields, offering users a new solution that is revolutionizing the affordable phone market.

We started with 30 team members in 2016. Now we’re close to 200 people with rich backgrounds in mobile technology, software development, and the telecoms industry. Our diverse team is spread across offices in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

As we look to the future, we’re working to gain new partnerships and enhance our technology so we can offer our services in more than 100 countries by the end of 2018.

Sebastien Codeville, CEO Kai Technologies

Kai looks to bridge the digital gap and bring the internet to people across the globe.

We’re at the forefront of a digital revolution that is opening up new opportunities for individuals, their families, and communities. With our technology and the help of our partners, we believe that one day everyone will have access to advanced digital services.

Want to reach KaiOS customer support? Have a partnership idea? Would like to work for KaiOS? Click here to fill out the form, our support agents will be in touch shortly.

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There are 14 Comments


    No USB tethering / No Bluetooth tethering, Jio is providing 500 MB data but no use of it (only the option daily SIM Changing from Jio basic phone to SMART phone

    • Tim Metz

      Hi there,

      Thanks for checking out our blog and leaving a comment. These functionalities and the data packages are determined by the mobile operators so we have no influence over them. We’ll let Jio know though that you’ve requested these tethering options.

      Have a nice day!

      • Joeri

        Hi Tim, does this mean that the forthcoming Nokia 8110 4G could be used for Bluetooth tethering as well (instead of just Wifi), if my provider permits it?

      • Vasu

        USB tethering or bluetooth tethering is the most wanted feature and everybody waiting for it.

  2. Aadil

    When comes jio phone apps like hike mxvideo player youtube whatsap fb massenger ?

    • Tim Metz

      Hi Aadil,

      Thanks for your message. The content of the app store in India is determined by Reliance Jio, so we can’t provide any further news on this.

      Have a great day!

  3. Tim Metz

    Hi there,

    Thanks for leaving a comment. These functionalities are determined by the mobile operators so we have no influence over them. We’ll let Jio know though that you’ve requested these tethering options.

    Have a good day!


    Thanks for making another revolutionary operating system for feature phone.
    Actually i want to know that when will kai store available in worldwide?
    And another thing is that how can i develop apps for this operating system?
    I also work for your company…

  5. Dan Seracu


    Thank you for your good work!!! I was just looking for a feature phone to replace my smartphone, but a feature phone featuring 4G/Wifi/Hotspot!!!

    Are Kai phones sold in Europe too? (i.e. Romania?)

    Thank you,

  6. Frank Chung

    Will this operating system also banned from the chinese and/or indian market like android by US goverment?

  7. selvin

    why kaios used nokia 8110 4g is not working in usb thethering mode?, Is kaios not capable for that purpose?

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