It is official – smart feature phones, many of which are powered by KaiOS, have earned a spot in the mobile ecosystem based on the extraordinary growth – and it isn’t showing any signs of slowing. According to a new report from Counterpoint Research, nearly 370 million smart feature phones are expected to be sold across the world between 2019 and 2021, representing a $28 billion opportunity. Software and services alone will contribute 71 percent, or around $20 billion, of the near-to-mid-term revenue.
These projections have a lot of implications for consumers and the industry alike.
Thirty-four percent of the world’s population aren’t subscribed to mobile services and 57 percent don’t use mobile internet due to price point and lack of access. It’s these users that smart feature phones benefit the most.
Consumers no longer need to choose between budget smartphones or feature phones with limited functionality. Smart feature phones represent an entirely new category of devices that havethe power to guide the more than two billion feature phone users toward more advanced, efficient technology.
KaiOS and our partners have been driving forces in bringing the smart feature phone segment to life. We developed our platform with emerging regions and niche user groups in mind, from those priced out of the existing market, to others looking for an alternative to smartphones. There’s a huge demand for reliable, affordable technology in regions like Asia, Africa and Latin America where more sophisticated devices are just too expensive and basic feature phones are just that, too basic.
Alternatively, groups like seniors want devices that are easier to use without losing core functionality such as access to the internet, social media, and utilities. There’s also a segment of users that require more durable devices or even companion phones to accommodate their lifestyle or professional needs.
That’s a lot of people that KaiOS can serve.
The impacts go beyond consumers too; these smart feature phones can facilitate a host of business and revenue opportunities for the entire mobile ecosystem. The devices will be integral to enabling operators to upgrade networks from 2G/3G to 4G, which had previously been nearly impossible given users were restricted by price point and selection to less efficient 2G phones. Further, as more consumers transition to 3G and 4G phones, operators will have the opportunity to increase voice and data revenue, or even retool their data offerings.
Reliance Jio is a great case study showcasing the success, reach, and impact of KaiOS-powered devices. After adopting the KaiOS platform, Reliance Jio acquired tens of millions of 2G feature phone users and transitioned them to its 4G network. Consumers found the phone appealing because it was a fraction of the price of an entry-level smartphone but offered curated apps and robust functionality like Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Google Assistant.
According to Counterpoint, out of the more than 100 million subscribers Reliance added since the launch of the Jio Phone in late 2017, the KaiOS-powered device accounted for almost half of those net additions.
App developers, content creators, and commerce players will also reap the rewards of smart feature phones. With a new vehicle to reach a previously untapped market, the door opens in terms of generating more downloads and engagement, and offering hyper-tailored services that meet the needs of local communities. In Africa, for example, localized content like livestock tracking and mobile payment platforms have been highly impactful, and there’s room for even more solutions as more of the world’s population is able to access the internet. Additionally, advertisers can now access this once untapped market with their ads, while users receive free data in return of the ad content.
According to Counterpoint’s research, India, the Middle East, and Africa will continue to drive the most sales of smart feature phones, but there’s still global opportunity. “The feature phone market has continued to grow over the last three years. This contrasts with the smartphone market, which slowed to negative growth in 2018 for the first time ever.”
We’re thrilled that KaiOS has helped enable digital inclusion across the world, and will continue to focus on the expansion of widespread access to mobile internet and advanced digital services. Alongside our valued partners, Kai has already made important strides this year, and it’s only just begun.
KaiOS will get an emerging role in the developing countries undoubtedly. Go ahead, Kai team. Best regards
Dear KaiOS, please rollout google drive & twitter app for jio phone
Hello! Please note that the content of the app store (JioStore) on JioPhones is determined by Reliance Jio. As a starting point for more information about the JioPhone, JioStore, and apps please check https://www.jio.com/en-in/selfhelp 🙂
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Jio phone f220b me how to download jb store omnisd kaios store and how to install
kaios store jio f220b me downlode kese kare
i want to play game in the kaios please
In the KaiStore there are a lot of games that you can play in.
how to download kaios app for jio phone model-F120B
Ashish, JioPhone devices have their own proprietary store which is under control by Reliance Jio. If you want to suggest an app, please contact Reliance Jio directly. Thanks!
आप केया जिय के लिये जेम नेहि बानायेँगे
Kaios store open kay se kare
Apologies that our support is currently in English only.
How can I help you?
I not use play kaios store in jio phone
I want to be an application developer for KaiOS, what should I do prepare for?
Karic, please check the information provided on our Developer Portal: https://developer.kaiostech.com/
please update jio phone f120b model
Hi, could you specify which features or apps you are missing the most? Is there anything specific you would like to have with a new update? Thank you in advance!
Love to see Spotify made available on KaiOS. A smart feature phone is in use by many besides Android or iOS, just to “cool down” and to relax sometime. Like me 😋 Porting Spotify with some basic features is much appreciated by many. And it will create awareness to millions of potential new users (geo-fencing optional to reduce pricing).
jio phone 4G
Kaios store in jio phone not used
I not use kaios store in jio phone
Please updete used google play store in jio phone
Please make Whatsapp available on Nokia 8110 in all region!
You can be sure that it’s coming to other devices and regions, Mohd! Please stay tuned in order to not to miss the update. Thank you!
I’ll hold you to your word 😉
Great Team Work – Keep running fast for meaningful apps.
here are some areas that needs improving:
1. text to speech is not that clear. consider using another in kaios example google tts, eloquence or vocalizer.
1. a power off issue.
steps for reproducing issue:
1. enable read out from settings, device, accessibility
2. set media volume to 5 then move to 15
3. power off the device via the power menu
you will see the device display goes blank but the device does not power off
issues with readout:
(a) the screen reader is not reading the two field(for entering contact number)
(b) when deleting a character the reader says clear instead of the deleted character
(c) when the left and right nav keys are used to move through the characters, the screen reader is not speaking the characters.
2. os interface:
(a) the date and time dialog is not spoken when selecting values
(b) no voice feed back is given when the screen is lock or unlocked. the reader should give a notification to inform user when screen is lock or unlock
(c) there should be an option to adjust voice pitch
(d) there should be an option to launch read out on first setup by pressing a key for some seconds
(e) when soft key 1 is pressed for notifications, no voice feed back is spoken. if there is no entries the reader should speak no entries
(f) battery status is not spoken. you have to go into settings to hear the battery stat
(g) when in settings the screen reader is not reading the sections when using the left and right nav keys. example when you move to the device section, the voice should say “device”
(h) the google assistant options is not spoken. example under change language no items are spoken.
(i) call logs are not spoken it only says “not selected”. if the logs are empty, the screen reader should say “no entries”
(j) in some dialogs, the reader will speak “soft key1 [object], soft key2 [object]”. labels should be added for these
(k) file manager items are not spoken and when deleting photos the items are not spoken
(l) when making a phone call and a digit is deleted the screen reader says clear but it should speak the deleted character.
(m) when a new window is open, no voice feed back is spoken until a key is pressed. example if the user press select for all apps the reader should say “all apps”
(n) callender is not spoken when opened you have to press select two times
(m) this issue is with sms shortcode
the screen reader will not read the window
example if “*123#” is entered
the top up menu will come up and the screen reader will not announce the options(press 1 to check balance, 2 to purchase a plan)
this occurs on multiple carrier services
(o) the screen reader read out stop working in the kaios store. it will no longer read the items in the store
also when creating or signing into a kaios account it will not read
(p) when using the note app to create a note, screen reader will not read the contents when using the up or down navigation keys.
email app with screen reader:
1. when reading emails the screen reader will not read the message body
2. when deleting emails, the screen reader will not announce the key function example left soft key no, right soft key delete
1. the screen reader will not announce the elements example if the focuss is on a link the screen reader should announce link
same should apply to buttons, edit boxes and so on.
1. the youtube application available on the kaios store will not work with the screen reader. there is zero percent voice feedback from the screen rreader when the youtube app is launch
2. the facebook application from the store has the same issue as above
Hi Leanne, this is very insightful feedback there. Could you send us a message with your device model and its software version to support.kaiostech.com/new? We would be glad to assist you. Thank you in advance!
It’s great that KaiOS is leading the way in emerging markets, but what about people looking for a simpler phone in the US? Any word on when a full-fledged feature phone might be coming to America?
Hi Kelly, there’s already a device on the American market – Alcatel GoFlip 2. It is also available as an Alcatel Tracfone A405DL. You may find in the stores available near you.
I’ve really been waiting for a US phone that has access to the KaiOS store, google assistant and maps. Any word on when a phone with those capabilities might be coming to the US market
Hey, thanks for your comment, Kelly. Please let me provide you with an article from our blog about devices powered by KaiOS, so you could check/compare devices currently available in the USA. Here is a link: https://kaiostech.com/meet-the-devices-that-are-powered-by-kaios/
In case any questions arise, feel free to ask!
Really want WhatsApp. That would make KaiOS a proper smartphone alternative. But also what about a podcast app? Those two are the key apps for me. #tinketytonkanddownwithsmartphones
Jim, WhatsApp is still being prepared for the release as you may probably know. As for the podcast app, we are working on extending the range of apps supported, so we hope such an app will appear in the future. Thank you for the suggestion!
I am waiting for KaiOS 3.0 update. I hope it will be available till 15 August 2019
Do you develop the Facebook/WhatsApp/Twitter apps or are they 3rd party from the site originators?
Also I think what you guys are doing is great 🙂
Thank you so much for your feedback, Nico! Facebook/WhatsApp/Twitter are developed by its respective owners, i.e. these are third-party apps.
A user of nokia 8110 4G from China，would you please develop WeChat for us? Because this app is so important and widely used in China.
Hi Long, thank you for this suggestion – it has been forwarded to our product team. Feel free to let us know if you have any other suggestions or ideas – we are open to hear any of them 🙂 Thank you!
this is very important information thanks
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ALL APPS JIO PHONE
Hello! Please specify your question 😉
Whatsapp in jio ( india )doesn’t support emojis ,voice call and reply to chat !! Any update in near future.
Hello! Thank you for reaching out! Your helpful comments are much appreciated, and your feedback will help us to continually improve our OS.
Be sure that I have forwarded your requirements to our product team so they could include them in the next software version.
jio isn’t rolling out hotspot update
Hello! I regert to know that. Let me advise you to contact Reliance Jio with question https://www.jio.com/en-in/selfhelp
I have aquired the “MTN Uganda” 3G smart_T Phone powered by “KaiOS_version_2.5.1” …..will it be possible to update it to future versions i.e “KaiOS 3.O and beyond”?
What MP3/MP4 Formats does its audio/video players support in case we need to download some audio/videos?
Hello, I am using a Nokia 8110 with KaiOS
One thing I’ve noticed is that there is no way to create a playlist on the Music feature of the device. Is this a manufacturer-related error or the OS as a whole?
Anyway, I hope this can be fixed on future updates as I’ve got quite a library for tunes that I wanted to be on Playlist-fashion order.
Hi Francis, indeed, creating a custom playlist is currently not supported in the current version of KaiOS but we hope to introduce more features in the future. We hope you keep your eyes on our updates. Thanks!
New apps install
When can we expect Google drive, Facebook and Twitter app for jio phones
I have your software on my phone illegally Michelle sanchez has done this please call
Hi Mary, please contact us directly via our support form here: https://support.kaiostech.com/support/home Our team would love to assist you. Thank you!
KaiOS improve your comment moderation, people can misuse your name on your site.
Thank you – noted! We will look into that further with our web admins. Cheers!
আমি কিভাবে জিও কিংবা জিও ২ এর মতো কাইওস ফোন বাংলাদেশে পেতে পারি।নোকিয়া ৮১১০ ছাড়া।কারণ এটার দাম অনেক।যেই দামের তিন ভাগের এক ভাগে অ্যান্ড্রয়েড ফোন পাওয়া যায়।
Hello! Apologies that our support is currently in English only.
Kaios needs more stability and speed
The keyboard writes characters alone
needs more apps. Like telegram and messenger.
I got update 16 with WhatsApp but there is no facebook
Nokia 8110 , egypt
Hello! Thank you for your feedback! I will forward all your requirements to our product team. As for Facebook we are working with OEMs to spread it to all regions. Apologies for inconvenience.
Thank you for the feedback, Allam. The reason why you didn’t get the Facebook app can be related to the OEM (the device manufacturer). Perhaps, you can contact Nokia directly for more help on the issue?
We also appreciate your suggestions for the apps to be featured. Could you specify the issue you have with the keyboard? Thank you in advance.
I have a Nokia 8110 4G phone.
I find I am unable to change the tone for the incomming SMS and the clock alarm tone to any custom tones, only the buit in tones.
When will this option be available?
I like KaiOS project.
Any KaiOS-device already on sale in Spain (Europe)?
Hi Óscar, you should be able to find Nokia 8110 4G or Cat B35. For more information about the devices and their availability, please check our blog post here: https://kaiostech.com/meet-the-devices-that-are-powered-by-kaios/
i need kaios 3.0 software update on my jio phone f90m plz
i need kaios 3.0 software update on my jio phone f90m plzzzz
I use imported contacts from gmail. During some calls, the caller ID comes as unknown although I have that number in contacts. So far I have observed it on contacts with multiple numbers saved. One number shows the caller ID, the other shows up as unknown. Pls fix it. Great OS anyway.
Hi! Please send us a direct message with this issue for better investigation. http://support.kaiostech.com/support/tickets/new
I’m kind of disappointed you only collaborate with the largest companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter. These companies are well known for selling user data/privacy to 3rd parties and trying to cover this up. Even though I understand in the end, you need to put bread on the table. At least have some alternatives to these corporate companies, since there are also a lot of people downgrading to feature phones.
Hi! Thank you for your feedback. We are working on improving our OS and collaboration with our partners. And we appreciate your advice.
There’s a huge amount of people not just in emerging countries but in Europe, Usa… waiting impatiently for a detox mobile system. No matter the price of the devices, we want something non social, just whatsapp (it’s not a social app to me, just the standard messaging app), banking apps, mobility apps (blablacar, uber and so), gps, spotify and not much more. Good and powerful phones that make our lifes better and don’t invite us to get addicted to the screen. Go for it!
Hi there! Thank you for your comments. We are workingon expanding the rangeof apps for our users.
By the way, I’m very excited with kaios and its evolution, but the website leaves a lot to be desired. Not even a list of available phones! I urge you to invest in a complete and appealing website.
Hello! Please specify what exactly you would like to see in our blog. We appreciate your ideas.
please add whatsapp voice call in jiophone 2
How to make voice and video calls on KaiOS?
Why can’t WhatsApp on my KaiOS device do it? What do I have to do to get service?
My KaiOS device has a front camera to make video calls but whatsapp doesn’t support
When is the WhatsApp update on KaiOS available in Indonesia? I am waiting for an update on my Hape Online Indosat Ooredoo as soon as possible.
Hey there! Our team is always working on improvement our features and apps. However, we work with our partners which develop their own apps and introduce new updates or/and features on their own.
If you have a suggestion or an idea for the WhatsApp client in KaiOS, please reach out to WhatsApp team directly: https://www.whatsapp.com/contact/?subject=messenger Make sure to pick up ‘KaiOS’ and you will get an email address to contact WhatsApp.
Although video calls are supported in the core of OS, we do not have the app for them at the moment. Please stay tuned for the updates.
By the way, which updates do you have in mind? Please let us know 😉
there are is no emoji and stickers are not support so we need that in order to enjoy more
Hi there! Thanks a lot for sharing your suggestion, will forward it to our product team.