JioPhone may support WhatsApp soon, hints latest beta update

WhatsApp for JioPhone now seems imminent. After nearly an year of incoming reports on company working WhatsApp support for KaiOS, a Linux-based OS that runs on JioPhone and similar non-touch phones, the company has finally hinted in its latest beta update for Windows that it will soon support KaiOS.

The news comes from WhatsApp’s fan site WaBetaInfo. ” Important references about the development of a new native KaiOS app had been found in the latest WhatsApp beta for Windows Phone 2.18.38, indicating the presence of a new platform that can be connected to WhatsApp servers,” states the report. However, no mention of WhatsApp was made by KaiOS Technologies during MWC 2018.

KaiOS is seen on entry-level phones and JioPhone is currently the most popular phone to run this OS. The phone sells for Rs 1500 in India and is effectively free. The Rs 1500 amount is taken as security deposit which is refunded after 3 years.

Facebook recently extended its support for KaiOS. JioPhone users can now use Facebook app on their phones. The app has been optimised to support JioPhone. The app presently offers support push notifications, video, and external links. The app also supports JioPhone cursor for its News feed and photos.

KaiOS Technologies at MWC 2018 announced its partnership with some major groups like Facebook, Google, Twitter and several mobile phone companies like Micromax and HMD Global.

WhatsApp is one of the most highly awaited feature on JioPhone. The app is available for Nokia S40 that runs Symbian OS but will pull its plug on OS by the end of this year. Instead, it will support KaiOS.

Mukesh Ambani launched JioPhone on October 1, 2017 in India. The phone targeted 50 crore feature users in India that are stuck on 2G or 3G network and get them on 4G. The company, by far, has launched over 6 million handsets in the country.

JioPhone comes with suits of Jio apps pre-installed in the phone along with Jio’s data and voice call plans bundled with it. The phone can be paired with Rs 153 or Rs 49 plan. User get unlimited voice calls along with 1GB data for 28 days at Rs 49. The validity of both plans is for 28 days.


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