Google Invests $22 Million into the Feature Phone Operating System, KaiOS

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Google Invests $22 Million into the Feature Phone Operating System, Kaios
Google Invests $22 Million into the Feature Phone Operating System, Kaios

Google has recently invested $22 million into KaiOS, the feature phone operating system. KaiOS will allow the user to use Google Assistant, Search, Youtube, Maps and likewise on their smartphones.

KaiOS is a web-based operating system that allows for an innovative smartphones category and other IoT devices with little memory requirement.

“This funding will help us fast-track development and global deployment of KaiOS-enabled smart feature phones. We’re excited to work with Google to deliver its services on more mobile devices.” stated Sebastien Codeville, CEO, KaiOS Technologies, in a blog post.

Google Invests $22 Million into the Feature Phone Operating System, Kaios
Google Invests $22 Million into the Feature Phone Operating System, Kaios

The funding was made after Reliance Retail Ltd, bought 16 % stakes in KiaOS for $7 million. Manufactures like Nokia handset manufacturer, TCL, India’s Micromax and HMD Global work with KaiOS. KiaOS has also collaborated with Reliance Jio Infocomm in India and Sprint, AT&T and T- mobile in the US.

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All these Collaborations of KaiOS manufactures economical smartphones with functions like GPS, 4G/LTE, and Wi-Fi.

Initially, KaiOs technologies was a project of TCL Corporation, later in 2016, the whole project was made a separate company.

The Funding of Google in the company will help a number of people to afford a phone with basic Internet functionality and useful apps.  The new OS will operate with 512MB RAM and 4GB storage.  KaiOS with Google apps can drive the major global penetration of 4G-enabled feature phones.

“We want to ensure that Google apps and services are available to everyone, whether they are using desktops, smartphones, or feature phones. Following the success of the JioPhones, we are excited to work with KaiOS to further improve access to information for feature phone users around the world.” asserts Anjali Joshi, vice president of product management, Next Billion Users, Google. “

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