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JioPhone reportedly shifting to Android version soon

JioPhone reportedly shifting to Android version soon”

JioPhone has finally started to distribute their much hyped free feature phone (effectively after three years).

However, the spokesperson of Reliance Jio has said that these reports are not to believed and company will soon announce the date of its next pre-booking, "JioPhone, "India ka smartphone" is committed to fulfilling the country's digital vision". Millions of people have booked the phone after its launch in August.

According to some reports that now come out to be rumors, the company has halted the development of the Jio Phone as it concentrates on exploring the Android platform to provide the users on the platform.

Although everything seems good with the JioPhone and its KaiOS, still the lack of some popular apps might be haunting the company.

"There are not enough apps compatible with KaiOS but people are working on developing special versions for the JioPhone".

In terms of tariff, Reliance Jio has paired the JioPhone with Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan plan priced at Rs 153 per month.

Allegedly, Airtel has partnered with Karbonn and Celkon to launch Android-powered smartphones under the price tag of INR 1,500 which offers a touch screen, Android user interface and the app store which caters up to 2.7 billion apps, as JioPhone has none of these features. While smartphones from Airtel and Vodafone run the regular version of Android, the upcoming JioPhone might run Android Go, a lightweight version of Android meant for low-end devices. At the launch, Reliance Jio had said that it is targeting to have five million JioPhones available every week. With the main highlight to be the access to 4G internet and the effective "zero pricing", though at the time of purchase the user has to pay Rs. 1500. While Reliance Jio has bundled its some of its own apps, the JioPhone misses out on popular apps like WhatsApp, making it a hard sell even at its low price.

The feature phone which supports 4G VoLTE runs on Kai OS which is based on Firefox OS. JioPhone comes preloaded with Jio apps like JioCinema, JioTV, JioMusic, and JioXpressNews. These apps are preinstalled on the JioPhone along with instant messaging and social networking apps.



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