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WhatsApp could soon make its way to JioPhone

WhatsApp could soon make its way to JioPhone”

The JioPhone is a 4G VoLTE-enabled feature phone that comes with some smartphone-like features. But it appears there's going to be a new reason to love JioPhone.

Fan website Wabetainfo.com confirmed that as of February 2018, KaiOS Technologies has acquired many new partners, including the social media giant Facebook which also owns the popular messaging app. For the unintended, KaiOS is meant for feature phones and it is based on Linux.

In an official blog post WaBetaInfo wrote, "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". "This partnership supports access to Facebook via a native KaiOS app, allowing more users to connect with their friends and families in meaningful ways". In India, Jio is already on the roll due to the huge popularity it has garnered amongst Internet consumers by providing free data, with WhatsApp entering in its features, Reliance JioPhones might just have the bigger share of the pie.

In response to a query about WhatsApp support on JioPhone KaiOS said, "We don't have any news regarding partnerships other than what we announced at MWC". Last month, Reliance Jio announced the roll out of Facebook app for JioPhone users. The digital assistant is available in Hindi and English languages, and users can make calls, browse the internet and listen to music with just voice commands. This amount is being called a security deposit and customers will get a complete refund after three years.

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According to WaBetaInfo (@wabetainfo), a Twitter account that tracks changes in WhatsApp's beta builds, the company is working on developing an app for the KaiOS. With this smart feature phone, the company is targeting 50 crore Indians who still have feature phones without basic features like the internet.

In terms of specifications, JioPhone features a 2.4-inch QVGA display, a 2MP rear camera and a VGA front shooter. The phone will be powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor which will either Spreadtrum SPRD 9820A or QC8905 along with Mali 400 GPU.

The handset works only with a Jio SIM card, which provides 4G VoLTE access to users. The handset also has Bluetooth 4.1, Global Positioning System and NFC.



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