KaiOS

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KaiOS
KaiOS logo.svg
DeveloperKaiOS Technologies Inc.
OS familyFirefox OS/Open Web (based on Linux kernel)
Working stateActive
Initial release2017
Marketing targetMobile phones
Package managerKaiOS Store
PlatformsARM
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux)
Default user interfaceGraphical
LicenseClosed source, Linux kernel patches under GPLv2[1]
Official websitewww.kaiostech.com
"Banana" Nokia 8110 4G
Nokia 8110 4G

KaiOS is a mobile operating system based on Linux, owned by KaiOS Technologies, a US-based company.[2] It is forked from B2G (Boot to Gecko), an open source community-driven successor of Firefox OS which was discontinued by Mozilla in 2016.[3][4][5]

The primary features of KaiOS bring support for 4G LTE E, VoLTE, GPS and Wi-Fi with HTML5-based apps and longer battery life to non-touch devices with optimized user interface, less memory and energy consumption.[6][7] It also features over-the-air updates.[citation needed] A dedicated app marketplace called KaiStore enables users to download applications.[8] Some services are preloaded as HTML5 applications, including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.[9] The operating system is comparatively lightweight on hardware resource usage, and is able to run on devices with just 256 MB of memory.[10]

The operating system first appeared in 2017 and is developed by KaiOS Technologies Inc., a San Diego, California-based company headed by CEO Sebastien Codeville with offices in other countries.[11][12] In June 2018, Google invested US$22 million in the operating system.[13] India-based telecom operator Reliance Jio also invested $7 million in cash to pick up a 16% take in the company.[14]

In market share study results announced in May 2018, KaiOS beat Apple's iOS for second place in India,[15] while Android dominates with 71%, albeit down by 9%. KaiOS growth is being largely attributed to popularity of the competitively-priced JioPhone.[16]

In Q1 2018, 23 million KaiOS devices were shipped.[17]

Markets[edit]

KaiOS devices are available on various markets globally.[18]

Asia

Africa

  • Algeria
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Egypt
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guinea
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Mali
  • Morocco
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Tunisia

Middle East

  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia

Latin America

North America

  • United States
  • Canada

Europe

Devices[edit]

Jio Phone

Devices that come with KaiOS include:[21]

Open source[edit]

With the release of the Nokia 8110 4G, an active community around both KaiOS and the phone arose and released the first version of a jailbreak. This gave users the ability to use old Firefox OS apps on the KaiOS devices, as well as flashing their devices with community created ROMs, such as GerdaOS.

Partnerships[edit]

As of February 2018, KaiOS Technologies has partnered with Airfind, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Bullitt, Doro, HMD Global, Micromax, NXP, Spreadtrum, Qualcomm, Jio, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Orange S.A.[36][9]

Release history[edit]

Version Announced
2.6.0 May 2019
2.5.1 April 2019
2.5 February 2018[37]
2.0 July 2017
1.0 March 2017

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Can I access the source code? : KaiOS". Support.kaiostech.com.
  2. ^ "KaiOS Technologies". Linkedin.com.
  3. ^ "KaiOS FAQ". Kaiostech.com.
  4. ^ "JioPhone Operating System (Android or KaiOS or Firefox OS)". Jio4gmobile.in.
  5. ^ Lunden, Ingrid. "KaiOS, a feature phone platform built on the ashes of Firefox OS, adds Facebook, Twitter and Google apps". Techcrunch.com.
  6. ^ "KaiOS, Here's everything you should know about the operating system available in JioPhone — Mobile Studio". Mobilestudio.co.in. August 24, 2017.
  7. ^ Barton, James. "KaiOS Emerging OS - Developing Telecoms". Developingtelecoms.com.
  8. ^ "Reliance Jio LYF 4G VoLTE feature phone: To run KaiOS, will have an app store too". Indianexpress.com. 20 July 2017.
  9. ^ a b "All you need to know about KaiOS that runs on Jio feature phone". Blogpoke.com.
  10. ^ "KaiOS is on 30 million phones and now has Google apps, Facebook, Twitter". Mobilityarena.com. 27 February 2018.
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ "What is KaiOS ?". Primea2z.blogspot.com. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Google invests $22 million in the OS powering Nokia feature phones". Theverge.com.
  14. ^ Parikh, Prasham (2019-04-24). "KaiOS and Jio are ready to serve 4G goodness to the unserved". EOTO Tech. Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  15. ^ "KaiOS is doing well in India, but it's pulling some big numbers in US too". www.androidauthority.com. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  16. ^ "JioPhone's KaiOS surpasses iOS to become India's second most popular mobile operating system". Bgr.in. 7 May 2018. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  17. ^ "The second-largest mobile OS in India rhymes with iOS, but isn't iOS - Android Authority". www.androidauthority.com. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  18. ^ https://www.kaiostech.com/mwc-2019-kai-reinforces-smart-feature-phone-leader-position-through-new-sweeping-partnerships/
  19. ^ https://www.kaiostech.com/the-first-kaios-powered-smart-feature-phone-arrives-in-indonesia-a-new-partnership-model-combining-retail-and-banking-to-advance-financial-inclusion/
  20. ^ a b c https://www.kaiostech.com/kaios-technologies-enters-brazil-market-through-launch-of-positivo-p70s-and-multilaser-zapp/
  21. ^ https://www.kaiostech.com/meet-the-devices-that-are-powered-by-kaios/
  22. ^ "Alcatel GO FLIP™". alcatelonetouch.ca. June 16, 2017.
  23. ^ "The Cingular Flip 2 is AT&T's newest clamshell phone". phonearena.com.
  24. ^ "Alcatel MyFlip (A405DL)". tracfone.com.
  25. ^ "Reliance Jio LYF 4G VoLTE feature phone: To run KaiOS, will have an app store too". indianexpress.com. July 20, 2017.
  26. ^ "[Exclusive] Reliance Jio and Lyf's 4G VoLTE Feature Phone". techpp.com. July 13, 2017.
  27. ^ "Jio Phone Booking - Pre Book Jio Mobile Online for 500 Only - Jio". jio.com.
  28. ^ "JioPhone 2 at Rs 2,999: Whatsapp, Youtube, Facebook, all on new feature phone". The Economic Times. 6 July 2018.
  29. ^ "The Return of The Nokia 8110 - 'the Banana Phone' - KaiOS". kaiostech.com. 7 June 2018.
  30. ^ "The Nokia 8110 is back". mybroadband.co.za.
  31. ^ "Doro's 7050 Is the Next Great Simple Phone". uk.pcmag.com. 26 February 2018.
  32. ^ "CAT B35 rugged feature phone launched with KaiOS, Google apps and 4G - Gizmochina". Gizmochina. 2018-09-22. Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  33. ^ "Maxcom at MWCA 2018". 2018-09-25.
  34. ^ "Google WizPhone WP006 is a JioPhone competitor, but its launched in Indonesia". 2018-12-07.
  35. ^ "MTN launches R300 smartphone with WhatsApp". mybroadband.co.za. 2019-03-07. Retrieved 2019-03-07.
  36. ^ "MWC 2018: Kai Announces Partnerships with Mobile Industry Giants - KaiOS". Kaiostech.com. 26 February 2018.
  37. ^ "KaiOS 2.5 will run on feature phones with Qualcomm, Spreadtrum chipsets with just 256MB RAM". Fonearena.com.

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