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11 Aug 2018

All the apps you can now use on JioPhone

List of apps you can use on JioPhone

The JioPhone, is a smart feature phone, that doesn't have a touchscreen but comes with 4G connectivity.

It is powered by KaiOS software so it can only run limited apps which are compatible with the platform.

With Google now funding KaiOS, it will natively incorporate Search, Maps, and YouTube into its software.

Here's a list of the apps you can now use on your JioPhone and JioPhone 2.

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List of apps you can use on JioPhone

What is KaiOS?

KaiOS is Linux-based, light on resources operating system, which is designed to work on feature phones without a touch-screen. Although the OS was known in phone circles for some years now, the JioPhone made it truly mainstream in India.

The only feature phone with a digital Assistant

Google Assistant

The only feature phone with a digital Assistant

Google has developed a special version of the Google Assistant for the JioPhone that is compatible with KaiOS.

The voice-enabled digital assistant can make calls, read texts, open apps, search the web, play songs, and read recipes, among other things.

However, Google Assistant on JioPhone does not support its "Actions" functionality that allows the assistant to partner with third-party apps and services like BookMyShow.

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Soon, all Google apps will be on KaiOS

Google has recently led a $22-million funding round in KaiOS.

As part of the deal, KaiOS will incorporate Search, Maps, and even YouTube into its software, thus making Google's services accessible to the users of the low-end JioPhone.

Further, the JioPhone has also been earlier spotted running the YouTube app. However, there is no official confirmation regarding that yet.

Facebook gets native KaiOS support

Facebook

Facebook gets native KaiOS support

Facebook has also rolled out a new version of its mobile app which has been developed especially for the KaiOS platform.

With native app support, JioPhone users can now access all popular features including videos, links to external content, News Feed, and photos.

The new Facebook app supports push notification functionality and is also optimized to accommodate the JioPhone's cursor function.

Expect WhatsApp to come on JioPhone soon

Earlier, WhatsApp was spotted on JioPhone as the chat app seemed to have beta-rolled out a native KaiOS version. However, WhatsApp will be officially made available on JioPhone on August 15. Once that happens, users' JioPhone experience will instantly become more friendly.

Jio Apps

JioPhone's official JioStore comes with a variety of apps

The JioPhone comes preloaded with the Jio suite of apps that include JioMusic, JioCinema, HelloJio, JioGames, JioTv, JioShare, JioVideocall, and JioXpress (for news).

The official store on the JioPhone is JioStore. There is also a browser app on the JioPhone.

Reliance Jio has also rolled out its own MyJio app on the platform for easy recharging from Jio's telecom network.

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What is the cost of JioPhone 2?

Asked on 11-08-2018 by Neeta Upadhye

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JioPhone 2 will be available from Independence Day at the introductory price of Rs.2,999.

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