Good news for all the Jio Phone users out there. WhatsApp, the cross-platform messaging app is now available for the Jio phones. In fact, for proper functioning and smooth access of the app, WhatsApp has fixed a new version of its messaging app for the Jio phones to run on KaiOS operating system. Also, with this latest version, JioPhone users would be able to send end-to-end encrypted messages easily. WhatsApp is also right now available for download in the JioPhone app store from September 10. Also, this app would be rolled out to all JioPhone users by September 20.
To this, Chris Daniels, Vice President, WhatsApp, added that, “Millions of people across India can now use WhatsApp private messaging on the best-in-class JioPhone across India. By designing this new app for KaiOS, we hope to expand the ability for people to communicate with anyone in India and around the world by offering the best messaging experience possible to JioPhone users”.
To recall, Reliance Jio introduced its second-generation feature phone, the JioPhone 2 in August this year. This 4G-enabled feature phone was launched for a price of ₹2,999. Talking of specs and features, the JioPhone 2 features a 2.4-inch QVGA (320 x 240 pixels resolution) QWERTY keyboard display. The handset packs 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, which is further expandable up to 128GB by means of SD card slot. The dual-SIM JioPhone 2 supports VoLTE, VoWiFi and carries a 2,000mAh battery.
Notably, social media apps, such as Facebook and YouTube would be rolled out as well on both Jio Phone and Jio Phone 2. Reliance Jio at the JioPhone 2 launch event in fact added that these apps would be available in the Jio Store for download. The company in August mentioned that YouTube and WhatsApp would be rolled out in batches to the devices as an OTA update. In addition, Jio Phone would get support for Google services like Google Maps, Search as well. KaiOS announced that the company along with Google would bring Google Assistant, Google Maps, YouTube, and Google Search devices running on KaiOS operating system.
Mukesh Ambani, Director, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited finally concluded that, “During this movement of connecting the unconnected, many partners came forward to strengthen the cause. One such partner who has really stood by us from the beginning is Facebook and its ecosystem. The result of one such partnership is out for the world to see today. We will be providing WhatsApp, the most used chat application in the world, on all JioPhones starting today. Jio wants to thank the Facebook and WhatsApp team for making this happen”.