Reliance Jio’s VoLTE feature phone – JioPhone which was launched back in July went on sale in India in August. The JioPhone is powered by KaiOS, and now the production of the JioPhone has been kept on hold, according to a new report. It is heard that the company is in talks to bring out an Android-based phone.
Jio Feature Phone:
The current JioPhone runs on KaiOS which is a version of the Firefox OS and with Jio claiming to have taken orders for over 6 million units in the first sale in India so far seems to have been rethinking on a new strategy for the Jio feature phone.
Problems with Jio Feature Phone: There are certain limitations, and very few apps that are compatible with KiaOS and Jio is in talks with Facebook and Google for bringing out WhatsApp, Facebook, Google, YouTube apps for the JioPhone current version. However, there is no comment from either Google nor Facebook in this regards.
Other ISP are racing to launch cheap smartphones: Airtel this month partnered with Karbonn and Celkon to launch two 4G VoLTE powered handsets, and in the same manner, Vodafone too has teamed up with Micromax to launch Bharat 2 phone last week.
Reliance Jio Android OS Smartphone:
The report says that three sources one of which is a person close to Jio, an executive at a rival operator, and a company insider have confirmed that Jio phone with Android OS might be seeing the light in the day soon.
Expected Price Tag on Android Jio Phone:
Pricing details of the Android-powered JioPhone is unknown, and it is not clear yet if the same tariffs will apply for the new phone as well.