WhatsApp has finally put smile on JioPhone users after it brought its popular messaging app to the smart feature phones. The millions of JioPhone users, as well as those with the recently introduced JioPhone 2, had been anxiously waiting for the arrival of WhatsApp on their devices. Of course for them to communicate with their friends – perhaps not for the spread of fake news and hoaxes.
WhatsApp has developed a new version of its app for Jio Phone. It comes with the standard WhatsApp features, including end-to-end encryption for messaging with text, images and videos. Though, it is a slimmed down and simpler version of WhatsApp, so we don’t expect to see a ton of features or a particularly enticing UI but enough to offer a spontaneous experience.
Just few weeks ago, Jio Phone users (as well as users of other KaiOS phones) got a software update that added YouTube and Jio Store apps and others to their devices.
The arrival of Jio Phone Whatsapp is a definitely big deal for the KaiOS ecosystem, which now has an active base of over 40 million phones. This is about 27% of India’s mobile phone market and 47% of the country’s feature phone market.
Jio Phones are feature phones that run a smarter operating system called KaiOS and also offer 4G LTE internet connectivity. They are fast becoming an effective gap between traditional dumb phones and smartphones, especially because they are extremely affordable.
Jio Apps Currently Available
At the moment, apps available for Jio Phones include: Google Assistant, Google Maps, YouTube, Twitter,
Where and How To Download Jio Phone WhatsApp
According to WhatsApp’s blog post, the new app is available for just the JioPhone and the JioPhone 2 for now. It will certainly be available for other KaiOS phones soon.
If you own a JioPhone or JioPhone 2, visit Jio Store on your phone to download the Jio Phone WhatsApp app.