KaiOS Technologies, developer of an operating system for ‘smart’ feature phones, announced a USD 22 million Series A investment from Google to help develop its software for low-end mobile phones.
KaiOS works with manufacturers such as TCL (Alcatel, BlackBerry), HMD Global (Nokia) and Micromax and has partnerships with carriers such as Reliance Jio, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile. These partners produce affordable devices that include essential functionalities like apps, GPS, LTE and Wi-Fi. The Kai team operates out of offices around the world, including San Diego, Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, Paris and Bangalore.
KaiOS said it’s aim is to help reduce the digital divide by making internet-enabled phones available to more people. Its other recent designs include the Nokia 8110 ‘banana phone’, first unveiled at Mobile World Congress this year. – Telecompaper