Monday came a rumoured report that Reliance Jio is killing the JioPhone and instead going to focus on a new phone that will run on Android, which will be cheap or even possibly “effectively free”. In contrast the JioPhone runs on a KaiOS (—based on Firefox OS), which does not support a lot of apps. Although it is lightweight, the problem with the current JioPhone is that it can’t run popular apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Youtube etc.
Jio Apps are preinstalled, including JioMusic, JioTV, JioCinema, JioMoney Wallet and more. JioStore is the app store which lists eight Jio services including the preinstalled ones. Popular apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube etc. aren’t available just yet but are expected to arrive soon —As reported earlier.
Recently, Airtel collaborated with Karbonn Mobiles and Celkon to roll-out smartphones bundled with calls and data offers, with cashback scheme. The smartphone’s effective price is Rs 1,349 and therefore, these phones acquire greater challenge to feature phones with limited apps support.
“Reliance Jio is committed to fulfilling the country’s digital vision and the company will soon announce the next JioPhone booking date,” said the company in an official statement to the Economic Times.
The JioPhone went on pre-registrations in August and based on company’s claim, almost 6 million peoples registered for the India’s first 4G-feature phone.
Currently, the pre-registration of the JioPhone is put on hold until the first batch of the devices are delivered to the customers who pre-registered for it.