These are All the Phones Running KaiOS

 

These are All the Phones Running KaiOS: KaiOS is a Linux-based mobile operating system that “merges the power of a smartphone with the affordability of a feature phone”. It is forked from B2G (Boot to Gecko), an open source community-driven successor of Firefox OS which was discontinued by Mozilla in 2016.

This new operating system is incredibly successful in India because of the Jio Phone and Jiophone 2, a recent successor to the former. The success comes because Reliance Jio, the network provider which sells the Jiophones offer special low-cost 4G data packages for the phones. KaiOS is the second most used mobile operating system in the world after iOS. KaiOS is a feature phone OS, made for basic tasks and focused on people who are shifting from Featurephones to Smartphones.

It’s is an efficient and lightweight OS, so it does not need a Snapdragon 845 with 8Gb of RAM and 5000MaH battery. Its made to run on weak and affordable hardware. This is the biggest advantage of KaiOS over Android.  The operating system is comparatively lightweight on hardware resource usage and is able to run on devices with just 256 MB of memory. 

The KaiOS interface may be all HTML5, but it looks just like other old-school feature phones: a grid of big icons with commands attached to Left and Right buttons below the screen. The colors are bold, the fonts are attractive, and the icons are clear

KaiOS primarily support 4G LTE, GPS, and Wi-Fi with HTML5-based apps and longer battery life. Optimized for non-touch devices with an optimized user interface, less memory, and energy consumption. It also features over-the-air updates. A dedicated app marketplace called KaiStore which enables users to download applications. Some services are preloaded as HTML5 applications.  WhatsApp recently launched a client for KaiOS which will give it an extra boost.

these are all the phones running KaiOS

  • Alcatel Go Flip 2
  • Cat B35
  • Doro 7050 and 7060
  • JioPhone (Reliance Jio)
  • JioPhone 2 (Reliance Jio)
  • MaxCom 241 and 281
  • Nokia 8110 (HMD Global)

These are All the Phones Running KaiOS: Alcatel Go Flip 2

Alcatel Go Flip 2

The Alcatel Go Flip is the first phone to show of the shiny new KaiOS mobile operating system meant to bridge the gap between feature phones and full-fledged smartphones. it brings messaging apps common among younger people (like Whatsapp) to the flip-phone.

The Go Flip is available on Sprint and T-Mobile. For both carriers, it’s part of a push to shift customers from 2G, which most voice phones still use, to 4G LTE, so the carriers can retire the old 2G networks in the future.

Design and Call Quality

The Go Flip is a slightly squashed-looking flip phone in shiny black plastic, with a 1.44-inch color display on the front. Flip it open, and there’s a slightly raised number pad keyboard and a dim, 320-by-240, 2.8-inch LCD. The keys are big, nicely separated. On the side, you’ll find volume rockers, a dedicated camera button, and a headphone jack.

On featured phones, the most used function is making calls and its imperative that a featured phone should have call quality which the Alcatel Go Flip doe have. The call quality is good. The earpiece is powerfully loud if not a little harsh. Voices transmitted through the mouthpiece sound super-smooth, with good noise cancellation.

But when we attached a Bluetooth headset, the Go Flip’s old Bluetooth 3.0 connection struggled. Calls in the headset sounded thready, and voice becomes highly compressed.

The loudspeaker isn’t as great. The speaker itself is bottom-ported, so it faces away from you, and it isn’t very loud and can sound muddy.

The Go Flip runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor, support 4G LTE, Wi-Fi calling, on 2.4GHz networks only, and both have GSM/UMTS for international roaming. There’s a Wi-Fi hotspot mode, as well as USB modem tethering with a battery life of 7 hours, 32 minutes of talk time.

The power of KaiOS is shown in the calendar and contact syncing systems. You can import contacts from Gmail and Outlook, and they import properly, with multiple phone numbers, pictures, and everything. The calendar will also sync with Gmail and G Suite, and show events.

Flip Go Features

The Go Flip comes with 1GB of free storage, and you can also tick a microSD card up to 32GB in there. The phone’s onboard music player will play MP3, AAC, OGG, and M4A files, but not FLAC; it also supports M3U playlists. You can play music with the flip closed using wired or Bluetooth headphones, but oddly, it won’t show you the song name on the exterior screen. The FM radio is a little bit of an afterthought. You can favorite stations, but it doesn’t have auto-scanning or RDS station and song names.

The Go Flip’s camera is simply bad. There’s a 2-megapixel main camera, which records 320-by-258 video. Images look yellow or bluish, blurry. The video mode only gets up to a jerky 20 frames per second in good indoor light but not much was expected from there.

Flip Go Device specifications

Partner: Alcatel
Regions: North-America
Launched: Q2 2017
KaiStore: No
Type: Flip phone
Screen size (inches) 2.80
Resolution: 240*320 pixels
Processor: 1.1GHz dual-core
RAM: 512MB
Internal storage: 4GB
Expandable storage type and size (GB): microSD, 32
Camera: Rear 2 megapixel
Battery capacity (mAh): 1350
Talk time: 8 hours
Standby time: 280 hours

These are All the Phones Running KaiOS: Cat® B35

Cat® B35

Cat phone introduces the Cat® B35, KaiOS’s first rugged feature phone. With a long lasting battery, this 4G feature phone is drop proof, dustproof, and waterproof – built to withstand tough environments.  It comes with convenient access to the Google Assistance via the “OK” key, as well as access to the essential apps you need.

The CAT B35 is a rugged feature phone that offers features that cannot be usually found on a regular feature phone. It comes with IP68 water and dust resistance and it can be used underwater for up to a depth of 1.2 meters for 35 minutes. It also comes with a rugged enclosure, which CAT claims to be shockproof. The company claims that CAT B35, like its predecessor, will be capable of surviving a 1.8-meter drop even on concrete surfac
e.

The CAT B35 also comes with MIL-810G compliance, which means it has been tested to handle extreme weather conditions including cold, heat, salt, mist, humidity and vibration. In terms of specifications, the CAT B35 sports a 2.4-inch QVGA display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 205 chipset. It comes with 512MB of RAM and packs 4GB of internal storage, along with support for expandable storage via microSD card slot.

The rugged feature phone also packs a large 2,300mAh battery and runs KaiOS 2.5, the new feature phone operating system also found on Nokia 8110 4G and Reliance JioPhone. It comes pre-installed with Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google Search and YouTube apps. The feature phone operating system also gained support for WhatsApp recently.

Apart from these specifications, the CAT B35 also supports 4G LTE and will last for several days on single charge. The company is yet to reveal pricing of the model but has confirmed that the device will be available for purchase early next month.

Device specifications

Partner: Cat phones
Regions: Europe
Launched: Sep 2018
KaiStore: Yes
Type: Rugged candybar
Screen size (inches): 2.4″
Resolution: QVGA Colour Display
Processor: 1.3GHz dual-core
RAM: 512MB
Internal storage: 4GB
Expandable storage type: microSD™ card
Camera: Rear 2 megapixel
Battery capacity (mAh): 2300
Talk time: 12 hours
Standby time: 30 days

Available in (countries): Europe

These are All the Phones Running KaiOS: Doro 7060 (Europe version) / Doro 7050 (US version)

Doro 7060

Doro unveiled a pair of new handsets at MWC 2018, the Doro 7060 and Doro 8035. Here’s what you really need to know about Doro’s latest efforts, which are likely to be among the best elderly phones of the year.

The Doro 7060 is the company’s new ‘smart’ feature phone, which is intended as a “stepping stone towards a smartphone,”

Its clamshell design will be familiar to many people of a certain age but what distinguishes it from previous generations of Doro feature phones is that it comes with 4G connectivity and social media app availability.

It feels good to hold thanks to a nicely textured backplate, which should mean it’s easy to hold on to, and there’s a neat new ‘Boost’ feature that amplifies the volume of your calls by 6-7 decibels in just two taps. It has an “all day” battery life.

Device specifications

Partner: Doro
Regions: Europe (7060)
North-America (7050)
Launched: July 2018 (7060)
Coming soon (7050)
KaiStore: Yes in Europe
not in USA
Type: Candybar
Screen size (inches) 2.80
Resolution: 240*320 pixels
Processor: 1.1GHz dual-core
RAM: 512MB
Internal storage: 4GB
Expandable storage type and size (GB): microSD, 128
Camera: Rear 3 megapixel
Battery capacity (mAh): 1350

Available in (countries): Northern Europe

These are All the Phones Running KaiOS: JioPhone

JioPhone

Build and Design

The JioPhone is a simple feature phone that’ll slip into your pocket and have you forget that it’s there. It takes you back to the days when you didn’t have to worry about broken screens and unsightly scratches on your phone.

On the top section of the JioPhone’s back panel is the camera, with the speaker grille next to it. The & logo lies below this, while there’s a headphone jack on the bottom of the phone.

Display

You get a 2.4 inch 240p TFT display on the device. While the spec isn’t surprising for a feature phone, I find the viewing angles a tad too bad.

Ease of use

The JioPhone is a “smart” feature phone, so it’s slightly different from what we know. You’ll see Jio’s apps on the menu and some functions work differently. The JioPhone runs on a KaiOS, which is a screen-based system, just like smartphones. As you go deeper within an app, you will be entering new screens. And the only way to return to the home screen is by pressing the call disconnect button, that acts as the back button. in the long run, that just makes for too many button presses.

That said, there are some nice Ul elements. ln fact, KaiOS seems to be a more evolved interface as compared to Firefox 08 (which it is based on). The JioPhone lets you mark favorite apps, gives you access contact suggestions when typing a number to call and more. There’s even a Quick Settings. The phone also gives you quick alerts notifications on the top of the screen when needed. Pressing the right button when on the home screen launches the camera, while the left button to launches Messages. Pressing down brings up Music.

Apps and Games

You can use JioCinema to watch movies, while Jio Music streams audio. There’s also Jio Games that can be used to download some basic games on the device. All of these apps have been tuned to work on a feature phone’s setting. In fact, the JioCinema app even rotates the screen when watching movies. Similarly, Jio Music has separate screens to show what’s playing, browse and more.

The JioPhone also supports NFC based payments. Jio will be sending OTA updates to this phone for new KaiOS versions, app updates and more.

There’s a JioStore app on the device, which currently allows access to other Jio apps,

Because of all these apps, the JioPhone can do many things that its brethren can’t. For instance, you can use the JioVideoCall to make voice calls, JioTV for live television, JioXpressNews for news content and more. There’s also a chat client in the form of the JioShare app.

Camera

There’s a 2 megapixel camera on the back of this phone. The camera is handy if you just need to click quick photos for remembering particular moments or objects. But that’s about all you can get from this camera.

Battery

With 4G, Bluetooth, GPS, and WiFi, you can’t expect actual feature phone level battery life from the JioPhone. That said, it will still last you longer than any smartphone on each charge. It lasts almost about 48 hours per charge with real-world use, which is as high as anyone would need, but lower than what regular fe
ature phones do.

Device specifications

Partner: Reliance Jio
Regions: Asia (India-only)
Launched: September 2017
KaiStore: Yes (called JioStore;
content managed by Jio)
Type: Candybar
Screen size (inches) 2.40
Resolution: 240*320 pixels
Processor: 1.2GHz dual-core
RAM: 512MB
Internal storage: 4GB
Expandable storage type and size (GB): microSD, 128
Camera: Rear 2 megapixel,
Front 0.3 megapixel
Battery capacity (mAh): 2000
Talk time: 12 hours
Standby time: 360 hours

Available in (countries): India

These are All the Phones Running KaiOS: Jiophone 2

jioPhone 2: KaiOS

Design and build

Jio Phone 2, when compared to the Jio Phone, has received massive upgrades in terms of design and definitely, it feels a notch above than the current feature phones.

One of the biggest highlights of the Jio Phone 2 is it brings the Blackberry Curve-feel to the feature phone segment. The upper half of the front features a 2.4-inch (240×320 pixels) QVGA display while the lower half features the QWERTY keypad with the 4-way navigation key placed at the center.

Inside that circular navigation key, there sits the Google Assistant launcher which can be accessed by a single tap. On the rear panel, which is a removable plastic cover protecting the battery, there is the rear camera at the center with speakers at the left and an LED flash on the right.

Despite the QWERTY keypad, the phone fits into one’s hands and while a QWERTY keypad is supposed to be worked with both of your hands, every single key of the Jio Phone 2 is accessible with a single hand, which is something very user-friendly.

Display

The Jio Phone 2 features a 2.4-inch (240×320 pixels) QVGA display which seems to offer better viewing angles than the Jio Phone. The QVGA display panel is sufficiently bright for outdoor usage and due to its dimensions, browsing through Facebook and Google also seem practical.

Battery

The Jio Phone 2 packs a 2000mAh removable battery.

If you keep your mobile data connected throughout the day and make all your primary calls through the Jio Phone 2 along with some video streaming, you can get a day’s worth of battery life.

Feel and usability

It is mostly a feature phone with some added features which make it comparable to an entry-level smartphone. It lets you browse, watch videos, make 4G calls, video calls and access apps such as Facebook, YouTube and Google Maps and WhatsApp.

Surprisingly, the Google Assistant functionality will come as a surprise to many since it takes inputs perfectly but is a little slow, which is obvious. You also have access to the Jio suite of apps which includes JioTV, Jio Pay, JioChat, MyJio App, Jio Store and more. There is the Jio Cinema app for streaming movies, Jio Music for audio streaming and for a curated news feed, there is also the Jio Xpress News app.

Device specifications

Partner: Reliance Jio
Regions: Asia (India-only)
Launched: August 2018
KaiStore: Yes (called JioStore;
content managed by Jio)
Type: Qwerty
Screen size (inches) 2.40
Resolution: 240*320 pixels
Processor: 1.1GHz dual-core
RAM: 512MB
Internal storage: 4GB
Expandable storage type and size (GB): microSD, 128
Camera: Rear 2 megapixel
Front 0.3 megapixel
Battery capacity (mAh): 2000

Available in (countries): India

These are All the Phones Running KaiOS: Nokia 8110 4G AKA “Banana Phone”

Nokia 8110 4G AKA “Banana Phone”

Design and build

The 2018 version of the Nokia 8110 isn’t an exact replica of the traditional handset, but it certainly feels close enough to invoke a good old bit of nostalgia. The buttons are similar in shape and the contrasting border around the display is still there. But obviously, it’s a lot more sleek, less clunky and definitely feels like a modern interpretation.

There’s still a sliding cover protecting the keypad for when being carried in your pocket and the action of opening this cover answers incoming calls, extending downwards and thus bringing the microphone closer to the mouth.

Display

As you’d expect from a device that boasts a non-touch sensitive 2.4in QVGA screen at 160×120 pixels. But that’s not what this device is about. It’s brightly lit and just as pixelated as any early-2000 phone, but it does the job: it’s easy to read and navigate.

Performance and software

On the inside, Nokia’s banana phone is powered by Qualcomm’s 205 SoC, comprising of a dual-core 1.1 GHz CPU alongside just 512MB of LPDDR3 RAM. For storage, there’s 4GB of eMMC internal memory.

For the operating system, the 8110 runs KaiOS, a simpler operating system that demands less power with fewer apps available than what you’d find in the Android Play store, for instance.

Camera

Compared with the phone cameras of today, well, you just simply can’t compare. Think back to the first smartphone camera you ever used – that’s how the 8110’s 2MP camera performs.

Battery life

As with the 3310, there’s also the same amazing battery life, with the 8110 boasting up to 25 days standby time. This thing can be charged and left lying around on standby for weeks before it needs plugging in again, and you can talk for an entire day without needing to reach for the micro-USB cable.

Connectivity

The 8110 touts a 3.5mm headphone jack for all your MP3 playing needs, something even the latest iPhone doesn’t have. There’s also an FM radio app, if this is more your thing. It charges via micro-USB, boasting WiFi, Bluetooth, and 4G connectivity.

Device specifications

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Partner: HMD Global (Nokia)
Regions: Global
Launched: June 2018
KaiStore: Yes (called App Store)
Type:
Screen size (inches) 2.45
Resolution: 240*320 pixels
Processor: 1.1GHz dual-core
RAM: 512MB
Internal storage: 4GB
Expandable storage type and size (GB): microSD, 32
Camera: Rear 2 megapixel
Battery capacity (mAh): 1500
Talk time: 7 hours
Standby time: 425 hours

Available in (countries): over 45 countries in APAC, Europe, Africa, and Middle East regions

These are All the Phones Running KaiOS: MaxCom 241 and 281 (upcoming)

MaxCom provides classic phones for the home and office. For their latest classics series, they chose KaiOS to revamp their devices. They support 4G and Wi-fi, as well as the KaiStore and all the apps that come with it. The MK241 will be a midrange model, while the MK281 will come with a better camera and bigger screen.

Device specifications

Partner: Maxcom
Regions: To be announced
Launched: Q4 2018 (241)
Q1 2019 (281)
KaiStore: Yes
Type: Candybar

Detailed specs and info to be updated when launched

These are All the Phones Running KaiOS: Everything you need to know about the KaiOS Store

Conceptually, the KaiStore is no different from a store for apps on other devices. You can browse app categories, like social media and games. You can read a preview, find info on the developer, and download the apps you like. Many are free, some are paid, others offer in-app purchases. KaiOS also supports push notifications, just like a regular smartphone. KaiOS has partnered with many of the world’s most popular apps, like Facebook, Twitter, and several from Google (Google Maps, Google Search, and the Google Assistant) to bring these apps to th3 KaiOS store.

The entire KaiOS platform is based on HTML5 and supports JavaScript. This means it’s relatively easy to create apps (and other content) for KaiOS, especially when an HTML5 website is already available.

These are All the Phones Running KaiOS