Last month, at its 41st Annual General Meeting, Reliance ad the successor of the JioPhone (first impressions) – JioPhone 2. At the same event, the brand also announced that these two smartphones would receive WhatsApp, Facebook and YouTube applications optimized for KaiOS. Shortly after, the operator has developed a major software update for the JioPhone, which brings support Google Maps. The second wave of official applications for the first-generation calling phone has now begun.
The brand had announced that applications would be available for these phones as of August 15. The official YouTube app of the first generation of JioPhone has already been made available today. To install the application, users will have to go to the KaiOS store on their feature phone and search for YouTube. Once installed, they will need to sign in with their Google Account and start using it. According to a recent report, WhatsApp and Facebook will soon be available on the KaiOS store. Notably, the first-generation feature phone, while offering attractive data packets, lacked support for social media applications. This is one of the reasons why JioPhone has not taken off widely in the country.
#YouTube App is now available for Reliance Jio's 4G Feature Phone – #JioPhone users, now you can download it from Jio App Store. #WhatsApp for JioPhone to be available shortly. pic.twitter.com/TihWkvfa3u
— SANJAY BAFNA (@sanjaybafna) August 14, 2018
Coming on the JioPhone 2, it will be available in India from August 15th. The new phone will feature a new design with a full QWERTY keyboard. The phone is likely to come with preinstalled applications and the QWERTY keyboard will make it convenient for sending SMS. The JioPhone 2 comes with a 2.4-inch QVGA display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. The handset runs KaiOS and offers 512 MB of RAM with 4 GB of native storage, expandable up to 128 GB. The camera department includes a 2MP rear snapper and a VGA front shooter. The dual-SIM connectivity features include VoLTE 4G support, VoWi-Fi, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC and FM radio. It is powered by a 2000 mAh battery.
The JioPhone 2 will go on sale in India today and will cost Rs. 2999. It will be available at major outlets as well as at Reliance stores across the country.