JioPhone may run special version of WhatsApp: Report

JioPhone may run special version of WhatsApp: Report
NEW DELHI: Soon after the unveiling of JioPhone by the Reliance Industries‘ chairman Mukesh Amabani late last month, there have been reports about the phone not supporting the populat instant messaging app WhatsApp.
Though the company did not make an statement on this, a new report has claimed that Reliance Jio and WhatsApp are in early talks to create a version of the messaging service that will work on JioPhones.

According to the report in Factor Daily, Reliance Jio the two companies are planning to introduce a toned-down version of the app on the phone. A source close to Jio is said to have told Factor Daily that the talks are still on and there are some technical challenges. However, the company will come up with a new version of the app for JioPhone.

The feature phone, however, will come pre-loaded with a range of Jio apps including JioChat. Other Jio apps include JioTV, JioCinema *****. The phone is also said to include Facebook and YouTube apps. The default apps will also include PM Narendra Modi’s Namo app, as Mukesh Ambani’s son Akash showcased ‘Mann ki Baat’ while showcasing the phone on stage during the device’s unveiling.

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Reliance Jio Phone also supports voice commands. It includes support for 22 Indian languages. Furthermore, the company has also promised to add NFC payment support to JioPhones later this year. JioPhone is said to run on KAI OS, which is a forked OS version of the Firefox OS. For now, it doesn’t offer support for WhatsApp.

The pre-bookings for JioPhone will start on August 24 this month. The phone will go on beta trial starting August 15. The phone will be “effectively” available at Rs 0. However, the company will take 100% refundable security deposit of Rs 1500, which will be refunded after 3 years.

Source by gadgetsnow…