Reliance Jio has done it, at last. The JioPhone which was blamed for the lack of app support finally started receiving some love from the developers as popular social media application, Facebook will be available on the JioPhone starting tomorrow. Touted as India Ka Smartphone, the JioPhone is the affordable 4G VoLTE feature phone available in India right now. The new version of the Facebook app is built specially for KaiOS, which is a web-based operating system designed for JioPhone. The Facebook app can be downloaded from the JioAppStore on the JioPhone by all existing and new JioPhone users.
Jio promises ‘best experience of Facebook’ on the Facebook App for JioPhone. “This will open up Facebook for potential 50 Crore feature phone users in India,” said Reliance Jio in a press statement.
“JioPhone is the world’s most affordable smartphone built with transformational technology especially for Indians to migrate from a feature phone to a smartphone. As promised, JioPhone will be home to the world’s leading applications, starting with Facebook. Jio, the world’s largest mobile data network, is built to empower every Indian with the power of data and JioPhone is an integral part of this Jio movement,” said Mr Akash Ambani, Director, Jio.
Speaking of the Facebook app for JioPhone, it is said to offer a comprehensive Facebook experience, allowing people to connect with others. The first version of application also supports push notifications, video, and links to external content. “The app is also optimised to successfully accommodate the cursor function on JioPhone and delivers best-in-class performance for Facebook’s most popular features, such as News Feed and Photos,” said Reliance Jio.
Recently, there were some reports saying that Reliance Jio will be stopping the production of the JioPhone feature phone due to the lack of application development. But Facebook’ support will boost the company and if Jio manages to bring WhatsApp support, it will be a massive gamechanger in the Indian feature phone market.