Reliance JioPhone spotted with Facebook, YouTube, USB tethering

Reliance has just begun delivering the JioPhones to customers who had pre-ordered.

  • Published: September 28, 2017 2:11 PM IST

Reliance Jio with its JioPhone has created all the buzz for feature phones in India. The JioPhone is the first feature phone with 4G VoLTE support, and comes bundled with ‘smart’ features. In addition to the multiple features already available on the JioPhone, it was still rumored to support apps like Facebook, YouTube, and USB tethering as well. A JioPhone with these apps has now been spotted.

91mobiles has shared images and videos of an alleged second-generation JioPhone running Facebook and YouTube apps. This new unit of the JioPhone runs a new version of KaiOS. While the apps are installed on the device, the video doesn’t show either Facebook or YouTube running. Although this seems doubtful, it could have happened that some units of the JioPhone were shipped with an upgraded KaiOS, but not a full functioning one as yet. JioPhone deliveries began last Sunday across India. Also, Jio is expected to release a KaiOS update which will bring these apps on the device.

This unit of the JioPhone comes with USB tethering option which allows one to connect laptops to the internet. You can also uninstall apps on this JioPhone unit. WhatsApp and Wi-Fi hotspot both are also expected to be available on the JioPhone, but there isn’t any confirmation on this as yet. It isn’t known when Jio would be releasing the software update for the JioPhone. It hasn’t been even a week since the deliveries began. Jio says that it will deliver 6 million devices within 15 days, with urban areas first in line to receive it. RELATED: Reliance JioPhone deliveries begin; here’s how to track your order

Priced at a refundable amount of Rs 1,500, the JioPhone features a 2.4-inch display, a 2-megapixel rear camera, and a front-facing VGA camera. It comes with 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage. The internal storage can further be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card. It is backed by a 2,000mAh battery. ALSO READ: Reliance JioPhone hands-on and first impressions: A ‘smart’ feature phone

Connectivity options on the JioPhone include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM Radio, GPS, micro-USB port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. It also comes with support for NFC for digital payments. More features on the JioPhone include support for 22 regional languages, pre-loaded Jio apps, a built-in voice assistant, and an LED torch. In addition to special recharge packs for JioPhone users, Reliance Jio has made voice calls are free for a lifetime. ALSO READ: Reliance JioPhone: How to connect the phone to any TV to stream content

  • Published Date: September 28, 2017 2:11 PM IST