Last month, at Reliance Industries Limited s 41st Annual General Meeting (AGM), the company launched the JioPhone 2, the successor to the original JioPhone. At the launch, it was announced that both JioPhone and JioPhone 2 would soon support popular apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp Messenger, and YouTube. Also Read - WhatsApp is soon to change the way your data is backed up: What it means?Also Read - WhatsApp introduces 'Papa Mere Papa' stickers to celebrate Father's Day: How to download, send?
Now that JioPhone 2 is available for purchase, it seems customers will have to wait a little to use WhatsApp on the smart featurephone. Also Read - iPhone users now get Picture-in-Picture mode for YouTube videos worldwide
WhatsApp (and YouTube) were supposed to launch for JioPhone and JioPhone 2 this week, but that hasn t happened.
According to The Quint, the company has confirmed that YouTube has already been made available on the JioStore, and users will be able to download the app after a system update is gradually rolled out in the coming days.
As for WhatsApp, there s no fixed time-frame as to when the app will be available for JioPhone and JioPhone 2. It seems users will just have to wait and keep their eyes peeled.
Watch: JioPhone First Look
Having a price tag of Rs 2,999, the JioPhone 2 is a solid upgrade over its predecessor. The phone features a full QWERTY keypad, along with a 2.4-inch QVGA display. In terms of hardware, the new JioPhone 2 is mostly the same as the original JioPhone. It comes with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, and there s also a memory expansion slot that can accept microSD cards of up to 128GB. For imaging, JioPhone 2 has a 2MP rear camera and a 0.3MP front-facing snapper. The whole package is backed by a 2,000mAh battery.
Connectivity features on the JioPhone 2 include dual-SIM functionality, VoLTE, VoWi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.