Highly popular messaging service WhatsApp is finally rolling out for JioPhone and JioPhone 2 users. It is essentially an optimized version of the messaging app for KaiOS, the operating system that powers the JioPhones. This would be the first time WhatsApp is arriving on a non-touch mobile device.
In an official post, WhatsApp said that the WhatsApp service has been rolled out for JioPhone devices across India. According to the company, this new app for KaiOS will “give people a simple, reliable, and secure way to communicate with friends and family.”
With this new app, JioPhone users will be able to enjoy familiar features of WhatsApp which includes fast and reliable messaging, and send multimedia content such as photos and videos. Similar to its app on the other platforms that WhatsApp is available on, all messages will be end-to-end encrypted.
The post adds that users can easily record and send voice messages with a couple of taps. The process to get started with WhatsApp for JioPhone is the same as other platforms. You need to verify your phone number, and once WhatsApp is able to authenticate you as the user, you can message your friends and contacts one-on-one or in groups.
To install WhatsApp on your JioPhone, visit the JioPhone AppStore starting today. Since this is a phased rollout, all JioPhones will get to experience the app by September 20, 2018, according to WhatsApp.
“Millions of people across India can now use WhatsApp private messaging on the best-in-class JioPhone across India,” said Chris Daniels, Vice President, WhatsApp. He added, “By designing this new app for KaiOS, we hope to expand the ability for people to communicate with anyone in India and around the world by offering the best messaging experience possible to JioPhone users.”
Akash Ambani, Director, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, said, “During this movement of connecting the unconnected, many partners came forward to strengthen the cause. One such partner who has really stood by us from the beginning is Facebook and its ecosystem. The result of one such partnership is out for the world to see today. We will be providing WhatsApp, the most used chat application in the world, on all JioPhones starting today. Jio wants to thank the Facebook and WhatsApp team for making this happen.”