Want to know if the Reliance Jio Phone will support WhatsApp? Latest reports suggest that it is unlikely that the Jio Phone will get the popular messaging app anytime soon. When Mukesh Ambani launched the Reliance Jio Phone, everyone was curious about the features the 4G mobile will get. However, the biggest confusion was over the support for WhatsApp which is one of the most used apps, not only in India but globally too. The availability of WhatsApp may prove to be a crucial aspect of the success or failure of Reliance Jio. This is mainly because the Facebook owned app is one of the biggest all over the world and Indians are its highest users. But now, according to a report in The Indian Express, the JioPhone may not support WhatsApp, at least initially.
Recent reports, including the one in Factor Daily, claimed that Reliance Jio Phone will have a special version of WhatsApp. The report had suggested that both Reliance and WhatsApp had been in preliminary talks with an aim to come up with some form of WhatsApp on the 4G mobile. However, the IE report said that WhatsApp software engineer Alan Kao, who interacted with the media at an event in New Delhi, had said that he was not aware of any such plans to expand to platforms other than the ones it is already available on. Reliance Jio, meanwhile, runs the KaiOS, which is a Firefox operating system which does not support WhatsApp.
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The interaction of Alan Kao and Indian media was targetted at discussions on end-to-end encryption and curbing the spread of fake news on the messenger. IE said that a question was raised around the encryption feature and the development going on if it launches a special version for a 4G feature phone. Interestingly Kao said that he is unaware of “plans to expand to other platforms”. He added that encryption was a priority even on Symbian OS in Nokia phones and BlackBerryOS too.
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Neither WhatsApp nor Reliance has commented on the availability of WhatsApp on the 4G phone. JioPhone does have the Jio Chat app, and it is understandable that Reliance wants to promote it instead of WhatsApp. However, the popularity of the app is such that it may be a game changing factor for any phone, especially in a country like India.
Whether WhatsApp comes with the Jio Phone is still speculative, there will surely be a lot of work required for the same. In order to build a popular mobile app for a new OS and that too a special version may need a lot of development. WhatsApp may do that only if Jio Phone is a success. So, it is expected that at least initially you may not see the app on your phones.