WhatsApp to come to Jio Phone ‘soon’ as YouTube marks its debut ahead of Jio Phone 2 sale

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New Delhi | Updated: Aug 15, 2018 1:28 PM

Jio Phone has begun receiving YouTube while WhatsApp will roll out for the users sometime later

WhatsApp coming to Jio Phone tomorrow

Jio Phone has now begun receiving YouTube while WhatsApp is expected to arrive “soon”. At Reliance Industries Limited’s 41st Annual General Meeting, Mukesh Ambani announced that the “three most popular” apps are coming to Jio Phone that now has over 25 million users in the country. WhatsApp, YouTube, and Facebook were set to make their debut on Jio Phone, however, as it turns out, only Google’s YouTube app has made its way to the phone while the two Facebook-owned apps are still to arrive on the phone’s platform. WhatsApp will come to Jio Phone soon, FinancialExpress.com has learnt. Meanwhile, the three apps – WhatsApp, YouTube, and Facebook – are expected to come preloaded on the Jio Phone 2 that will go for its first sale tomorrow, August 16.

In addition to this development, WhatsApp is also pegged to roll out in an incremental manner to all the Jio Phone users. This means that a chunk of users will get WhatsApp before others. Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani said at the 41st AGM that the “three most popular” apps will arrive on August 15 and that he urges his team to balloon the figure of 25 million Jio Phone users to 100 million. With the arrival of these apps, Jio Phone will get closer by leaps and bounds to tackle on the market share of smartphones in India. Jio Phone already has a base of over 25 million users, which is expected to spike to 100 million, post Jio Phone 2 release in the market.

Jio Phone and Jio Phone 2 run KaiOS, which has been developed by Mozilla’s team and suited for entry-level phones. KaiOS recently received an investment by Google, strongly indicating at the arrival of Google apps on the platform. This announcement began to bear fruits as Google Maps was announced as the second app for Jio Phone after Google Assistant made its way on the phone’s platform, not a long ago.

The Jio Phone users will be required to open the Jio app store and search for it. The same method applies to WhatsApp and Facebook. Of course, the KaiOS counterparts for these apps will be stripped down of some major features that you will typically find on the full-scale versions on Android and iOS. For example, you cannot download YouTube videos in the app to watch them later. However, YouTube supports voice commands, as demonstrated in the AGM, so you can ask the voice assistant to play a video of your choice.

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