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HMD Global’s Nokia 400 could be the first feature phone with Android

Android was originally designed to be used with keys but the introduction of the iPhone tipped the balance of the smartphone industry towards touchscreens. So, since its launch in 2008, Android devices has relied on touchscreens. With the growing demand to be online, smartphone companies have previously launched super-affordable Android Go edition smartphones and even...

Nokia feature phone powered by Android leaks on video

Since it was initially conceived, Android has always been a smartphone-oriented operating system. No way around that. And nowadays, you'll be able to find devices in virtually every price range running Android. But as more and more people have started connecting to the Internet, particularly in emerging markets, demand has grown for smarter "dumb" phones....

WhatsApp is now available on feature phones with KaiOS

The year of 2018 saw a massive 252% growth in the demand for smart features phones in India even as the Indian market's appetite for smartphones grew only ~10%. Research shows that the category of feature phones with 3G or 4G connectivity is expected to sustain a similar rate of growth and create opportunities worth...

Google may be working on a “touchless” Android OS for feature phones

Even though Android is the most popular mobile operating system in the world, running on smartphones, tablets, and many other kinds of devices, there is one market that it has never penetrated: feature phones. These kinds of devices are very popular in developing countries as they offer a minimal set of features capable of communication....

India to lead the growth of smart feature phone market over the next 3 years

Smartphones sales are taking a beating worldwide with at least a 4% decline in 2018. At the same time, the segment of feature phones with 3G or 4G connectivity has seen massive growth in global demand, which is driven by India. Now, a report by Counterpoint Research predicts that the category of smart feature phones...

Google Maps, YouTube, & Assistant coming to smart feature phones running KaiOS like Reliance’s JioPhone

KaiOS is a Linux-based mobile operating system that is forked from Boot 2 Gecko (B2G), an open-source community-driven successor of the now extinct Firefox OS (which was discontinued by Mozilla in 2016). It's made for smart feature phones. Smart feature phones are a new class of feature phones that have limited memory and processing power,...

The Reliance JioPhone Feature Phone is Getting the Google Assistant

The Reliance JioPhone, a feature phone with limited applications, is an effectively free phone which has launched in India, though with limited numbers due to the massive demand for one. The phone has a deposit of Rs 1,500 ($23), refundable after three years on returning the phone. You also have to purchase a plan to use...

Qualcomm 205 Mobile Platform Brings LTE Connectivity to Feature Phones

With the rapid proliferation of smartphones, it is easy to forget that feature phones exist. For many people in regions like India, South East Asia and Latin America, a feature phone is the only means of communication available. While the market for these phones does continue shrinking as smartphones become cheaper and income levels rise, they...