Reliance on Thursday announced the KaiOS-based Jio Phone will soon get support for WhatsApp and YouTube, and they’ll be available beginning August 15. If you’re thinking about whether the access to WhatsApp is exclusive only to the Jio Phone, Nokia-licensee HMD Global has now officially teased WhatsApp support for your’banana’ telephone – Nokia 8110 4G. The telephone, that was unveiled at MWC 2018 as the successor to the legendary Nokia 8110, runs Smart Feature OS (according to KaiOS) that provides access to apps such as Google Assistant, Google Search, and Google Maps and contains a revamped Snake game. It doesn’t have support for WhatsApp yet. But that might change soon.
HMD International Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas, submitted a tweet on Thursday mentioning the availability of WhatsApp on Jio Phone. His tweet reads as,”Oh look, WhatsApp on KaiOS! Looking forward to moving [banana]s!” This suggests that the exact same feature may be coming to the company’s 4G attribute phone soon. Among the biggest problems with feature phones is the favorite chat app WhatsApp is not available on them, forcing users to pay extra for a smartphone instead. Though the Jio Phone is very popular in India with over 25 million readers, HMD Global will immediately take on the giant if it presents competitive features like WhatsApp support. With support for more popular apps, the Jio Phone and Nokia 8810 4G can give competition to a number of low-end smartphones. Notably, it is unclear how the KaiOS version of WhatsApp will differ in messenger’s Android or iOS programs in terms of functionality.
The Nokia 8810 4G feature telephone is a take on the iconic original using the same name and keeps the iconic curved slider design. It provides 4G VoLTE connectivity, a concession to the modern era, and is meant to function as a 4G feature phone or a companion telephone.
It’s powered by a 1.1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 205 SoC, combined with 512MB of all LPDDR3 RAM. The handset has a 2-megapixel rear camera detector using an LED flash.
For keeping articles, the Nokia 8110 4G includes 4GB of storage that is onboard. Connectivity options on the phone comprise 4G VoLTE with hotspot performance, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, FM radio, plus a 3.5millimeter headphone jack. Besides, the phone packs a 1500mAh battery that is rated to provide around 9.32 hours of talk time on VoLTE and 25 days of standby time on LTE and steps 133.45×49.3×14.9mm.