After long wait and anticipations, WhatsApp for Jio Phone has officially arrived. The app, which was initially planned to debut on KaiOS-based Jio Phone on August 15, is now rolling out through the JioStore. WhatsApp on late Monday confirmed the latest release and said that the app will be rolled out for all Jio Phone users by September 20.
Users can download the specially-designed WhatsApp version on their Jio Phone and Jio Phone 2 handsets by visiting the JioStore. Notably, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) announced the imminent arrival of WhatsApp alongside a YouTube version at its 41st Annual General Meeting (AGM) back in July.
WhatsApp has built a new version of its messaging app for Jio Phone to run on KaiOS operating system. With the new version of WhatsApp, Jio Phone users will be able to send end-to-end encrypted messages easily similar to iPhone and Android app.
Notably, social media apps, Facebook and YouTube will be rolled out as well on both JioPhone and JioPhone 2. Reliance Jio at the JioPhone 2 launch event said that these apps will be available in the JioStore for download. The company in August mentioned that YouTube and WhatsApp will be rolled out in batches to the devices as an OTA update.
In addition, JioPhone will get support for Google services like Google Maps, Search as well. KaiOS announced that company along with Google will bring Google Assistant, Google Maps, YouTube, and Google Search devices running KaiOS operating system.
Reliance Jio introduced its second-generation feature phone, the JioPhone 2 in August this year. The 4G-enabled feature phone was launched for a price of Rs 2,999. JioPhone 2 features a 2.4-inch QVGA (320 x 240 pixels resolution) QWERTY keyboard display. The handset packs 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, which is further expandable up to 128GB by means of SD card slot. The dual-SIM JioPhone 2 supports VoLTE, VoWiFi and carries a 2,000mAh battery.