Hong Kong-based tech company, KaiOS technologies has procured $22 million funding from tech giant Google. KaiOS develops operating systems for smart feature phones. This funding will allow the company to offer Google services like search, maps, YouTube and voice assistant into its operating system.
India’s one of the leading 4G powered Jio phones also run on KaiOS. Reliance Industries in March had bought a 16% stake in KaiOS for $7 million cash. KaiOS’s other major clients include TCL, HMD Global, and Micromax for mobile devices.
“We want to ensure that Google apps and services are available to everyone, whether they are using desktops, smartphones, or feature phones,” said Anjali Joshi, Vice-President, Product Management, Next Billion Users at Google.
“This funding will help us fast-track development and global deployment of KaiOS-enabled smart feature phones, allowing us to connect the vast population that still cannot access the internet, especially in emerging markets,” said Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies, in a statement.