JioPhone users to get Facebook app as Valentine’s Day gift

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on February 13, 2018

A sales person displays features of JioPhone   -  REUTERS

Reliance JioPhone will get its own Facebook app from Wednesday, a move that will open up the social networking platform to a potential 50 crore feature phone users in India.

This new version of the Facebook app is built specially for Jio KaiOS, a web-based operating system designed for JioPhone, so that its users get the best experience of Facebook, Reliance Jio Infocomm said in a statement.

“JioPhone is the world’s most affordable smartphone built with transformational technology especially for Indians to migrate from a feature phone to a smartphone. As promised, JioPhone will be home to the world’s leading applications, starting with Facebook. Jio, the world’s largest mobile data network, is built to empower every Indian with the power of data and JioPhone is an integral part of this Jio movement,” Akash Ambani, Director at RJio said.

The Facebook app for JioPhone supports push notifications, video, and links to external content. The app is also optimised to accommodate the cursor function on JioPhone and delivers Facebook’s most popular features such as News Feed and Photos.

“We are excited about our partnership with Jio and the opportunity to provide the best possible Facebook experience for millions of people using JioPhone,” said Francisco Varela, Vice-President of Mobile Partnerships, Facebook. “Working with partners like Jio, we want to make sure everyone, everywhere has the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of being connected.”

in July 2017, Reliance Jio Infocomm, the telecom arm of billionaire Mukesh Ambani-controlled Reliance Industries (RIL), unveiled a handset — JioPhone — that is “made in India by young Indians for all Indians”. It came with an effective zero price. However, the company said it will collect a one-time refundable amount of ₹1,500. The handsets were later launched on August 15, 2017.

Published on February 13, 2018

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