Expect new kind components, markets and tweaks for KaiOS in 2019

Google Assistant on a KaiOS phone.

It’s been a reasonably large 12 months for KaiOS, because the platform acquired one other substantial spherical of funding from a number of companies (together with TCL and Google). It’s additionally made in-roads into the African continent and achieved loads of Google app assist within the course of.

After spending time with a $17 KaiOS telephone earlier this 12 months, it’s straightforward to see why the platform is gaining traction. KaiOS is bridging the hole between smartphone and have telephone due to options like Wi-Fi, apps, and Google Assistant.

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The Google assist isn’t stopping there both, as the businesses beforehand introduced that Google Voice Typing can be coming to KaiOS units. So when can we anticipate it to land on units?

“We already deployed it on some of the devices, and we are going to deploy that as a standard feature very soon. But it’s already in deployment. For the devices already shipping, it’s a software update,” KaiOS CEO Sebastien Codeville instructed Android Authority. Otherwise, the CEO says they don’t have a plan to convey any extra particular Google apps to the platform at this stage.

Improvements and additions incoming?

MTN Smart S KaiOS phone, showing the browser.

Codeville additionally famous that they’re working to make the platform extra environment friendly for units with a tiny quantity of RAM. This was notably notable on the $17 KaiOS telephone (MTN’s Smart S), with frequent app crashes and usually stuttery efficiency within the likes of WhatsApp and the browser. The group provides that they’re additionally fixing or have fastened a couple of different ache factors we famous in our overview, resembling laggy typing, frequent storage alerts, and cloud performance. But what about different absent options like copy/paste and multitasking?

“Our team is working to implement both multitask and tabbed browsing features for 512MB RAM devices. As for the copy/paste feature specifically, this is something we’re working on actively and looking for alternatives, as this action occupies a bulk of RAM storage on smart feature phone devices,” the corporate instructed us.

The KaiOS group is addressing a number of ache factors on present low-end units, resembling laggy typing and the dearth of tabbed looking.

Codeville additionally elaborated on the opportunity of utilizing Chrome’s Chromium engine for its personal browser: “We don’t plan to use Chromium as a browser at this stage, it’ll be too heavy for the device we target. But we’re definitely improving the browser experience on the device.”

Google Assistant on such an affordable machine is a game-changer in some ways too, exhibiting off the facility of machine studying. Codeville says they’re at the moment engaged on one other machine-learning undertaking with a number of companions, with the purpose of bringing new providers to the platform within the second half of the 12 months. The CEO didn’t reveal any extra particulars, however between images, efficiency, and safety, there are many makes use of for machine studying on cell anyway.

Where to subsequent for KaiOS?

KaiOS on a feature phone. kaiostech.com

Codeville says they’re engaged on “new form factors and new services which are not directly (related to) the smart feature phone” sector. The CEO says they’ll launch the brand new product on the finish of this 12 months, with out giving any extra info relating to these new initiatives.

In phrases of growth plans, Codeville says they plan to broaden to extra nations and operators in Africa and the Middle East. Furthermore, Codeville says they’ll be launching in Brazil and Mexico from the summer season earlier than increasing to extra Latin American markets.

“A little bit later in Q3, we’ll deploy to more countries in Asia,” Codeville provides, particularly mentioning Indonesia. “The goal for us is by the end of the year to be present in most of the countries around the world.”

In the U.S. and intrigued by the platform? Well, Codeville says there will probably be “several” units coming to the market in 2019. Would you purchase a KaiOS machine? Let us know within the feedback!

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