KaiOS Explained– The new OS for the future!

KaiOS Explained– The new OS for the future!

KaiOS is a web-based mobile operating system that is based on Linux. It is forked from Boot to Gecko which is an open source community-driven successor of the Firefox OS which was discontinued by Mozilla in 2016.

Kai OS with its primary features brings support for 4G LTE, GPS, Wi-Fi with HTML5 based apps and longer battery life. The OS is primarily focussed on non-touch devices with optimized UI and less memory and energy consumption.

Scope for KaiOS

Most of these non-touch low powered devices are found in emerging markets such as India.  Reliance Jio, a network that has disrupted the local mobile industry with heavily discounted 4G data plans and other services sells subsidised phones that use Kai OS software. Kai OS is, therefore, ideal for these markets where low-powered, economical and non-touch devices do the thing.

The bigger picture for KaiOS

Google invested $22m in Kai OS last year, prioritizing getting people in emerging markets online, where it can sell its attention to advertisers, over getting them onto Android smartphones. These phones are close smart. Now, Jio cannot subsidize handsets forever. Even if Kai OS software powers another 70 million devices this year, as the company expects, that would be barely one-twentieth of the 1.5 billion Apple and Android phones sold annually. So, producing these cheaper smartphones will not be easy.

Pros and Cons of KaiOS, kaios Explained
Pros and Cons of KaiOS

Pros and Cons of KaiOS


Let’s talk the good things first and let’s be honest, any new technology will only improve the currently existing stack.

Kai OS comes with :

  • Inexpensive hardware: KaiOS is less demanding than Android, and the phones have been very cheap, as low as $22.
  • Simple UI: The interface is clean and very simple, and follows the same paradigm established with early-2000s flip phones.
  • Smart features: Some smartphone features have been included like a fully featured web-browser and support for VoLTE.
  • Assistant: Phones running newer versions of KaiOS have Google Assistant built-in.


Obviously there are a few cons as nothing is perfect. The library of third-party apps is extremely limited, and Google’s own applications are just links to the mobile web versions.

The only KaiOS phones worth buying are mostly available in Europe and Asia.

KaiOS-powered devices have been in the market for some time now. We started life on the Alcatel GoFlip in North America and are now on over 60 million devices worldwide from five different partners, with many more launching in the near future.

Below is list of the KaiOS devices so far.

  • Alcatel Go Flip 2
  • Cat B35
  • Doro 7050 and 7060
  • JioPhone (Reliance Jio)
  • JioPhone 2 (Reliance Jio)
  • MaxCom 241 and 281
  • MTN Smart
  • Nokia 8110 (HMD Global)
  • Orange Sanza
  • WizPhone WP006
KaiStore- KaiOS App Store, kaios Explained
KaiStore- KaiOS App Store, Raw Source: KaiOsTech

KaiStore- KaiOS App Store Utilities

QR Reader

It took some time, but QR codes have proven their worth and are finally here to stay. As the versatility of this barcode has always been exclusive to mobile users, Kai saw an opportunity to bridge this digital gap by rolling out a KaiOS QR code app, bringing all smart feature phone users into this part of the digital revolution.

The benefits of QR code use have been observed in several emerging markets in the world.

In India, many businesses utilize QR codes for marketing. This means that companies can incorporate additional information — including a website URL, email, calendar event or business card — into  QR codes. Consumers only need their device to decode QR codes and access the information contained within them. This makes it easier for businesses to convey important information quickly and efficiently, as well as improve customer engagement.

QR codes are also used across India to promote cashless transactions — many train stations are adopting QR codes for ticketing. This ensures a quick and seamless payment process for all passengers.

Furthermore, schools are using QR codes to improve school safety. Parents can be identified when visiting their child’s school by checking-in via QR code — which is embedded in their digital ID cards.

With all these great real-world applications, the QR app is a must for all smart-feature phone users. It’s also very easy to use. To start, simply open the app, scan the barcode, and unlock the benefits.


With the To-Do app, you can record events, reminders, and ideas at your convenience — from grocery lists to appointments and errands. Whether you’re a student, running a small business, or managing a household, the To-Do app will make managing your day-to-day activities much easier.

Through the To-Do app, you can boost your productivity and simultaneously give your brain a break by making use of the embedded reminder functionality.


This app helps you count anything.

Having troubles tracking your caloric intake, steps made, or how many visitors have stopped by your market booth? Counter has you covered. To start, simply navigate to “New” and input the name a category that you want to count — people, cars, or calories — you name it. Then it’s a matter of counting the number up or down using the OK and Down buttons. You have the option to reset and delete categories, and there’s no limit to the amount of categories that can run simultaneously.

Crazy Eggs

Games are no longer the exclusive domain of computer geeks. Mobile gaming is a favorite pastime for players from all walks of life and is enjoyed everywhere, at any time.

In addition to providing entertainment, gaming also boosts intelligence and other skills according to research published by APA. Their findings even showed playing games may help children improve their problem-solving and social skills.

To ensure smart feature phone users can also enjoy themselves while giving their intelligence a boost at the same time, the KaiOS development and UX teams are always thinking up new gaming titles for the KaiOS platform.

Crazy Eggs is an amazing 3D title with several challenging levels in it, suitable for both children and adults. Players see a lot of baskets on their screen and must guess where the egg is placed. Initially, you get a hint as to where the egg is placed but then, all the baskets get shuffled and figuring out where the egg is placed gets more challenging, especially when the speed increases when you reach higher levels. Be warned, this game will challenge your eyesight and ability to concentrate!

So what do you think about Kai OS and its potential in the next decade or so?

Do you think it can take on the likes of iOS and Android? Let your thoughts known in the comments below!

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