KaiOS Technologies, the company that develops the KaiOS operating system installed on numerous models of “non-smart” mobile phones, announced the availability of WhatsApp on the application store of its operating system. The messaging app can be downloaded for free on all devices running KaiOS that have at least 256MB of RAM. These included the Nokia 8110 (known to the general public as the Matrix mobile phone) that the brand re-launched in 2018 with a successful technological revival operation.
The agreement with KaiOS is a move with which Facebook has secured, in one fell swoop, access to a very large user base that has so far had no way of subscribing to WhatsApp, particularly in markets such as India and the South East Asia, where so-called feature phones are very common. The partnership between the social media giant and KaiOS Technologies also calls for WhatsApp to be pre-installed on most mobile phones based on the operating system starting from the third quarter of this year.
The version of the messaging app intended for the ultra-light system will not be limited in functionality. Users will have end-to-end encryption, groups, stickers, VoIP voice calls and, of course, sending images and audio messages. In addition to the aforementioned Nokia 8110, KaiOS also runs on other devices sold in Italy as Doro 7060. On this model, equipped with 512MB of RAM, Whatsapp can already be downloaded from the KaiStore.
In addition to non-smart phones WhatsApp could soon arrive on a device of a completely different kind: the iPad. A version of the messaging app for Apple’s tablet has been under development for many months now. The latest rumours speak of a possible imminent exit, although it remains to understand how the app will handle the simultaneous use on two different devices with the same phone number.
Probably that, especially on the iPad’s Wi-Fi models that are not equipped with telephone numbers, the application is more like a version adapted to the Whatsapp Web tablet, that is the remote client that already today can be used via browser and requires constant connection with the phone connected to the account. It is not to be excluded however that a native version of the app can be used with iPads with a cellular connection just like you would on a smartphone.