Google launches ‘Jio Phone competitor’ WizPhone WP006 at Rs 500 – Gadgets Now
has launched the
feature phone at a recent Google for Indonesia event. The WizPhone WP006 runs KaiOS– the same operating system that powers the Reliance JioPhone– and comes with Google suites of apps like Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google Search and others. The WizPhone WP006 has been launched in Indonesia at 99,000 IDR which translates to around Rs 500 in India. There is no official word as to whether Google will launch the same in India or not.
The KaiOS-powered WizPhone WP006 supports 4G connectivity and is essentially a feature phone like the JioPhone in India. Interestingly, the device has been launched without any carrier contract.
In Indonesia, buyers can get the WizPhone WP006 from vending machines at any Alfamart stores. Then, with the built-in AllWizapp, customers can unlock shopping benefits in Alfamart by scanning barcodes on each product and making their purchase directly via the app on their WizPhone.
As per an official statement, KaiOS runs on more than 50 million phones across North America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. Based on HTML5, KaiOS and the KaiStore will provide features like games, messaging, streaming apps, and social media to WizPhone users. The device runs on Qualcomm MSM8905, making 4G/LTE more accessible without sacrificing functionality and battery life. It also supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.
KaiOS made its India foray with
in July 2017 and gained a 15% of the mobile OS market beating Apple iOS as the second-most-widely used in India, as per DeviceAtlas’ latest Mobile Web Intelligence Report. To keep up with the demand, Facebook-owned WhatsApp also introduced a separate app for KaiOS-based feature phones. Also, Google also launched another YouTube app for KaiOS phones in India. Apart from the JioPhone, Nokia has also launched a KaiOS-based handset in the form of