KAI OS: THE NEXT MAJOR MOBILE OPERATING SYSTEM?

KAI OS: THE NEXT MAJOR MOBILE OPERATING SYSTEM?

For almost all part of it, Smartphone market is dominated by the 2 Major operating systems; being Android and iOS.

Though some came and went through this non-stop road;

No OS other than Android and iOS made it to the masses successfully.

But it seems, it's the time somethings gotta change.

And this change made Google invest $22 Million in this project.

And that's why we have delivered you the exclusive story of the KaiOS.

Let's take a look at it, shall we?


KaiOS: What is it?

CREDITS: KAI OS



After Android and iOS have dominated the smartphone market for 
too long, this OS has stepped into the market.

But to understand what it is, allow me to tell you a little bit about the forefathers of KaiOS.

So, back in 2012, Mozilla released an Operating System written in HTML, CSS, JAVASCRIPT and C++.

It was named Firefox OS.

It was first demonstrated on Android devices and I can still remember using it on my Galaxy J1 (those nostalgic memories!).

Unfortunately enough, Mozilla abandoned it back in 2016 due to lesser popularity.

It is to be noted that, Firefox OS was written atop Linux Kernel.

And here comes the relation between the 2; When Mozilla abandoned the Firefox OS project, it did some old Mozilla kind-of thing; It open-sourced it.

So, the community of Codo-philes made a successor to Firefox OS called B2G OS (Back to Gecko OS) , remember this was completely community-based and not official.

And then some developers started developing a brand new OS  built "ON" the B2G OS source code, this one was (and is) called the KaiOS (you see what I did there?).


Where does Kai-OS stand today?

COMPARISON BETWEEN MAJOR MOBILE OPERATING SYSTEMS IN INDIA
Copyright DismantleTech

So, now you know how Kai-OS became what it is, it's time we know, where it stands now.

So, the latest data I could find (you can see that in the infographic below); shows that KaiOS has already taken the previously owned market share of iOS in India.

The data was taken on 2 different years (2017 & 2018) and it shows something very shocking; KaiOS took the place of 2nd most popular OS in India in just 1 Year! (or maybe less than that)

Globally, over 40 Million "Not-so-smart--phones" running KaiOS  have been sold till now, and the company behind KaiOS targets this number to reach a Global maximum of 100 Million by the end of 2018.

KaiOS: Features?

GOOGLE ASSISTANT
Credits: Google

It's not just an OS for keypad phones now; the KaiOS has many of the most popular Android and iOS apps that you can get.

You can run Whatsapp, Twitter, Youtube, Facebook and even Google Assistant on a phone running KaiOS.

This OS is good for one more thing, It makes the so called 'dumb-phones' a little bit smarter.

You can not only run the above listed apps but also, Maps, Google Search and Play games on them.

So, This is an Android Competitor; then why has Google invested in it?

GOOGLE HQ
Credits: Google

I don't really understand the monopolies of the Tech world that good, but what I can conclude from all this is that, this is somewhat of an old trick that Google is playing right now.

This trick is called, "If you can't beat them, join them".

What this means from my perspective is that, since Google knows where the KaiOS stands in the market of today, it doesn't even try to compete it (it's not that competing isn't possible, it's just that it isn't feasible enough).

So, rather than competing with KaiOS, Google invests in KaiOS to become an integral part of it's initial development foreseeing it's bright future.


Conclusion

So now you know, what KaiOS is, you might consider it to be the next mobile-OS.

Credits: The Verge

But keep in mind, this isn't the OS someone coming from an expensive background should use easily.

Much better than that, this OS can be used for the rather senior class as a feature-rich phone.

Also, here are some feature-phone models running KaiOS;


Nokia Banana Phone 

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