Smart feature phones with “light” operating systems are the future of Africa’s mobile growth
By Abdi Latif Dahir
The mobile operating system KaiOS is gradually securing its place among the slew of mobile devices targeting African markets.
At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, the French telecom company Orange rolled out its new 3G-powered “smart feature phone” will be powered by the Linux-based program. Developed in San Diego, California, the light operating system was born out of Mozilla’s failed FirefoxOS project and is used to bring smartphone-like functionalities to cheap feature phones.
Currently running on 50 million phones across the world, its developer KaiOS Technologies hopes to be running on over 150 million devices by mid-2019.
Photo courtesy of Kārlis Dambrāns.