Good News! Facebook App Is Finally Available On Reliance JioPhone

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If you are planning to buy a Reliance JioPhone or have one already, there’s some good news for you.

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As of February 14th, Jio has launched its specially designed version of the Facebook app. Existing customers, as well as new customers, can directly download the app from JioAppStore.

The app has been custom built for Jio KaiOS, which is a Web-based operating system that runs on the 4G smart feature phone.

The Facebook for Jio Phone app offers support for push notifications, video, and external links in sync with the version available on smartphones. The Facebook app also supports the Jio Phone’s cursor function for features such as News Feed and Photos.

Since the launch of the VoLTE-enabled phone in August 2017, one of the issues raised by critics was the feature does not support Facebook which is one of the most widely-used apps today. Jio has addressed that problem.

In a statement it said that “As promised, Jio Phone will be home to the world’s leading applications, starting with Facebook. Jio, the world’s largest mobile data network, is built to empower every Indian with the power of data and Jio Phone is an integral part of this Jio movement”.

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To install it, go to the ‘Social’ section in the JioAppStore. After locating the app, select and click on it and it will show an option to install it. A notification will let the user know that the app has been installed.

With this announcement, Facebook becomes the first third-party social media app to be available on JioPhone’s custom KaiOS. There have been previous workarounds to get other apps like WhatsApp on to the handset.

Previously Google had announced a version of its Google voice assistant for the JioPhone, though it has yet to roll out. The Google Assistant for JioPhone was announced in December 2017 at the Google for India event

 

The Jio Phone recently became the highest selling feature phone in India in Q4 2017, according to IDC’s Quarterly Mobile Tracker report. Reliance Industries also became the biggest seller of feature phones in the same quarter, according to IDC.

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