4G on feature phones: Is the History of Feature Phones Changing?

What is the basis of your mobile phone? Do you know the category of the most used phone in the world? You will find the answers to some of these questions in today’s discussion. You can also find a new world if you are not a tech nerd.

Before going into the main discussion, let’s know some statistics. But before that, you need to know the category of the phone. Our daily-used phones are usually of three types; Cellphone, feature Phone, and Smartphone.


Mobile phone, cellular phone, or handphone, sometimes shortened to simply a mobile, cell, or just phone. A cellphone is a portable telephone that can make and receive calls and texts can be exchanged.

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It goes without saying that there is no work of any kind outside of this. It is powered by an embedded system consisting of C and C++.

Feature phone

Feature phones are a little more advanced than cellphones. It uses Java programming language. In addition to phone or text messaging, there are some other benefits. For example, using a camera for the first time, audio, video player, etc.

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And finally, the latest smartphone. Smartphones are usually run on Android, iOS, Windows, etc.

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 Let’s take a look at some statistics.

The number of active smartphone users worldwide is 3.5 billion. The total number of mobile phone users is 4.6 billion. That means about 1.27 billion people still use cell phones or feature phones. The internet cannot be used on feature phones or cellphones; we all know it more or less. But a large part of the world is still dependent on feature phones or cellphones. Research is continuously underway on how to bring them under the internet. Because the world ahead is going to be IOT (Internet of Things) dependent. That’s why it is very important to bring everyone under the internet.

To run the internet on a feature phone, you need a complex operating system like Android or Windows, which is not possible at all. But there is minimal RAM in feature phone or cellphone. So to make this project successful, a team of developers from Mozilla Firefox created a lightweight operating system; named Kai OS.

The name Kai OS is derived from the name of a Chinese person whose name is kāi (开). It means open. However, Firefox OS says it made by mistake. Either way, Kai OS is an open platform. The theme of this operating system is ‘Internet for All.’

You will get the 3G and 4G facility in the device, running on this operating system. You can run all the most widely used applications, such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and YouTube. 

At the same time, you will be able to receive all the services of Google. The Google Assistant service is also available on the operating system.

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Kai OS is basically an operating system of Ginkgo Destro based on the Linux kernel, where every operation takes place on the website. That is, there is nothing inside the phone except some cache memory. Ginkgo is called the ‘BlackBox’ of the operating system.

‘Gaia’ used in the front end design of Kai OS, which is the user interface of Kai OS. Every application in KaiStore is web-based. 

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These applications, built with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, are confined to the hosting server so that way, the application’s services are delivered through a single shortcut. A technology called Boot to Gecko (B2G) used here.

Gecko is a technology developed by the Firefox operating system that renders HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to the customer. Gecko controls almost everything internally, including networks, graphics, layouts, and various API connections.

About 2 billion people around the world can access Internet services through feature phones. Kai OS has already become the third largest operating system in the world. Coming to the market in 2018, it has pushed Apple’s iOS, which is already in the second position in the market, to the third position. Kai OS has so far reached more than 100 million people in India and Africa.

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Naturally, the question arises, is OS going to compete with Android made by Google? Or will Huawei or Oak OS brought by Huawei to come here and increase the danger here?

Whatever it is, in the future, we can get out of the monopoly of Android and get a different taste. Only time will tell who will be able to share in the realm of the operating system.

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