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KaiOS, the feature phone platform startup, raises a modest $3.4M to train its sights on growth in Africa

by Ravi Sharma

It is an exciting time to be in the mobile industry. Smartphones are quickly replacing feature phones across the world, and Africa is no exception.

KaiOS has been making waves because it offers a refreshing alternative to Android, Windows Phone and iOS. The platform focuses on affordability and security while still offering a decent smartphone experience. KaiOS offers many features that rival more expensive operating systems including WhatsApp, Social Networks, WeChat, Gaming Platforms like Angry Birds 2 HD Free (available for download on Play Store), Facebook Messenger Free, Twitter Lite and on top of that you even get access to Google Assistant by Cortana (available for download from Play Store).

The company recently announced its Series A funding round of $3.4M. The financing was led by Amatix with participation from the Unilever Foundry and KaiOS’s existing shareholders. It brings KaiOS’s total funding to $5.7M since the company made its public debut a year ago.

Regarding the recent funding round, KaiOS’s CEO Sebastien Codeville said: “KaiOS is on a mission to power one billion feature phones in emerging markets as part of our vision for a connected world for all.” He continued, “To do that, we need to reach those markets with an affordable device people will want to own and use every day. Our Series A financing really accelerates our original strategy to bring connectivity, applications and a better mobile experience to people everywhere.”

KaiOS has been bringing reachability and value to the market by enabling its technology on devices under $30. The company’s first device manufacturer was Intex, who went on to sell over two million units.

While KaiOS already offers a competitive feature phone platform, they have ambitious plans for growth. The company is looking to expand in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia with a focus on five markets: India, Vietnam, Nigeria, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It’s clear that the company is on the right track in order to achieve this. As KaiOS says: “If students, government officials, and entrepreneurs can all contribute to the cause of mobile empowerment in emerging markets, we’ll be able to empower millions through mobile phone ownership.”

The details of the Series A financing follows:

KaiOS has been making waves because it offers a refreshing alternative to Android, Windows Phone and iOS. The platform focuses on affordability and security while still offering a decent smartphone experience. KaiOS offers many features that rival more expensive operating systems including WhatsApp, Social Networks, WeChat, Gaming Platforms like Angry Birds 2 HD Free (available for download on Play Store), Facebook Messenger Free, Twitter Lite and on top of that you even get access to Google Assistant by Cortana (available for download from Play Store).

The company recently announced its Series A funding round of $3.4M. The financing was led by Amatix with participation from the Unilever Foundry and KaiOS’s existing shareholders. It brings KaiOS’s total funding to $5.7M since the company made its public debut a year ago.

Regarding the recent funding round, KaiOS’s CEO Sebastien Codeville said: “KaiOS is on a mission to power one billion feature phones in emerging markets as part of our vision for a connected world for all.” He continued, “To do that, we need to reach those markets with an affordable device people will want to own and use every day. Our Series A financing really accelerates our original strategy to bring connectivity, applications and a better mobile experience to people everywhere.”

KaiOS has been bringing reachability and value to the market by enabling its technology on devices under $30. The company’s first device manufacturer was Intex, who went on to sell over two million units.

While KaiOS already offers a competitive feature phone platform, they have ambitious plans for growth. The company is looking to expand in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia with a focus on five markets: India, Vietnam, Nigeria, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It’s clear that the company is on the right track in order to achieve this. As KaiOS says: “If students, government officials, and entrepreneurs can all contribute to the cause of mobile empowerment in emerging markets, we’ll be able to empower millions through mobile phone ownership.

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