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KaiOS, the OS behind JioPhone, raises $22 million from Google

KaiOS Technologies, which has built eponymous operating system for feature phones, also deployed on the Jio Phone, has raised $22 million from Google. KaiOS enables smartphone-like features and native apps into low-cost feature phones. As part of the investment, KaiOS will work on integrating Google services like search, maps, YouTube and its voice assistant into more KaiOS devices; the company announced GoogleMaps for KaiOS-powered Nokia phones earlier this year. Google integrates its Search service with internet browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Apple's Safari. Google paid Mozilla Corporation in 2017 to replace Yahoo with Google Search as Mozilla's default search engine. Google Search also replaced Apple's native search engine in 2012 after Google paid Apple Inc. The Android OS runs on phones sold by Samsung, Xiaomi, Huawei, Motorola, and others and integrates core Google services like Maps, Assistant, Search, YouTube, GMail…

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