Linux-based Smart Feature Phones

created Apr 8, 2019

"Linux-based 4G phones with Google Assistant sold for $7 in Indonesia"

https://tuxphones.com/smart-feature-phones-revolution-kai-os/

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19590428 - 199 comments


https://www.kaiostech.com/meet-the-apps-available-on-kaios/

https://tuxphones.com/linux-smartphone-app-design-gtk-gnome-tutorial/

https://tuxphones.com/gnome-desktop-phosh-ready-for-purism-necunos-linux-smartphones/

https://www.kaiostech.com/the-birth-of-the-smart-feature-phone-revolution/

"New Jio Phone 2- Quick Specifications, Features || QWERTY Keypad, WhatsApp Support" - 2018 - looks like old Blackberry with physical QWERTY keyboard. It runs KaiOS. Cost: RS 2,999.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZV114rI1qw

https://blog.whatsapp.com/10000649/WhatsApp-for-JioPhone-on-KaiOS


Apr 26, 2019:

KaiOS takes on the Apple-Android mobile duopoly (economist.com)

https://www.economist.com/business/2019/04/27/kaios-takes-on-the-apple-android-mobile-duopoly

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19752376

http://wiki.pine64.org/index.php/PinePhone

https://www.thelightphone.com/ - "The Light Phone II is a simple, 4G LTE phone with a beautiful black & white matte E-ink display." -- but they use a massively bloated website to display content on the homepage. naturally, it's blank with javascript disabled.

Last summer when I read about the Light Phone 2 and its fundraising initiative, it was scheduled for release in Spring 2019. Now it's scheduled for release in July 2019.

I think that only fundraiser contributors will receive a Light Phone 2. The cost was $300 last summer. I considered it.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/light-phone-2#/

The project team has a working demo, not the final product. Their ability to begin production may be affected by product development or financial challenges.

It seems that it's still possible to buy a Light Phone 2.

Light Phone 2 - Pre-order
$300 USD $400 (25% OFF)
Be one of the first to receive a Light Phone 2! Expected delivery is by the end of July 2019. The phone will ship as an unlocked phone and does not include a SIM.