The new version of Facebook that was built specially for Jio KaiOS, will be available for download from Jio App Store for all new and existing JioPhone users.
The new Facebook app will support push notifications, video, links to external content and has been optimised to accommodate the cursor function on JioPhone, the statement said.
“We are excited about our partnership with Jio and the opportunity to provide the best possible Facebook experience for millions of people using JioPhone,” said Francisco Varela, Vice President of Mobile Partnerships, Facebook.
“As promised, JioPhone 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 JioPhone is an integral part of this Jio movement,” said Akash Ambani, Director, Jio.
This deal comes weeks after JioPhone surpassed Samsung to become the top feature phone brand in the country, on the back of massive volumes it shipped in the closing months of 2017. The company had a 27% market share in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to latest numbers by the research firm Counterpoint Research.