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Nokia, one of the most popular phone brands before the era of touch screen smartphones, is preparing to launch its new KaiOS supported phone, the Nokia N139DL. The phone, which also received the GCF certificate, is expected to be released to the European market in the near future.
It looks like Nokia Mobile is planning to release the next KaiOS smartphone. Nokia N139DL previously appeared on the official Wifi certification website and we learned that the phone will support KaiOs 3.0, 4G networks and 2.4GHz wireless networks.
Now, NokiaPowerUser has announced that the Nokia N139DL has received GCF certification and may soon be launched in the European market. Nokia N139DL; Nokia 6300 4G, Nokia 2720 Flip, Nokia 800 Tough, Nokia 8000 4G and Nokia 8110 4G, which has five KaiOS supported phones, will be Nokia’s sixth KaiOS supported phone.
Developed by KaiOS Technologies, not Nokia, the system has come a long way since its launch in 2017. For those of you who are not familiar with this system, we should mention that the system recently received a RedDot award in the Interface and User Experience category. As IDC reports, Nokia has managed to launch more than 140 models so far. With a total value of more than $3.8 billion, the company’s market share in the feature phone market is 8 percent. Most people around the world may be using smartphones; however, there are still more than 1 billion people using feature phones today, which means that KaiOS can maintain its place in the market for a long time.
Smartphone UI developers often focus on advanced or complex functions; however, they are not required for feature phones. In this sense, it can be said that KaiOS does not focus on aesthetics. The team essentially wants the system to run smoothly on a low-spec device and any user can use the phone with no effort, no learning costs. It is precisely for this reason that the KaiOS team also adopts a minimalist design approach. Accordingly, users should be able to navigate easily on the phone and interact successfully with applications. Many of you might think this is pretty easy to implement on feature phones; however, this is extremely important for users who have not previously owned a mobile phone.
As such, it is not difficult to predict that the interaction with the phone will occur through physical keys. Keys are optimized for applications such as Browser to compensate for hardware limitations. The home screen, on the other hand, is designed to provide direct access to applications. Users can navigate between applications by simply pressing certain keys.