We’re trying to gauge interest in developing games for KaiOS.
KaiOS is a Linux based operating system for feature phones. It is the second largest OS in India and it is growing in popularity in many countries. The phones are inexpensive with fairly low-end specifications. Screen resolution is 240x320 at 30 FPS with either 256MB or 512MB RAM and a few GB of storage.
Applications and games are web based and installed through the KaiOS store. The number of available applications is less than 1000. Monetization is mainly done through ads using the KaiAds API.
Despite the low hardware specification of KaiOS enabled devices Defold HTML5 games can run on KaiOS. Some care must be taken when creating the games to limit the amount of code running every frame and the amount of garbage created and to keep the number of draw calls to a minimum.
There is a lot of potential in the OS and coming in early with high quality games while the store is small could be an excellent business opportunity for Defold developers.
Would you consider developing games for KaiOS if Defold had full support* for KaiOS?
* Full support = Template project, manuals, KaiAds native extension, samples and tutorials