KaiOS originated from TCL, and CEO Sebastien Codeville joined TCL in 2010, when TCL was working on it.DevelopmentAlcatel-branded mobile phones, after the birth of Firefox OS, TCL's statement supports Firefox OS and launched a mobile phone equipped with the system.
However, Firefox OS failed to meet Mozilla's desired attention. It announced in 2015 that it will terminate the project, and the last version will be launched in 2016. However, TCL is still continuing the project internally. Codeville saw the potential of Firefox OS and thought it failed to be a smartphone, and it couldn't compete with the dominant Android ecosystem at the low end.
Codeville believes that Firefox OS should explore the feature machine market. Codeville started a new company, and developers from Mozilla and TCL dig Firefox OS to develop KaiOS for feature machines.
Smartphones represent the future, but the market for feature machines is still huge.The cheapest KaiOS phone is less than $10.