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Peter Pedroncelli, 3:57 am AFKI Original
South Africa is a country where smartphone usage is high, and downloaded android mobile apps form an important part of the experience for these users. The android market is the biggest among the smartphone competitors in the country, and as such this segment of the market is an indicator of the popularity of apps in general and the types of mobile applications that South Africans are using. Here are the 10 most downloaded android mobile apps in South Africa.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:15 am AFKI Original
Mobile internet is incredibly important to Africans, with a high mobile penetration rate making mobile the major medium through which Africans connect to the internet. Broadband, or fixed line internet, speeds via desktop or laptop computers are constantly improving throughout the continent, but it is on mobile that some of Africa’s top speeds may surprise people, with one East African nation in particular enjoying faster average mobile internet speeds than people in the U.S.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:50 am AFKI Original
Instant messaging apps have become indispensable for most modern smartphone users, and Africa is no different, with a number of popular mobile applications being used around the continent. Engaging with friends and family has never been easier, with mobile phones equipped to facilitate messaging via these apps, making communication affordable and more accessible than ever before for African users.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:08 am
At a Google for Nigeria event that was held last week, the American mega-company revealed that it would be working with Japanese mobile manufacturer Freetel to provide $40 smartphones for Nigerians. Google will look to launch the affordable Ice 2 smartphone in September, with their Android operating system embedded in order to provide them with an advantage in the fast-growing Nigerian mobile market.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:17 am
Mobile phone sales across the African continent fell during in the first quarter of 2017 in comparison with the fourth quarter of last year, but East Africa still remained in positive growth territory. Overall shipments of mobile phones to Africa in the first quarter amounted to around 54,5 million units, which represents a decrease of 8,2 percent versus fourth quarter data for 2016. A sharp decline in smartphone sales, which were previously growing consistently, contributed to the first quarter growth negativity, with a staggering 17,6 percent decline in the smartphone segment for the first three months of the year
Dana Sanchez, 8:10 am
Africa now has more than half a billion mobile phone subscribers, and it has been the fastest growing telecoms region for several years, but subscriber growth rates are now beginning to slow down. the number of smartphone is expected to triple in the next five years, but African uptake of mobile will likely converge with the global average, as affordability become more of a barrier, according to a new GSMA study.
Kevin Mwanza, 4:44 am
Mobile phones are driving e-commerce sales in Africa as more people on the continent acquire smartphones and internet use, especially in urban areas, rise, a new report by performance marketing firm, Criteo has shown. The report showed that the number of retail e-commerce transactions taking place through smartphones in Nigeria spiked by 73 percent within the first quarter of 2016
Kevin Mwanza, 3:53 am
Publicis Groupe Africa, a unit of world’s third-largest advertising agency Publicis Groupe, said it has wholly acquired Johannesburg-based Ad-tech company Popimedia for undisclosed amount, Media Update reported. This will be a first investment in an online advertising firm in Africa for the French-based Ad giant, which has made several other acquisition on the continent — particularly in South Africa’s traditional Ad agencies.
Dana Sanchez, 12:01 am
Yoza — it means “to wash” in Uganda’s major language — is typical of Ugandan start-ups. It’s in its early stages, uses innovative means to tackle a local problem, and has a tiny customer base by international standards. The app helps users find laundry services. Almost 140 women are signed up to do laundry, and some of them have doubled their income. It may be small and hyper local, but its commercially viable.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:40 am AFKI Original
Africa is a continent that is filled with potential, with the population of the continent continuing to grow as an increasingly younger demographic begins to take shape, in contrast to many other parts of the world, where ageing populations are the order of the day. Here are 10 interesting facts about Africa’s future workforce and the continent’s ability to adapt to the changing landscape that the future holds.
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