Mobile

Facebook to start making money off WhatsApp by charging businesses

Facebook to start making money off WhatsApp by charging businesses

Mobile, social media, Technology
Facebook, the biggest social networking giant, has decided to finally make money from WhatsApp by charging businesses that want to conduct customer support in the app. The social media platform snatched up WhatsApp in 2014 for a whopping $22 billion, but the popular messaging service still isn't making Facebook much cash despite WhatsApp's 1 billion daily users. The app used to charge users a $1 per year subscription but dropped the fee in early 2016. WhatsApp co founder Jan Koum has long been a staunch opponent of traditional advertising and has promised that the app will never show ads. WhatsApp's program for businesses will charge large companies that want to be verified and have access to a suite of automated tools for helping and responding to customers, the Facebook-owned ap...
Technological Trends; why Africa has to move quickly

Technological Trends; why Africa has to move quickly

Internet, Mobile
The rapid growth of the African tech sector was mainly due to the expansion of mobile technology and driven entrepreneurs seeking to find answers to some of the main challenges facing the continent. In three key tech ecosystems of Kenya, Nigeria and, to a lesser extent, South Africa, innovation has been fuelled by necessity. GSMA's 2017 report into the mobile economy in Sub-Saharan Africa noted that the number of unique mobile subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa will grow to 535 million or 50% of the population in 2020 – making it the fastest growing region in the world (in terms of mobile subscriptions) over the five-year period. However, according to recent analysis by IDC, Africa's smartphone revolution is showing signs of a slowdown, with feature phones singled out as being lar
Tecno launches Spark Series smartphones in Nigeria

Tecno launches Spark Series smartphones in Nigeria

Mobile
Tecno Mobile, has unveiled its latest device, the Spark Series smartphones. Targeted at millennial youths and varsities students in Nigeria, who mostly have to live on a budget, the Techno Spark is a new line of photo-focused. Speaking at the launch of the smartphones in Lagos, the Deputy Marketing Manager, Tecno Nigeria, Attai Oguche, said: “We at Tecno are proud to say that this is another great camera device; the next generation android smartphones designed mainly for an impressive camera and style. Anyone who experienced the TecnoCamon CX, and who by now understand the amazing camera features Tecno devices flaunt will easily relate with what I am talking about.” According to him, the TecnoSpark stays true to the revolutionary pixel sensor and denoising camera technologies of la
Infinix Hot 5 launched in Kenya

Infinix Hot 5 launched in Kenya

Mobile
In a committed effort to extend its products and services to its customers across the nation, Infinix Mobility, a Hong Kong-based company, has unveiled the soon-to-be launched Infinix Hot 5, the successor to the Infinix Hot 4 smartphone which had a successful market spell. As Infinix continues to give consumers the best experience with its smartphones, the brand has been innovative about bringing about a better shopping experience for its fans and customers in the region. The Infinix Hot 5 is a fifth generation offering in the Hot series of affordable smartphones. The device packs a powerful battery, fingerprint scanner and Android 7.0 (Nougat). Infinix Hot 5 succeeds the Infinix Hot 4. Showing off a cool looking body, the Infinix Hot 5 cannot be said to disappoint in terms...
Youtap launches QR code solutions & apps for markets in Africa and Asia

Youtap launches QR code solutions & apps for markets in Africa and Asia

Mobile
Smartphone penetration across the emerging markets is increasing significantly. Recently MTN Group published statistics on the growth of smartphones across its operating companies, including South Africa (15%), Nigeria (36%), Ghana (64%) and Côte d’Ivoire (100%). On this note, Youtap, the global provider of contactless mobile payments and financial services software has launched a QR code solution as well as smartphone apps for mobile money in Africa and Asia. According to a statement by Youtap, the solution complies with the industry standard that was developed by Bharat, Mastercard and Visa. "Youtap's apps can be white-labelled and branded with the logo colours of the mobile money service," the statement stated. The new solution gives any merchant or small business owner with a