Mobile

Move Over WhatsApp, Google Set to Launch Chat, an Android Messenger App

Move Over WhatsApp, Google Set to Launch Chat, an Android Messenger App

Business, Mobile, Startups
Google is rolling out a new chat service to replace standard texting, a move that analysts say will offer Android users advanced features already found in popular chat services such as Apple's iMessage and Facebook's WhatsApp. But the unveiling also represents a strategic retreat for the tech giant, experts say, which has struggled to prop up a dedicated chat app of its own. The service, dubbed Chat, is not a Google messaging app but will run on Android phones through partnerships with dozens of mobile carriers around the world. Chat offers several upgrades for Android users whose messaging relies on SMS, or short message service, a text-based system that has been widely adopted but surpassed by more feature-rich messaging apps. Using a new standard called Rich Communications Ser
The importance of embracing mobile technology for insurance

The importance of embracing mobile technology for insurance

Mobile
Even though the market has become more competitive in Africa, many insurers still rely on traditional methods to reach customers. While other industries have been pro-active in their adoption of mobile technology due to its convenience and reach, insurance has generally been slower to adapt. Ashok Shah, Group CEO of APA Apollo, examines this. “Mobile technology can have a significant impact on the insurance industry by attracting new customers and retaining former policyholders. However, getting access to a mobile device is the first step towards broader financial inclusion. This empowers people to access affordable financial products like insurance. Fortunately, mobile phone ownership is on the increase across the continent due to devices becoming increasingly affordable and WiFi hotspot
Smartphone penetration and Supportive Government Regulations Boosting Telematics Market Growth

Smartphone penetration and Supportive Government Regulations Boosting Telematics Market Growth

Business, Governance, Mobile
The significant penetration of smartphones, lowered connectivity costs, high speed internet technologies and supportive government regulations is driving the growth of the global consumer telematics market. This is according to a new Consumer Telematics Market – Growth, Trends, Forecast, Demand, Outlook Upto 2024 report by Transparency market research. The reports, also notes that the growing demand of big data analytics and related services is also an important factor influencing the growth of the market.  Moreover, proliferation of cloud-based services in order to deliver personalized experience to the end-user is also expected to positively impact the market’s demand. Telematics is the subdivision of information technology that consolidates computers and wireless telecommunica
Africa’s smartphone market declines despite strong performance

Africa’s smartphone market declines despite strong performance

Mobile
Africa’s smartphone market experienced a quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) decline of 6.4% during Q4 2017, according to the latest insights announced by International Data Corporation (IDC). The global technology research and consulting firm’s Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker shows smartphone shipments were down to 20.3 million units for the quarter. Year on year (YoY), this represents an 18.0% decline, meaning the YoY improvement seen in the previous quarter did not extend to the year’s final – and traditionally strongest – quarter. In the feature phone space, shipments totaled 33.4 million units, up 3.1% QoQ after decreasing in the previous quarter. Year on year, the feature phone market was up 9.9%. Feature phones continue to account for a majority share (62.2%) of the region’s overall mobile p
Truecaller Sets Up Sub-Sahara Headquarters in Nairobi

Truecaller Sets Up Sub-Sahara Headquarters in Nairobi

Business, Mobile, Technology
Truecaller, unwanted texts and phone calls filter firm has set  up its Sub – Saharan Africa office in Nairobi led by Zakaria Hersi as Director of Partnerships for Africa. Hersi will be spearheading Truecaller’s expansion plans in the region as the firm aims to drive its numbers. Truecaller has more than 50 million users in Africa and identifies more than half a billion calls a monthly in the region, and 50 percent of SMS received are spam. In Kenya the application blocks and filters more than 4.4 million calls and 14 million spam SMSes per month. Late last year Truecaller launched its Developer Program with Truecaller SDK its mobile identity product for digital start-ups and app developers, they will be doubling down on their monetization initiative, and introduce its Truecaller