Tag: mobile apps

Yoza: A Mobile App For Dirty Laundry? Yes, Please

Startups, Uncategorized
It’s the weekend, you are staring at your pile of dirty laundry wishing there was a way you didn’t have to do it. In Kampala, Uganda there is an easy and convenient way: Yoza. Yoza is an application that connects people who need their laundry done to the people offering laundry services in the area. Solomon Kitumba, a 24 year old was inspired to start the company when he was struggling to get laundry done one weekend. He tried to find someone to do it for him and found someone, a single woman who lived right next door. A few weeks later, a working prototype for Yoza was created. Just like Kenya, in Kampala, there are a lot of students and single professionals who need help with laundry. The people offering these cleaning services may be difficult to reach. Yoza which is growing day by

Google wants to be the ‘Cloud Company’ by 2020 competing with Amazon Web Services & Microsoft Azure

Business, Internet, Mobile
Urs Hölze, the senior vice president of technical infrastructure at Google, predicts that within the next five years, Google’s Cloud Platform revenues could surpass its advertising revenue. Speaking at the Structure Conference, he acknowledged that the company is coming from behind in a market where Amazon GOOG 2.03% Web Services and Microsoft MSFT 1.66% Azure have greater mind share in corporate accounts. But he also said Google has 13 years of experience in big accounts thanks to its Google Search Appliance business and Google Apps. “Our reputation lags reality, but will catch up,” he noted, alluding to product announcements “coming soon.” He did not elaborate. He also held that Google’s cloud growth rate is probably leading the industry in terms of growth, noting that Microsoft

Stats: Facebook and Google dominate time spent with mobile apps by users

Mobile, social media
Facebook and Google apps claim more of U.S. mobile users' time than any other downloads, and they account for more than three times the total number of minutes spent with all enterprise apps, according to a new report. By Matt Kapko CIO The battle for mobile social supremacy is largely a two-horse race these days as Facebook and Google combine to claim one of every four minutes U.S. users spend on mobile devices, according to a report released this week by Forrester Research. Forrester tracked the app use of 1,721 adult smartphone users in the U.S. during the three-month period ending in December 2014. Facebook's collection of mobile apps, including Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp, account for 13 percent of the total people spend using smartphones, according to Forrester. The social

Africa’s E-bay:-Jumia responds to Africa’s growing mobile market

Business, Internet, Mobile
The mobile internet sector in Africa is developing rapidly, with smartphones becoming much more affordable and growing in popularity. Jumia, Africa’s leading online retailer, has taken advantage of this with a mobile app that allows an increasing number of Africans to access the e-commerce platform wherever they are. Reports africabusinesscommunities.com The number of mobile subscriptions in Africa has risen rapidly in recent years, from fewer than 25 million in 2001 to over 720 million in 2012. Moreover, many activities that would be carried out on a laptop or PC in Western countries, such as online banking or shopping, are done on mobile phones in Africa. In fact, according to a report published in June 2014 by the Swedish technology company Ericsson, 70% of internet users in the countri

50% of app developers focus on mobile, but they’re Not Writing the next big Silicon Valley App

Business, Mobile
App developers are a pragmatic bunch, spending their time wherever they believe the biggest paycheck will hit. While that used to be the desktop, nearly half the global developer population is now focused on building mobile applications. True to form, these developers aren't necessarily chasing consumer applications, but instead are skewing their efforts to more assured revenue channels like enterprise development, as a new Evans Data developer survey suggests.   Mobile Is Eating The Developer Population According to Evans Data's recently released Developer Population and Demographics Study, of the 19 million software developers in the world, 8.7 million are now writing apps targeted for mobile devices. That number becomes even more impressive when we consider that the mobile develop

25% of Top Global Banks to Have Mobile App Store By 2016

Internet, Mobile
The explosive growth of apps is causing significant challenges for the banking industry, this is according to the latest Gartner reports CIO East Africa Banking CIOs, CMOs and line of business (LOB) heads face two key challenges. The first is that the visibility of customer banking apps in public stores is decreasing due to the total number of apps available; the second is that visibility of apps on bank websites is decreasing as the number of apps a bank deploys increases. This second issue is exacerbated by the fact that most bank web sites do not make it easy for customers to find their apps. Apps are often listed by LOB, making it difficult for a customer to see all the apps offered by the bank, and even if they are listed in one place, the descriptions are often high-level and vag...

Gartner: Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2014

Internet
Gartner just concluded its Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013 in Orlando, gathering tens of thousands of IT executives. Among the most anticipated aspects of the gathering are the ruminations from the Gartner pontificators regarding IT trends.  Among several trends shared were the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014. Here is a summary of those trends: Mobile Device Diversity and Management Gartner suggests that now through 2018, a variety of devices, user contexts, and interaction paradigms will make “everything everywhere” strategies unachievable. The unintended consequence of bring your own device (BYOD) programs has been to render much more complex (by two or three times, Gartner estimates) the size of the mobile workforce, straining both the information technology and the finance o

iCow SMS Mobile App Partners With Safaricom

Mobile
Safaricom has in partnership with Green Dreams Limited officially launched iCow, an SMS based mobile application aimed at promoting smart dairy farming. By subscribing to the short code, *285#, Kenya’s 5 million dairy farmers can now access tips on better farming methods which will help them improve their dairy output and subsequently, their revenues for Kshs. 3 per message. “iCow survey data shows farmers who have been on iCow for 7 months begin to realise an increase of milk of between 2-3 litres per animal per day. This is an increase of about 610-930 litres a year which translates into an average increased income of 25-30k per animal per year. iCow data shows farmers have reduced cow and calf mortality thus enabling farmers grow their greatest asset base,” Su Kahumbu, Green Dreams Li

Small Android Brands edge Apple out of top 5 in India

Mobile
With a mobile phone market growth of 24% in Q1, India has some very surprising report from IDC. A total of 60.7 million phones were shipped in India compared to a 48.8 million in Q1 of 2012. Android leads with 90% of the 6.1 million smartphone shipments with numerous no-brands taking a huge segment of the low prices Android smartphone purchases. India’s Micromax and Karbonn did exeptionally well in the market with second and third spot beating the global giant Nokia which stood at 5.9% marketshare. Micromax was at 18.8% while Kabonn at 10.9% marketshare. Other no-brands were completely high up at 25.7% and if this was grouped up as one brand could be second. more

Testing HIV on mobile devices now possible

Internet, Mobile
A low-cost mobile device that performs HIV testing by just a finger prick and has the ability to synchronize patients’ results with electronic health records in real time has been created. According to a research appearing on Clinical Chemistry, a leading international journal of clinical laboratory science by AACC, the study was conducted by a team of researchers based in Washington, that led to the designing of the device. more