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Huawei Mobile unveils GR5 2017 in the Kenyan Market

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Huawei Mobile Kenya yesterday launched its advanced dual camera device Huawei GR5 2017 in the market targeting to leverage its performance and grow local sales by 50% by bringing more innovative products to the market.

GR5 2017 is a dual camera Smartphone with 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM, a 3270mAh, Finger print 3.0 and 5”.5 FHD display. The GR5 2017 will be retailing countrywide for KES 34,999.

The GR5 2017 is designed for technology trendsetters looking for a superb Smartphone camera on a budget. Like its predecessor – Huawei GR5, the Huawei GR5 2017 offers features and technologies to rival even the most expensive handsets.

The firm says Safaricom will stock the single SIM phones while the dual SIM phone will be sold in the open market.

“This year, for us to maintain sustained growth not just locally but globally, we will be looking to strengthen our supply chain, channels, services and several other areas required to help us streamline our operations, improve the efficiency of our decision-making and implementation, drive our internationalization strategy and proactively develop future capacity,” said Huawei Mobile Kenya Country Manager, Mark Hemaobin.

Key Specs

Size:150.9 mm by 76.2 mm by 8.2 mm

Weight: 162 g (including the battery)

Color:Gray/Gold/Silver
Display:5.5-inch FHD display
CPU:Kirin 655, Octa-Core (4×2.1GHz+4×1.7GHz)
Operation System:AndroidTM 6.0+EMUI 4.1
Memory:3GB RAM+ 32GB ROM/4GB+64GB
Network:(4G)
Main camera: 12 MP +2 MP camera
Secondary camera: 8 MP camera
Battery:3340mAh

WhatsApp to let users edit and recall sent messages.

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WhatsApp could soon introduce the ability to recall sent messages, easing the minds of people that regularly panic after sending texts by mistake. In 2016 Kenyans on twitter popularly known as KOT could not rest for a better part of the day after  a screen short from  one WhatsApp group -Embakasi Prayer Cell, went viral portraying what one member, Ochieng Ocholla popular known ‘Bro Ocholla’’ posted contrary to the groups agenda of the day or purpose.

Ironically, corporate organizations starting with the Kenya airways to Safaricom, Orange Mobile, Durex, and KFC all took advantage of the trending topic to reach out to the big audience online with attractive advertisements on their latest offers.

 

The long-awaited feature will mean that users can delete a message from the receiver’s phone if it is yet to be read. The delete function is currently being tested on the beta version of WhatsApp’s next update, along with the ability to edit send messages that haven’t been read.

Features are generally included in beta versions before making them into a full consumer release, although it is unclear when this might be.

As well as these edit tools, WhatsApp is also testing a new feature that could make it a lot easier to coordinate meeting a group of friends.

A new feature unique to WhatsApp is being tested that lets users send friends their moving location so that they can find one another more easily.

Called Live Location Tracking, it lets users show their movements to friends within a group chat. They can opt to share their moving position for a limited time of one, two or five minutes.

 


It builds on WhatsApp’s popular send your location feature that allows users to share their exact position at a given time.

WhatsApp users will probably have to manually turn it on in Settings, allaying privacy fears. It is currently being tested in the beta version of the messaging app’s next update, meaning that it could soon be released to all users, although no time frame has been announced.

Other features being tested in the beta include the ability to reply to status messages, as well as shaking you phone within a conversation to contact WhatsApp and report spam.

One of its biggest focuses recently has been to add live features that take it beyond text messaging, such as video calling. It also recently added the ability to edit pictures and draw on them, in a similar way to Snapchat.

 

Egypt; You Never Need to Carry Your Credit/Debit Card with QPAY Ever Again

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QPAY, founded by Ömer Kräkiry, is a cloud based secure mobile Wallet app for shoppers.

Make Your Payments using your mobile phone. There is no substitute for the convenience and luxury of making purchases from your mobile phone, “Qpay” is the payment app that converts all of your debit/credit cards image to qr code to be used in payment without the need to carry a card in your wallet. Hence you don’t need to worry about not carrying all your debit/credit cards or the loss of one of your cards.

Qpay Wallet users can purchase goods just by opening the app and presenting an auto-generated qr code to the cashier, who then zaps it with an ordinary qr code scanner in order to complete the transaction.

Some of the features of the QPAY include:
1 providing peace of mind hassle free credit card payments from your mobile phone simply just download the app and start shopping!
2 simply link your existing Credit, Debit and Prepaid payment cards to your “QPAY” Secure Wallet. Cards are stored in a secure and isolated (protected) cloud network.
3 Multi-layer security and multiple encryption technologies ensure that the app is strongly secure.
4 QPAY does not charge any monthly fee to Wallet users, but charges an individual if the number of cards exceeds more than one.

State of the Art Multi-layer security and multiple encryption technologies have made “QPAY” Wallet the most secure credit card payment used today which ensures that no information will be given out.

 

228 GLOBAL ; A Simple but Secure Mobile Money Payment & Acceptance Platform

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PayOnMobile, anchored on the mobile phone technology with local businesses as target for the economic gains and shared prosperity that mobile money guarantees is 228 Global’s pioneer innovative solution. 228 Global, founded by Adeluwoye Adekunle Oluwatosin, is an IT-focused, business development and support, innovation Startup company established basically to serve as a vehicle for the deployment of innovative client-centric services, with particular focus on mobility provided by the mobile phone technology.

PayOnMobile was conceived with passionate consideration to upscale the usage and acceptance of mobile money taking cognizance of its great potential in providing financial inclusion for the huge number of the unbanked within the society, while also providing viable e-commerce/business growth tools for many MSMEs, who may not be able to access the more sophisticated existing solutions. PayOnMobile seeks to profitably address the identified huge gap that exists for the benefit of all.

Their  value proposition is to enable users enjoy the convenience, ease, and safety that m-payments provides by providing them the platform to shop or access goods and services at their choice local stores, at no extra cost. As well as give small businesses (MSMEs), as well as bigger ones, access to prompt and affordable mobile Fintech solution that not only help them tap into the e-commerce trend but ensure e-payment cost does not break their pocket. And Upscale usage for increase profiting to all stakeholders.

For more information click here. 

A Brief Look At Huawei GR5 Dual-Camera.

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Huawei’s committed on making 2017 the year of the dual-camera, as the company has launched two new dual-camera equipped smartphones. While the Mate 9 phablet will probably get the most oohs and aahs from bystanders, a majority of consumers who want to try out the dual-camera magic will most certainly drop towards the more affordable GR5.

The GR5 is a big improvement over last year’s model, though it’s also more expensive. Today we’ll be checking out what Huawei’s dual-camera arrangement brings to the table, and what it means for you.

A premium-looking exterior .

Huawei’s original GR5 looked more expensive than it actually, The 2017 GR5 has a composite metal body, meaning, a body that’s been infused with both metal and glass to achieve a premium-looking exterior, and the phone mostly looks the part. The rear of the device has a metal back with plastic strips on the top and bottom for the requisite antennas. There’s a very slight chamfer on the side where the plastic front meets the metal back.

The dual-rear camera module stick out a few millimetres from the rear, sporting a concentric circle design and a metal-looking bezel. If there’s one flaw in the phone’s design, it’s definitely this, since the bezel isn’t completely flat with the glass protecting the cameras, it’s the first thing that contacts a surface when you lay the phone down, camera first. Since the bezel is so thin, it’s very easy to damage and chip. To be fair Huawei does include a case with every purchase that should mitigate that, though it makes the phone a wee bit stouter when installed.

Right below the dual-camera setup is the fingerprint scanner, and much like the other fingerprint scanners on Huawei’s phones, the one in the 2017 version of the GR5 unlocks the phone quickly and easily. Setting up that fingerprint scanner is quick and easy.

Going around the phone, you’ll see the volume rocker and power button on the right, while the 3.5mm jack is located up top. The micro SD/SIM tray is located on the left side of the device, while the USB port is on the bottom, flanked by speaker grilles (though only the right grille actually generates audio).

The phone uses a 5.5-inch LCD display that has full HD resolution (1920 x 1080). Colors are good overall and the display is bright enough to see even under noonday sun. One thing that we did notice though that it’s a little washed out for our tastes, though we’ve probably been spoiled by the amount of AMOLED displays we’ve been seeing lately. In any case, the phone’s display does its job well, and we have no major issues with it.

Phone GR5 takes a huge leap in terms of processor performance over its predecessor, armed with a HI Silicon Kirin 655 octa-core processor motoring along at blistering 2.1GHz, compared to the Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor in the previous model. Aside from higher clock speed, the 2017 version of the GR5 also benefits from a better, smaller and more efficient 16nm manufacturing process, unlike the 28nm lithography of the Snapdragon 616 processor in last year’s model, and Snapdragon 430 in the GR5 2017’s closest competitors.The 2017 GR5 has no issues with connectivity, with the phone receiving excellent LTE speeds as long as your network does its part. The phone connects to GPS satellites quickly, and we experienced zero issues with call quality. Sound from the speakers are a little soft though, and sound a bit tinny.

The 2017 GR5 is equipped with two cameras at the rear: a primary 12-megapixel shooter and a 2-megapixel secondary camera. Just like the Honor 6 Plus, the 2-megapixel secondary camera is for taking depth information, which is combined with the 12-megapixel main camera to produce software bokeh in shots.

This year’s GR5 gets a leg up in the battery department compared to its older brother, packing a 3340mAh battery inside of its body. Huawei quotes around two days of battery life on a single charge, which is quite a claim.

 

 

 

 

Kowane; An Online Fashion Marketplace that Converges Brick and Mortar Stores and eCommerce

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Kowane is a central online marketplace for fashion in Africa.Only 6% of the players in the African fashion industry have online presence, the remaining 94% still operate on brick and mortar basis. Kowane is a platform for brick and mortar designers, manufacturers and retailers to register and sell their fashion wares on the platform – exposing them to an entire world of fashion lovers, and enabling them to sell even internationally, irrespective of physical location and size of the business. Shoppers can shop their favorite brick and mortar stores no matter where they are, have an endless array of options and compare prices of the same products by different sellers, without moving an inch.

Basically it’s an online marketplace for all fashion stores with verified physical addresses to upload and sell to the massive community of online users.

Sellers don’t have to bother about logistics and delivery to customers, just register your store, get verified and start uploading your apparels for free. Kowane takes a commission after sales have been made. And the best part is you can deliver anywhere in the world.

For more information click here.

FueledUp; Your Personal Fuel Filling Station

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FueledUp, founded by Subomi Owo-Odusi, is a mobile application that enables people to fuel their cars on the go eliminating the inconvenience of queuing at  filling stations.
It is your Personal Filling station, a mobile application that enables an on-demand fuelling service making sure you never stop for fuel again. Their aim is to create convenience for the everyday use of petroleum products

The app is also designed to spare Nigerians the trouble of sleeping in queues while trying to get fuel in times of scarcity. As a result of incessant queues and black market activities, there are insane traffic jams as well as a hike in the price of everything.

Hence their technology approach would not only help solve distribution issues but also reduce traffic flow.

After downloading the app, the customer can discover the prices available through the “Get FueledUp” button, which one pays using any preferred e-money system. After this, they can enter their car information and how much petrol they need as well as the delivery time. After requesting fuel, customers will pop their fuel tanks or be present during delivery. Once complete you will receive a notification on your device that you’ve been refilled and are ready to go wherever.

CashMadam; Your Mobile Business Assistant

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CashMadam, founded by Mahassin Quadri, is a simple, innovative solution created to help small and growing business owners, who largely remain undeserved in the technology boom, due to computer illiteracy and poverty, solve business challenges that affect revenue and business growth. CashMadam is an app that records relevant business information and converts this information using basic triggers to prompt the user to take the right actions and decisions.

The same can be downloaded and used right away, anywhere at any time. It helps small and growing business owners, use technology to automate their businesses to increase profit and grow. In App features include inventory management, stock alerts, sales/receipts, updates on profit and loss, daily reports, etc.

The app can monitor employee theft, lets you know how much you’ve grown and at what rate, its sorts customer records; by alphabetical order, by number of orders, or total spend, while knowing if your customer spending is rising or falling.

With Cashmadam, you literally have an assistant to help with the progress of your business in real time inside your pocket. For more click here.

WIFix.ng Makes Repairing Your Phone or Device Hustle Free

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WIFix.ng, created by Olajide Ogunrinola in June 2016, is an online repair platform in Nigeria. Based in Lagos state. They offer standard repairs for mobile devices to customers. With just a few clicks, you can request a repair, have your device picked up and returned to you in no time, at no extra charge.

They are authorised to fix your Apple, Samsung, Blackberry,Wiko, Microsoft, Fero, Lenovo & Huawei; Phones, Tablets and Laptops.

WIFix.ng was created out of the need to give control to, and protect consumers in an industry without a structure. Their partners have over 14 years of experience and the flaws of the industry is their advantage as it has given us a ready market from which they now have loyal customers. The Nigerian Tech industry is at infancy with investment opportunities; with appropriate investment and expertise, the potential of this market is unlimited.

So if your device breaks, don’t panic. Wifix offers full repair service for all mobile devices. Their highly trained technicians will have your device ready in time for that event or meeting you have to attend. You can also keep an eye on the repairs by tracking your device. Furthermore, they offer a 14 day warranty for all their repairs.

For more on WIFix.ng click here

LG’s V20 Military-grade impact resistance phone guarantees less cracked screens

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Chances are that you have experienced that unfortunate moment when your phone slips out of your hand and the screen is smashed to pieces. Not only is that unsightly, it can potentially make your phone impossible to use.

We have in the recent past seen many people opting to use cases for their devices, ensuring that the screen and other durability features are further reinforced, but some argue that cases take away from the smartphone experience.

Worry about that no more, LG’s forward thinking V20 that has features to effectively prevent breaking.

Experts estimate that nearly half of all active smartphones are currently broken, meaning that cracked screens or waterlogged phones are extremely common.

 

The new LG V20 however shows that the phone is intended for extended use with features that effectively resist breaking, even by accident. Through this model, LG has been successful in keeping a phone sleek, lightweight and still durable.

 

This innovative phone was constructed using premium materials that can commonly be found on aircraft, sail boats and mountain bikes.

 

It passed drop tests conducted by an independent lab that conforms to US military standards, the results of which show that the phone can survive repeated drops landing in a variety of positions.

 

Another test by Android Authority was able to crack the screen only after dropping it on screen from about eight feet in the air.
“Once in a while our smartphones slip through our fingers and fall, when that happens, your phone had better be LG V20. This trendsetting phone’s chassis uses the military grade material made for aircraft. Drop tests have shown that LG V20 is tough and unbreakable, it is designed to handle fairly standard drop heights,” said Moses Marji, General Manager Marketing LG Electronics.

Apart from being unbreakable, the phone has a wide-angle lens making it capable of capturing wonderful selfies. Additionally, it has an HD audio recorder that picks only prominent voices and cancels background noise. The recorder uses sophisticated microphones which empower users to create studio quality recordings.

 

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Why Mobile Data Is The New Battle Front for Telecommunications.

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Mobile data has become the new battle front for telecommunication companies as revenues from calls decrease and messaging apps eat into the SMS revenue stream. Mobile data internet subscriptions have created a fighting arena where telecoms have to define their dominance by offering better mobile data deals and higher internet speeds.

It has come to this point. Who is faster? Who is better? In the telecommunication battle in Kenya, Safaricom 4G or Airtel 4G?  And how will pricing affect that balance. Well, very soon it will depend on how the majority of Kenyans use their cell phones, especially on social media and other online platforms. In the new digital world, efficiency needs will define your position before pricing.

Airtel Kenya announced on Friday that it expects to start a countrywide rollout of high-speed 4G internet network in April, largely dependant on the success of  tests in 20 sites in Nairobi from next week. The pilot in Nairobi will be followed by connection in Mombasa and Kisumu, growing the sites covered to 65, the second-largest mobile network provider said.

The mobile Telco Company has said a 4G network will allow consumers to enjoy faster browsing speed and explore more media on diverse devices.

Airtel will be the second mobile service provider to unveil the 4G network, after Safaricom Limited launched an expanded 4G network which now is fully available in seven cities, and the surrounding areas .

The industry statistics, released by the Communications Authority of Kenya, show Safaricom still controls the lion’s share of the mobile data market even though its subscriptions declined by 2.2 percentage points compared to the previous quarter. Airtel Kenya’s data market share recorded a 3.1 percentage point growth, increasing from 18% to 21.1%.where on my opinion pricing of data was in control.

The pricing undercurrents when it comes to digital services, changes a little to what we are used to in other commodities. For example, Kenya has very price sensitive consumers, goods with cheaper prices tend to move faster but I believe the same does not apply especially in telecommunication services. Cheap means you are compromising on something.

To drive mobile data uptake, Safaricom had implemented a 36% reduction in data pricing, cheaper 4G devices at Safaricom shops and specialized 4G bundles as it continues its investment in building the most advanced 2G, 3G and 4G capability.

Safaricom introduced My Data Manager, a tool that gives customers power to control data bundle usage, Customers can dial 544# to access My Data Manager. This tool, is  available on any handset from a short code,1002#ok (prepay) or *2002# for post pay and  follow the prompts .This will allow customers to block further airtime use after using up their bundle.

When it’s come to data, Airtel offers a cheaper alternative to Safaricom but at bigger compromise on efficiency, when I assign a value to efficiency then the table flips.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Facebook is the bridge to the new mobile economy for small business.

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Facebook is supporting Kenyan businesses that want to grow internationally by providing them with powerful new tools and resources that enable them to connect with people in new countries. These new solutions help small businesses become large and local businesses become global.

More than 1 billion people on Facebook are connected to at least one business in a foreign country, and 1.57 billion people visit Facebook each month on mobile devices. In Kenya, 50% of people on Facebook are connected to a business in a foreign country and 63% are connected to a Kenyan company.

Businesses can now use a new feature in the Lookalike Audiences tool to reach customers in new countries who are similar to their existing ones. They can do this by uploading a list of existing customers or high-potential leads.

Advertisers with website conversion or mobile app install objectives can use Facebook’s extended location targeting capabilities by selecting a worldwide region or trade zone. Facebook will deliver ads to selected regions and then optimise delivery to the countries with the greatest return.

Facebook is also introducing solutions to help businesses optimise their global campaign strategy, including webinars on international marketing with Facebook and a handbook on finding the right customers in new countries.

FunKidz, and Eat out Kenya are the small and medium businesses showcased rapid growth in market share accelerated by Facebook business page in Kenya. Facebook Marketing has proved to work exceptionally well for some businesses while disappointing others. Often the ones who have given up on Facebook are those who had overly high expectations on market share for a short while.

FunKidz is Innovative children’s brand opened 5 years ago. FunKidz provide high quality children’s furniture designed and manufactured in Kenya founded by Owner Ciiru Waweru and started advertising in 2013 with great success. Since then, FunKidz expanded into export markets such as Uganda and Rwanda, as a direct result of Facebook.

While, Eat out Kenya is an online restaurant guide, booking system and magazine. Founded in 2010 by Mikul Shah. Eat Out has since grown from a blog with 1 employee to a full-fledged company with an amazing team of 13 and they are still growing.  Facebook is the only marketing platform used. They have won numerous awards including Kenya Tourism Award for Best Digital Media.

Funkidz has more than 104k fun while Eat out Kenya has more than 152k fun, if we consider daily active Facebook subscribers, it true to say business page give the best platform for advertising products. Simple factors that are free when it comes to Facebook adverts impacts positively the markets share of your products.

How Essential Mobile Apps Are For Business Growth Nowadays.

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App based service has of recent increased to target the high uptake of smart phone in the Kenyan market. Apps have developed to improve healthcare, banking, and livelihood for those who need it most. It is here in East Africa’s tech hub that innovation is occurring in its freshest form. Out of necessity, app based are targeting the high number of daily active uses to deliver their services.

The majority of available apps is B2C since B2B mobile apps are only now starting to enter the mobile app market. The potential for growth is huge, you can still conclude that the app market is really big. Most users of mobile apps are between 25 and 30 years old, are married, live in suburban areas.

Mobile app users are generally younger, more educated and have higher income than other cell phone holders. Businesses that integrate mobile into their strategy can engage an entirely new type of customer an instantly connected one. Smartphone users generally prefer to multi-task and be on-the-go.

This is based on the Google Consumer Barometer survey, 71% of Kenyans aged between 16-24 years are online every day,55% are aged between 25-34 years while 38% are aged between 35-44 years, 51% aged between 45-54 years who use the internet are also on the internet daily. The largest number of online traffic is usually through smartphones which represents 27% with 8% using computers and only 1% using tablets.

Also report shows that 83% of Smartphone owners In Kenya are using them to check the time, 78% for music, and 71% to set an alarm while 69% use them to take photos. According to the Jumia report which surveyed 576 respondents, the most popular activity on smartphones was chatting and social networking at 78%, calling at 75%, E-mails and online browsing both accounted for 69%, followed by the data heavy activities falling under entertainment; 57% of respondents played games, listened to music and watched videos on their smartphone.

Due to high daily active internet user, and high uptake of smartphones, it has paved way for many apps based service in Kenya. According to statistics it shows a middle aged between 24-34 years, who are Also working class, will provide a competitive market for delivery service. Some of well-established service app include.      

Uber, an app based transport company, has drawn the anger of conventional taxi operators in nearly every market it has entered. Nairobi has been no exception. The company which promises to revolutionize the transit system had a soft launch in Kenya early last

Little cab is another application which has been enjoying positive uptake among residents of the city. The application also uses GPS mapping to allow users connect to Little-approved cabs nearest to them, estimate the amount of fare needed and have the taxi pick them up often in a matter of minutes

Barcode Scanner is an application that one able to scan the bar codes of each perfume that one may be able to sell to your customers and instantly you get the manufacture date, the expiry date and one is able to know the authenticity.

Huge corporations can afford to generate their own inborn apps with truck load of cohesive elements, making the customer experience as perfect as possible.

South Africa; Wumdrop’s Deliver 2 Me App Considered the ‘Uber for Deliveries’

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This essentially means that in order to ensure their item is delivered, a customer might sometimes have to remain in the same place for the entire day. Depending on what service they’re using, they may not even be able to track their parcel or get hold of the courier to find out when it will arrive.

However, with Deliver 2 Me, which aims to be a convenient delivery solution, uses geo-location services (already used in apps like uber) to avoid the need for specific street delivery addresses.  This means customers can pick a time, a date and they don’t even need to be at a recognized street address.

“Deliver 2 Me is the next logical step in Wumdrop’s journey,” says Hartley. “We started this business because we believed it was ridiculous that people couldn’t get local packages at the exact time and date that they wanted, and were beholden to the back office mechanics of arcane delivery services.”

The service was tested during December 2016 to a tourist in Table Mountain, a surfer on Blouberg Beach, and a hipster moving between Long Street and Mzoli’s requiring a location change.

“…Africa as a continent enjoys one of the highest growing rates of smartphone penetration in the world, making Deliver 2 Me the perfect example of an African solution with application to a global problem,” he says.

The Cape Town based company, which has been described as ‘Uber for deliveries’, has been on something of a hot streak since its inception, snagging the 2015 MTN App Of The Year Award and racking up around 33 000 subscribers to its service.

Deliver 2 Me looks to have the potential to expand Wumdrop’s reach and reputation significantly.

“Fairly soon after starting Wumdrop it became apparent to us that the very concept of addresses was one of the biggest inhibitors of getting packages to individuals accurately,” Hartley says. “So for the last 18 months we’ve been driving at a scalable solution to deliver to people, not places.”

If more businesses and consumers start to use Wumdrop’s latest creation, it won’t be long before this young company becomes a household name.

Huawei collaborates with Google & Amazon to develop an Intelligent Phone

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At CES® 2017, Huawei showcased its Intelligent Phone, an AI-powered device which will be able to anticipate users needs by matching the way they think and feel.

The new device will emulate the human capacity to interact with and understand the world around it. For example, the Intelligent Phone will need advanced computer vision to see and understand its surroundings. It will need more intelligent and developed microphones through which to hear and identify different sounds. It will require advances in power and battery life to process vast amounts of information.

To accelerate the development of the Intelligent Phone, Huawei is working to further develop its sensor technology, machine learning, data management and chipset. By embracing these new advances, Huawei believes the Intelligent Phone will unify digital and human intelligence to make our lives better.

According to Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu pointed to the three pillars the Huawei brand – passion, collective wisdom and meaningful innovation – to explain the company’s success.

“Currently people connect with the digital world using their smartphones. In the future, the Intelligent Phone will change all of this. The Intelligent phone will be an extension of who we are – an indispensable part of our lives that uses artificial intelligence to adapt to our needs, allowing us to seamlessly interact with the real and digital worlds,” Mr. Yu said.

In 2016, Huawei shipped more than 139 million smartphones, a 29 percent increase over 2015. According to IPSOS, its global brand awareness has also seen steady growth, rising from 76% to 81%, with a 66.7% and 100% increase in overseas user consideration and preference.

Through its continued investment in R&D, which surpassed $38 billion over the last 10 years, Huawei aims to drive the next era of innovation to inspire and empower mankind. As part of this strategy, Huawei will leverage the collective wisdom of the world’s brightest minds, both within and outside the company, to help shape the next era of consumer technology.

Most recently, Huawei opened the new Max Berek Innovation Lab with Leica, deepening its strategic partnership with the world leader in photography and imaging.

Collaborating with Industry Leaders

Today Huawei is working in close partnership with some of the most exciting and innovative companies. As part of Mr. Yu’s keynote, he unveiled landmark partnerships with Amazon and Google as collaborations that will accelerate the development of new, innovative technologies and experiences.

Mr. Yu also revealed that the Huawei Mate 9 will be available in the U.S. market and will be Huawei’s first smartphone to come with voice-interactive app, Amazon Alexa.

Steve Rabuchin, Vice President of Amazon Alexa, introduced the Mate 9 with Alexa: “With Amazon Alexa on Huawei’s Mate 9, customers can easily perform everyday tasks while on the go – using just their voice. This includes controlling their smart home, checking the news, requesting a ride from services like Uber, and more.”

The Huawei Mate 9 Pro and Huawei Porsche Design Mate 9 are Huawei’s first Google Daydream-ready devices for users to explore immersive virtual reality content and experiences. According to Amit Singh, Vice President of Business and Operations for Google’s Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality team, in 2017, in addition to bringing high quality VR on Huawei devices through Daydream, Google and Huawei will work together to offer high quality smartphone AR on Huawei devices through Project Tango’s motion tracking, area learning and depth perception technologies.

These partnerships, and Huawei’s expansive ecosystem of global partners, are strategic collaborations that will lead to richer, more rewarding integration over time to help shape the next era of consumer technology.

“Today our focus is to bridge innovation and technology, create an elite ecosystem of industry visionaries and offer products that significantly enhance the way people connect with one another,” said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “As we look to the future, we’re at the threshold of an exciting new era where we’re breaking through barriers to improve the way we interact with the world. The introduction of the Intelligent Phone is the next evolution in mobile that will provide intelligence to every aspect of our lives, enriching the way we experience the world around us.

TNM and Kirusa bring InstaVoice services to Malawi

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Kirusa has launched the InstaVoice, Celeb and Sports services. The services allows TNM subscribers to manage their missed calls, voicemail and voice messages over the InstaVoice app.

With its blogging feature, InstaVoice aims to bring celebrities and fans together. The feature allows celebrities to interact with fans immediately and on a regular basis. The app also allows users to respond to missed calls and voicemails over a intuitive chat-like interface.

Speaking on the launch, TNM Chief Officer – Consumer Services, Daniel Makata, said, “The new addition will offer flexible communication features to TNM subscribers. As the company continues providing innovative products and services to its clients, this is another first from TNM which will enable customers to send and receive InstaVoice messages seamlessly in Malawi and across the world.”

Makata added, “TNM is nurturing Malawians’ urge to remain continually updated in the fields of sports and entertainment, through smart content partnerships. Kirusa platforms have helped us connect with local celebrities and further enabled celebs to keep in touch with their Malawian fan base.”

Surinder S. Anand, Vice President of product management, Kirusa says, “This partnership is the result of Kirusa’s pursuit of excellence, and consistency to ensure quality in products, services, and support. Kirusa and TNM will be marketing a cobranded InstaVoice app to users in Malawi.

HUAWEI Mate 9 Wins Eight Awards at CES 2017

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HUAWEI Mate 9 has won 8 awards at CES 2017 from top global technology media outlets for its power, performance, design and the dual-lens camera.

The top media including the  Wall Street Journal, TechAdvisor, TechnoBuffalo and more also for its integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Daydream and highlighted the Mate 9’s new partnership and the firm was named Manufacturer of the Year, crediting its great devices, business acumen and technological leadership for its breakout success in 2016.

Here are the awards the HUAWEI Mate 9 received at CES 2017:

The Wall Street Journal selected the HUAWEI Mate 9 as one of its ‘Best of CES 2017’ products. The editors highlighted the device’s display, processor, charging capabilities and Leica dual-lens camera. The Wall Street Journal is one of the top publications in the world and considered the most widely-read newspaper in the U.S. business and investment community.

Android Police awarded the HUAWEI Mate 9 the ‘Best of Smartphones’ for its integration with Amazon Alexa, which makes it a standout device at CES. Android Police is a blog dedicated to everything related to Android that is read by Android and technology enthusiasts.

BGR named the HUAWEI Mate 9 a ‘CES 2017 Winner’ because of its display, performance, battery and integration with Amazon Alexa. BGR is a leading online destination for news and commentary focused on the mobile and consumer electronics markets. It attracts readers that are early adopters, savvy technology fans and casual readers.

Chip Chick recognized the HUAWEI Mate 9 as a ‘Top Pick of CES 2017’ following the smartphone’s launch in the U.S. and collaboration with Amazon Alexa. Established in 2004, Chip Chick was one of the first sites to focus on technology for women, offering a lifestyle perspective on the world of consumer electronics.

Talk Android named the HUAWEI Mate 9 a ‘Best of CES 2017’ product, crediting its impressive dual-camera and powerful Kirin 960 chip. Talk Android is a site dedicated to reporting on Android and Google related mobile news. Its content is focused on new handsets, software developments, apps, and everything Android.

TechAdvisor/PC Advisor included the HUAWEI Mate 9 in its CES ‘Top Picks 2017’, highlighting the device’s integration with Amazon Alexa. TechAdvisor/PC Advisor is a leading global consumer technology publication that provides advice to users who want to purchase the best devices at a great value.

TechnoBuffalo awarded the HUAWEI Mate 9 ‘Best of CES 2017’ for its integration with Amazon Alexa, processor, smart app management, battery and beautiful display. TechnoBuffalo covers a wide range of technology-related topics from devices to industry trends. The site provides value to the reader through editorial commentary, descriptive ‘how-to’ guides, and immersive video.

Techaeris included the HUAWEI Mate 9 on its ‘Best of CES 2017’ list due to the device’s powerful Kirin 960 chipset, SuperCharge technology, Leica dual-lens camera and Amazon Alexa integration. Techaeris publishes in-depth stories, news coverage and product information and reviews. It covers everything from technology to science, art, photography and lifestyle.

 

Behold the Nokia 6, an Android Nougat powered 4G smartphone

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HMD Global Oy, the firm which secured the exclusive Nokia brand licensing rights in mobile phones in late 2016, today launched the Nokia 6 smartphone in China targeting over 552 million smartphone users in the country.

With an aluminium unibody,  the Nokia 6 display has a bright hybrid in-cell 5.5” screen with full HD resolution and incredible colour reproduction wrapped in 2.5D Gorilla Glass. The display stack is laminated together with a polarizer layer enabling excellent sunlight readability and slim form. Nokia 6 runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 430 processor with X6 LTE modem designed for excellent battery life and superior graphics performance.

The Nokia 6 has 4GB RAM and 64GB storage with which to run the latest version of Android Nougat and is packed with entertainment to bring to life the latest that Android has to offer. The dual amplifiers deliver a 6dB louder sound than a regular amp, giving higher voice, deeper bass and unmatched clarity.

The Nokia 6 packs a 16MP phase detection auto focus rear camera for sharp detailed pictures, and an 8MP front camera.

Arto Nummela, CEO, HMD Global said: “Our ambition is to deliver a premium product, which meets consumer needs at every price point, in every market. We start today, with our premium, high quality Nokia 6; built to deliver a fantastic core user experience for Chinese consumers. We look forward to unveiling further products in the first half of this year.”

Nokia 6 will debut exclusively through JD.com in early 2017 in China. Competitively priced for the aspirational smartphone user, the Nokia 6 is 1699 CNY ($245.57)at JD.com.

Airtel Africa appoints another ”ambassador” from India to revive its ailing customer service

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Though Airtel is the world’s number three telco user base, it just don’t get how some markets work and it keeps sending ”ambassadors”from home or nearby markets to help turn its fortunes around  instead of just putting its customers in charge like having a selfcare service to allow me replace my own  SIM.

The Delhi-based firm is reluctant to push its own flawless mobile money platform but has been hugely despised for its fat kid entitlement mentally threatening to pull out of Kenya over what it terms unfair competition from Safaricom but analysts blame it for its own rigid and mean customer acquisition strategies.

The telco maybe be trying to solve some of these problems by its December appointment of Rajeev Sethi as the Chief Commercial Officer for its Africa operations reporting to Raghunath Mandava, MD & CEO, Airtel Africa. Mandava was appointed from India a few months ago.

Rajeev brings with him over 21 years of diverse experience across several sectors such as Telecom, IT, Paints and Petroleum. Till recently, Rajeev was at the Telenor group where he served for more than 7 years. In his last assignment, he worked as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Grameen Phone, the largest operator in Bangladesh.

The firm says Rajeev will be responsible for the formulation and implementation of customer-centric commercial strategies across all the 15 African countries where Airtel operates; especially across Consumer and Enterprise Businesses covering products and pricing, distribution, brand and customer experience.

Announcing his appointment, Raghunath Mandava said, “We are delighted to welcome Rajeev to Airtel Africa team. With his vast experience across a range of developing markets, Rajeev will contribute immensely in accelerating our growth journey. I am confident that Rajeev will take the Airtel brand to greater heights”.