Popularity of smartphones in Africa

Popularity of smartphones in Africa
Published: 02 March 2017 (4826 Views)
Africa maybe perceived by some as underdeveloped when it comes to technology but there is incredible growth in the use of smartphones especially in countries such as Kenya, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa. This is because of the versatility and portability of the mobile devices.

Mobile phones are generally affordable for most people and users can usually access the internet quite easily and the number of smartphone connections across the continent has grown at an impressive rate over the last few years. The use of smartphones has also allowed Africans to largely skip the use landlines.

These trends have encouraged telecom companies to develop new products and services in order to compete effectively in the marketplace. Growth is promising as there now more than 500 million people using mobile phone services in the continent.

Sending text messages and taking pictures or videos for social media, education or business are some of the most popular uses of smartphones. Other uses include mobile banking, consuming news whether it is political or just gossip.

Mobile-related services are increasingly becoming important to Africa's GDP and one of the trends seeing an increase is mobile gaming, which is becoming one of the fastest growing ways of gambling. This is because players to feel and be safe when playing online and it is easier to disperse education so that when users are choosing an online casino, they will know what they need to look out for.

Casino apps that thoroughly test and review online casinos help customers to ensure is that a website is licensed and regulated as this show that gambling laws are being followed and that a governing body oversees them. It can also mean that personal and financial information is well protected. Through the apps or online subscription there are also opportunities to win quick cash prizes.

As for social media, this is one of the most popular uses of smart phones. Facebook, with Whatsapp, and Google dominate the playing field. Lithuanian mobile social platform called Eskimi offers some competition in certain parts of Africa.

Africans are leading what may be the next global trend, which is a major shift to mobile Internet use, with social media as its main drivers than fixed Internet use. This has also led to a seamless move towards mobile money, which has become a vital tool for millions of Africans who use their phones to pay utility bills, settle loans or help out friends in need.

- Byo24News

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Twelve MDC MPs arrested as army continues crackdown

by Mandla Ndlovu | 21 January 2019 | 127 Views

Ramaphosa could use Davos to apply pressure on Mnangagwa

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2019 | 144 Views

Road accident claims five near Chinhoyi

by Staff Reporter | 21 January 2019 | 93 Views

Is it back to normal in Harare?

by BBC | 21 January 2019 | 117 Views

Mnanagwa speaks on DRC ConCourt decision

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2019 | 87 Views

Accident kills five

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2019 | 52 Views

PHOTO: Mthuli Ncube dumps Mnangagwa's scarf?

by Mandla Ndlovu | 21 January 2019 | 118 Views

'Mnangagwa govt riots explanation laughable'

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2019 | 67 Views

Zimbabwe faces bleak future, claims IMF

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2019 | 56 Views

'Zimbabwe electricity imports to continue until 2027'

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2019 | 54 Views

ZRP auctions 200 bales of clothes

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2019 | 49 Views

Chamisa prays for violence victims

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2019 | 49 Views

Chamisa's MPs flee govt terror

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2019 | 56 Views

'Evil little bishop' saddened by the current repression in Zimbabwe

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2019 | 65 Views

Church calls for GNU

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2019 | 53 Views

ZANU PF bribes MDC officials to oust Chamisa

by Mandla Ndlovu | 21 January 2019 | 161 Views

Private media now working against the government of Zimbabwe

by Chrispen Chebundo | 21 January 2019 | 98 Views

When selfish goals stand in the way of national interests

by Mapozho Saruchera | 21 January 2019 | 64 Views

The horror behind Zimbabwe's internet shutdown

by NoViolet Bulawayo | 21 January 2019 | 118 Views

Malema should mind his own business

by Nobleman Runyanga | 21 January 2019 | 115 Views

'I almost killed a man in church' Prophet Chiza confesses

by Mandla Ndlovu | 21 January 2019 | 103 Views

WATCH: Business as usual in Bulawayo

by Staff Reporter | 21 January 2019 | 92 Views

PHOTO: Mnangagwa in bizzare ritual?

by Mandla Ndlovu | 21 January 2019 | 207 Views

I'm looking for the Mkwananzi family from Mgungubani

by Obina Sibanda | 21 January 2019 | 75 Views

Why Matabeles must not die for Zimbabwe

by Israel Dube | 21 January 2019 | 69 Views

These bloody days have broken my heart

by Fungayi Mukosera | 21 January 2019 | 64 Views

The impeachment of President ED is long overdue

by Don Chigumba | 21 January 2019 | 112 Views

Mnangagwa's $1.2 billion loan request rejected

by BBC | 21 January 2019 | 116 Views

Latest on MDC Chairperson Tabitha Khumalo

by Mandla Ndlovu | 21 January 2019 | 183 Views

Zimbabwe police ready to deal with demos

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2019 | 118 Views

Zimbabwe High Court to rule on Internet suit

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2019 | 135 Views

Calling for talks from burning anthills

by Elliot Ziwira | 21 January 2019 | 95 Views

Econet's ZSE market value hits $4bn

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2019 | 74 Views

Zimbabwe to televise high-profile court cases

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2019 | 88 Views

Violence witnesses scared to testify

by Staff reporter | 21 January 2019 | 73 Views