With desktops living in the shadows of their much cooler friends, mobile phones, continental app developers are responding to the needs of Africans on the move.
When it comes to chatting, playing and sharing, more people are doing it with a phone in their hand, so it’s no wonder that mobile applications (apps) are becoming more and more popular on the continent.
big tech brands are now developing their own devices – like phones and speakers – for the African market
The mobile internet sector in Africa is developing rapidly, with smartphones becoming much more affordable and growing in popularity. Jumia 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.
Young techies hunched over laptops in small offices across Africa want to create their own versions of California’s Silicon Valley and some are beginning to attract investors prepared to take a risk in the hope of high returns.
One such start-up, a South African social photography app called Over, last month beat 19 others from around the world to win funding from U-start, an advisor that matches mainly European investors with fledging businesses.