In a recent post on Techloy, Bankole Oluwafemi wrote an insightful expository about how Google is pushing it harder and harder into the deeper trenches in the African market. They are really had at work. They are not just helping businesses come online and creating opportunities for schools to be connected and bringing more youths online and conversant with their product, Google is really putting its money where its mouth is. How?
In a blog post, Joe Mucheru, on the Google African blog, announced a recent support Google has just given to two different organisations that are helping more Kenyan’s embrace technology and connect to the internet. Google gave these two organisations USD 350,000 [approximately NGN55.3 million]. Wow! Who says Google is just playing around? If you don’t believe before that these guys mean real business, it is time to have a rethink. Read more…
The Grand Prize winners of Nokia’s 2011 Create for Millions developer contest were featured at a special awards ceremony held yesterday during the Nokia Developer Day at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain.
This global developer contest received more than 1,200 total submissions, resulting in the same number of new apps published to Nokia Store for use on Nokia Series 40 phones, including the new Asha line. The contest supported Nokia’s strategy by identifying locally relevant content, and served to showcase Nokia’s Series 40 developer offering around both Java and web apps.
But before you keep reading, here’s what led up to this:
At the Developer Parapo event in January 2012, Google announced that its 2012 G-Nigeria event will take place in March this year. Details of this event has now been made available. This year’s event will be Google’s 3rd G-Nigeria. As usual, this will be a 2 days event and it will be holding on 15th and 16th of March, 2012. G-Nigeria will take place at Lagos Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, V/I, Lagos.
The Droid 4 has landed. The fourth incarnation of the most important Android series is now on sale, well not in Nigeria or Africa at the moment, but if you can get someone in the US to get it for you, tell them to check Verizon who is hawking the phone for $199 with a two-year contact, but the phone is also available through Amazon where it’s only $99 on-contract. Either way it’s a solid buy considering the LTE capability and quality hardware, plus we both know if you want to use it here, where you get it doesn’t matter. Read more…
If you own a recent Android, there is a big chance that you have heard the phrase “Tethering” been thrown around. Tethering is a feature in Android phones which helps you share your phones internet connection with other devices around you. You can tether using a USB connection or via Wifi. Some tethering options on Android require rooting and some don’t . For most people, PdaNet is the best tethering option because it’s reliable, accessible, easy to install and use, and easy to troubleshoot.
- Offers wired tethering over USB or wireless tethering via Bluetooth to Windows and Mac OS systems
- Displays data usage in real-time
- Does not require rooting your handset to work.
- Includes an SMS agent so you can send and receive SMS messages while tethered to your computer
- Attempts to hide your tethering from your mobile carrier so you don’t get in trouble for using it without a tethering plan.
- Free to use for 14 days, but after the trial expires, you won’t be able to access secure web sites (sites that use SSL or require a login) without purchasing a license
The 14-day trial is free, so you can get a feel for how well the app runs for you before deciding to purchase it, it supports Mac OS and Windows systems, and you have the option of tethering either wired via USB or wireless via Bluetooth. It’s easy to use, easy to install on your desktop and on your phone, and it doesn’t require root access to run, which is a huge point in its favor. What makes PdaNet a real winner here though is that it’s easy to set up, easy to use, more reliable than any of the other tethering apps we’ve tried, and has support options available for you if you run into trouble.
It lacks the ability to tether to your device over Wi-Fi, which is a bit of a disappointment. Plus, the $16 price tag may be steep for some people, but we think it’s well worth the price of admission. Still, when put alongside other apps in the market that are free, it’s worth considering. Finally, PdaNet requires a desktop client to work—meaning you have to have the companion app installed on your Mac or Windows PC and they both have to be running when you want to tether. It’s not a big deal, but it’s definitely a pain if you’re on the road, need internet access, and forgot to install the PdaNet client on the computer you want to get to the internet with.
Nigerian ICT Advocate, Gbenga Sesan will be holding a live Google Plus hangout
session with finalists
of this year’s Android Developer Challenge. This year’s challenge winners include
- Nigeria’s Afrinolly App,
- Kenya’s Olaleshe and
- Kenya’s Shoppers’ Delight App.
The Google Plus Hangout will be held on Thursday, 17 November at 12 Noon (Nigerian Time). Gbenga will be using the session to post questions to the finalists on what it takes to build a winning app among others. The live session will provide an opportunity for African web developers, entrepreneurs and Internet marketers to hear from the winners about
- the developers’ experience building their winning applications,
- what their experience has been like since winning the contest and
- their plans for the future.
The session will be held in collaboration with Nigeria’s Co-Creation Hub, Kenya’s iHub and the Umbono Tech Incubator in Cape Town.
If you are a web developer, entrepreneur and / start-up owner and wish to contribute to the session, you are expected to post your questions via the session’s Google Moderator page here before Thursday.
If you missed the Mobile Monday Get Techie 1.0 event last week (24 October 2011), here is a chance to re-live the event. The venue was quite full with interesting Developers, Technology Enthusiast, Lawyers, Bankers, Nokia guys and Googlers. The “Get Techie” event was totally different from the previous Mobile Monday events because it took a form of “Question and Answer (Q&A)”. Read more…
MTN is definitely up to something big. This is the feedback from most stakeholders who attended the MTN's Ideas Forum held on Friday, 21 October 2011. Yes, it is a new dawn in the Nigeria’s Mobile Industry as one of the biggest players in the Nigeria mobile space, MTN Nigeria, declares her commitment to invest more into the ecosystem and launch her new app store. This is definitely good news to mobile app developer, tech entrepreneurs and other stakeholders.
MTN Nigeria demonstrates this commitment by holding the first MTN Ideas forum. The forum was held in Southern Sun Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos with major stakeholders in attendant. Representatives from Google, Nokia and other key players in the mobile industry were present at the event to rub minds together on the upcoming opportunity in the Industry. Read more...