This week in tech: Safaricom Launches Flex, and more weekly tech news
If you are still replaying the Sonko interview, chances are that you weekly tech news. It has been an eventful week in the tech world. As usual, we have compiled a list of top ten weekly tech trends.
In tech news this week:
For the first time in several weeks, Safaricom was smiling all the way to the Prestige Plaza and back to their Westlands office. This is after the telecom giant launched FLEX, a product that allows customers to manage their airtime for data, SMS, and calls. This product will allow Safaricom customers to convert their airtime into FLEX units that can then be allocated to data, SMS, and calls. The minimum plan costs Ksh. 99 and with this, you get 115 FLEX units valid for 24 hours.
2. M-Akiba has unlocked the bonds market since you can now invest in bonds with as low as Ksh. 3,000
This investment opportunity was officially launched on 23rd March 2017 and it is expected to attract ordinary Kenyans who had been locked out of this opportunity due to the high minimum investment amount of Kshs. 50,000. This is great news. Probably one of the best tech news that have happened this week.
3. Tecno finally launched Camon CX and Camon CX Air at an event held at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi
This brings to an end speculations and rumors about the handsets’ specs. Camon CX comes with a 5.5-inch IPS display, Octa-core 1.5GHz, Android Nougat with HiOS, 2GB RAM, and 16MP rear and front cameras.
4. Google has given developers a sneak peak of its next version of OS, Android O
Android v7.0 is barely weaned yet Google has already conceived Android O. The new Android platform comes with several improvements such as saving on battery usage, advanced notification controls, adaptive icons, and much more. This version is set to be released later this year.
5. Kilimall has partnered with Aramex, the global logistics and transport provider to enhance its delivery network
The partnership with Aramex brings the total number of delivery partners to four since the e-commerce site already works with Fargo Courier, Posta Kenya, and G4S. Earlier this year, the company partnered with Safaricom to allow customers to pay for goods and services using Bonga points.
6. Taxify Kenya has introduced a temporary fare hike in what is seen as an effort to revise its price structure
This comes barely two months after the company slashed its fare prices by 15%. You will now pay Ksh. Ksh. 32 per kilometer up from Kshs. 50. The Kshs. 75 base fare and Kshs. 2.3 per minute prices have been maintained. The new fare structure is expected to change beginning April.
This came days after Uber agreed to revise its prices after pressure from its driver partners. This did not receive a lot of focus but it’s not shocking since we cannot expect Taxify to make explicit public statements on the price hike.
7. Remember Nimbuzz? No?
This used to be a social media network before Whatsapp came and divert all the attention it had received. This platform is coming back from the dead since the Mara Social Media Company has announced that it will acquire Nimbuzz assets. At present, it is estimated that the platform has several million users and is compatible with several platforms including Android and iOS. Mara plans to roll out an improved version of Nimbuzz.
8. The My Safaricom App has undergone some changes as it has added M-Pesa to its menu
Earlier, you could access several self-care services within the app but M-Pesa was not one of them. You can view your data balance, redeem Bonga points, check your minutes’ balance, airtime top up, among others.
9. Infinix Mobile is set to launch Infinix S2 on the 10th March 2017
This will be Infinix’s next flagship and it is expected to come with impressive specs.
10. Dingah app
The recently launched Dingah app is great news for the car hire industry since it will connect car hire providers and drivers to potential customers via their smartphones. The app can be accessed via Play Store.
That’s it for tech news this week. Do have a lovely week.