Micro –retailers Shaping the Digital Marketplace

  Growth in online presence by micro-retailers presents a golden opportunity for players in the digital economy Online presence allows micro-retailers to scale without the need to invest in physical structures The forum emerged from the Smart Duka initiative which begun in 2015   Micro-retailers with an online presence offer a promising channel to distribute digital products and services, say industry pundits. Presentations at the Fifth Micro-Retail Stakeholder Forum, which was hosted by international nonprofit TechnoServe, found that micro-retailers are increasingly using online platforms to access credit, suppliers and sell…

Samsung A12: Your Perfect low budget Smartphone

  The low budget smartphone market in Kenya is gaining traction with entry of smartphones that contain premium features.  One such phone is the Samsung Galaxy A12: when it comes to design, this budget Samsung Galaxy A12 smartphone has almost clicked all the right boxes. The Galaxy A12 is made mostly out of plastic and has a matte finish. The smartphone is a few millimetres thick but that has to be obvious taking into account the huge battery that the phone has packed. This device looks good on hand almost…

Smartphone Global Shipment Report Places realme Among Top 5 In 15 Regions

World-fastest growing smartphone maker, realme is among the Top 5 brands in 15 regions according to Q4 2020 Canalys global smartphone shipment report. The brand that has been making inroads in the Kenyan market by launching 6 phones as well as AIot products last year in just 4 months, has also been making global news becoming the first in the world to ship over 50 million units with Kenya being one of the major markets. According to the shipment report, realme ranked fourth and holds its position as the fastest-growing…

E-Boda-Bodas: a promising day for electric transportation in East Africa

 Forty-nine motorcycles made little noise but raised much interest in Nairobi’s Karura Forest this morning, as the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a pilot electric bikes project in the presence of Kenyan government officials and business leaders. Following the pilot phase in four locations in Kenya, the project is expected to expand in an effort to reduce air pollution, improve national energy security and create green jobs.   “Kenya is importing more motorcycles than cars, doubling its fleet every 7-8 years. These are generally inefficient and poorly maintained polluting motorcycles,” said Joyce Msuya, UNEP…

Samsung Named Top Global TV Manufacturer

Samsung has topped the global TV market for the 15th consecutive year, according to global market research firm, Omdia. Newly released data published on February 23 2021 notes that Samsung recorded 31.8% in global TV market share by revenue in Q4 2020 and retained the largest annual category market share by revenue in 2020, at 31.9%. Locally the electronics manufacturer also noted an increase in the purchase of TV’s especially at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 with more Kenyans choosing to upgrade their TV sets from normal digital…

Kenyans to create African Inspired stickers for Hype

Two Kenyan artists, Brian Omolo and Lulu Kitololo were selected to collaborate with Opera, the Norwegian browser developer, in creating original sticker packs that reflect everyday expressions unique to Kenyans for Hype, its new dedicated chat service. Hype, the first African inspired chat service which is built into mobile browser Opera Mini offers its users a series of stickers created by the two Kenyan artists and as such, Opera has become the first major browser developer to collaborate with African artists. “We are extremely happy to celebrate African culture with Hype and we are very…

How NASA Technology Can Help Save The World’s Largest Shark

Credits CNN In a report for Call to Earth, CNN hears how thousands of people around the world are lending a hand to help save the world’s largest fish – the whale shark. Co-founded by Australian marine biologist Brad Norman, The Wildbook for Whale Sharks is an online photo-identification library that uses NASA technology to identify individual sharks by the patterns on their skin. Thousands of ‘citizen scientists’ around the world submit photos that provide critical information about the endangered species’ population hotspots and migration routes. Today, the database holds…

Samsung Surpasses pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S21series

By Michelle Anzaya Samsung Electronics East Africa has announced that this year they broke the record for the targets that were set for Galaxy S21 series devices that were placed on pre order. This is after the electronics manufacturer sold 2500 devices on pre order this year compared to 2000 units sold last year. This comes even as the country continues to record an increase in the uptake of premium devices. Charles Kimari, Samsungs’ Head of Integrated Mobile says that the move to diverse their smartphone range has really had…

realme targeting to increase their market share in Kenya

After making its debut in the Kenyan smartphone market in 2020 with a record release of more than six gadgets in the market, realme now has eyes focused on bigger goals with a target to increase their sales by at least 30 percent in 2021. This year, the smartphone brand will focus on continuously enriching its products and provide suitable young and trend-setting products to users in Kenya. It shall capitalize on the synchronization of our brand, terminal, and sales in order to achieve the said target According to realme,…

How data and technology are Transforming Transport Infrastructure in Africa.

Credits CNN. CNN International’s Eleni Giokos explores explores how data and technology are transforming transport infrastructure across the continent. First up, Giokos visits the Kenya Standard Gauge Railway (S-G-R) to see how it is benefitting the import and export industry. Since it was launched in 2017, the S-G-R has moved more than four million tons of cargo along a vital transportation corridor connecting Naivasha and Nairobi with the Port of Mombasa. Abhishek Sharma, Senior Director of Transport at TradeMark East Africa, tells Giokos how the railway has impacted trade at…