Low Cost Smartphones for the World's Poorest Citizens

The next one billion people on the planet who are first-time users of the internet will likely gain access via a smartphone, not a computer. Moreover, the internet offers them the prospect of new hope and socioeconomic advancement. Why? Many of these people are poor, very poor. In most developing nations, the typical Android smartphone -- typically selling for $400 to $500 -- is way out of reach for many consumers that currently have a feature phone or perhaps no phone at all. These potential smartphone owners currently only have one operating system (OS) choice in the low-cost category, (the under-$150...

By David H. Deans, 02 November 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Africa, Asia, Consumers, Europe, India, LATAM, N America, Research, Smartphones, UAE.

New online app store to launch in the Emirates

An Emirates-based telecommunications company will make its debut with mobile applications as it decides to branch out from its voice services.

Etisalat will hold the new online app store, where customers will be able to purchase apps from their accounts, including games and social networks such as Angry Birds and Facebook

This comes after its voice service sales have fallen over six years. According to Al Ramz Securities, 80% of its revenues were from mobile and landline...

By Dani Millward, 31 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Developers, UAE.