AfricaCom is one of the biggest and best tech events in Africa which gathers senior decision-makers from the entire digital ecosystem. There is a lot to digest – high hopes from tech enthusiasts and a lot more deliverables from companies, impressive gadgets and kooky startups coupled with great news. Take a glimpse of what’s coming up in a few days at AfricaCom; as a reader you might be curious to know what’s in store for tech companies in Africa at this year’s gathering. And here’s little gossip to give you a taster of what’s on the cards – Mozilla will be a part of the many companies networking and showcasing Mozilla’s much known product FirefoxOS.
In fact, one of the many exciting exploration spaces you shouldn’t miss during AfricaCom is Mozilla’s demo zone called “The Village”. Here we have a steady stream of demos, interactions and spontaneous conversations about a wide-range of showcasing movement topics including connected devices, digitally discovering the world around us, and above all FirefoxOS. Naturally Firefox OS is one of the featured devices prominently featured for this event.
This time, we are doing it in style – turning the tables a bit by becoming an exclusive sponsor this year. As you may already know, we are a people’s organization and we will be hosting a number of guests across the three days. This includes prominent FirefoxOS branding, access to our soft drinks, wine and coffee along with a daily lunch. All this will be happening in our village room. Furthermore, speaking and negotiating with people who care so much about our mission alongside our wishes to move our product, are all things that makes us proud to be part of AfricaCom.
Best Device for Africa
- Huawei Technologies – Huawei P8
- MTN SA – Steppa
- Orange – Orange Klif
This is a huge success for a product that only emerged into the market a year ago. What makes the continent’s smartphone user base particularly interesting is its demographic composition. Africa’s smartphone owners overlap significantly with its rising consumer class. Asides the relatively formidable size of their wallets, they are typically the most tech savvy cohort of the general populace and the most likely to use mobile apps solving key pain points in their day to day lives from mobile commerce to transit ticketing.
Still wondering if there is any future for FirefoxOS in Africa? Just recently Mozilla has released the latest version of its Firefox OS mobile operating system, and is also offering brave Android users a chance to take a look at how it runs. Does this new development mean anything to Africa’s emerging smartphone ecosystem? And finally have you come across Firefox OS 2.5 Developer Preview (an experimental Android app which is one of the hottest topics in the media sphere)? Just you wait – all your answers will be revealed at AfricaCom.
It’s very exciting to learn about Firefox OS 2.5 Developer Preview app. We’ve worked hard to produce a Firefox OS experience for Android users. As with all things at Mozilla, this effort is very much a community effort which builds Mozilla’s core mission. Finally, we invite everyone to come network with us during AfricaCom, we have an amazing team waiting to chat with you!
Author: Oarabile Mudongo.