Africa is a vast and emergent mobile market and as the mobile technology continues to spread all across the African continent in a very rapid pace, there is simply a lot of opportunity to extend out to the mobile population in Africa. The list below offers a quick view on some of the mobile applications that have already been implemented in various countries across the continent. Although the market is still juvenile for mobile startups and innovative mobile apps, it can serve as an inspiration for others to follow in servicing roughly one billion people in the continent.
African Pixel is Kenyan based app developer and is one of the first and successful East African firms to develop mobile products for iPhone. The app development company targets multiple platforms which aside from iPhone also include Symbian and Android based products. Their aim is to create and launch apps that can take advantage of the features and potentials offered by these diverse platforms in order to provide the best user experience on the choice of device.
Leti Games is a company based at East legion in Accra which is the capital of Ghana in West Africa. The firm is among the few mobile game development groups in the African continent that targets iPhone as one of its major market. And while most of the games developed by the company is built for mobile phones, the group is thinking about creating games for consoles as well sometime in the future. Leti Games is popular for its iWarrior, Street Soccer, and Kijiji.
Iyam.Mobi was developed by Fritz Ekwoge, a CEO at FeePerfect established in April 2010 and is one of the fast developing African tech company in the continent. Ekwoge was also the brain behind the successful African online classifieds Kerawa.
A mobile phone based directory, Iyam.Mobi allows end users to directly send one message to a number of people all at the same time. iYam.mobi also allows users to find virtually anyone and also offer a lot of SMS applications that can change the way African consumers use their mobile phones. Iyam.Mobi also offers a convenient means to search for businesses and service providers using your mobile phone.
Whive.com recently launched its mobile application store for the company’s iKatiba application suite. The social media platform in East Africa aims to develop a localize content and bridge the continent’s highly diverse cultures. Developers promote the use of local languages allowing users to access various Whive’s cloud services using their vernacular languages. The company is also behind Whive.com SMS, an application that enables cell phone users to send SMS for free.
MXit was developed by Herman Heunis of Swist Group Technologies through Clockspeed Mobile in 2003. Clockspeed Mobile served as the research and development division for SGT until it became independent in April 2004 which later on became MXit Lifestyle (Pty) Ltd. World of Avatar, a South African investment group acquired MXit in September 2011.
MXit offers a free online mobile IM system and social networking portal where users will not only be able to social network but also perform other activities like shopping, online gaming, etc. The company is working on approximately three thousands mobile handsets which include Nokia, iPhone, Blackberry, Java, and Android based phones including Windows Mobile. MXit provides a collective environment where it is possible to purchase wallpapers, download video clips and music all in one place.
Founded in 2009 by Tayo Oviosu, Paga is a Nigerian mobile based payment structure; Paga aims to provide universal and innovative financial services to its wide Nigerian consumer base. One of the pioneers in mobile money transfer service in Nigeria, Paga offers a convenient way for people to send money via mobile phones and or internet access. Paga also provides means for bills payment and other related transactions.
Ushahidi is a Kenyan based open source platform for crowd sourcing and crisis information distribution. Co-founded by Ory Okolloh, Ushahidi is a non-profit tech company that aims to empower citizens and eyewitnesses around the world to report violent incidents using mobile email, SMS, and other web platforms including Twitter. Aside from the Ushahidi platform, the group is also responsible for developing SwiftRiver and CrowdMap.
Apposit provides IT solutions for various businesses in Africa offering various tech products including Cloud Services and Multi Channel Message Processor. Other services offered by the company include software development and IT outsourcing.
Rancard Solutions Ltd. was founded by Kofi Dadzie and Ehizogie Binitie in 2001. Based in Ghana, the company aims to deliver tech services and software to businesses and other organizations who want to deliver services and content to a large number of mobile users in Ghana. The rancardmobility.com platform launched in 2007 offers a high performance service delivery platform for mobile operators and service providers to quickly deliver their applications and key services to mobile users in a more reliable and cost effective manner.
Founded by Mark Davies founder, now CEO at Esoko, the company offers a mobile communication platform that fosters rural development. It enables farm groups, agri– businesses and projects to manage their information compilation and distribution requirements via automatic polling, web advertising, market updates through SMS and SMS push.