Microsoft Launches 4Afrika Initiative with Africa-Specific Smartphone

Microsoft has been taking interest in developing Africa’s global competitiveness, which includes improving on its mobile communications. The company has announced its 4Afrika Initiative project and first in line its the new Windows Phone 8 from Microsoft and Huawei.

A tweaked version of the Ascend W1, the Huawei 4Afrika smartphone is specifically designed for African users. It comes preloaded with apps created by African developers for consumers within the continent, as well as a subsection of the Windows Phone Store that centers on “locally-relevant” apps and content.

The Huawei 4Afrika will be launched later this month in Angola, Egypt, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, and South Africa at an “affordable” price option. The device will be available in four color options: blue, red, black, and white.

Also in this pilot project is Microsoft’s partnership with the Kenyan government and Indigo Telecom in combining solar-powered base stations and TV white space technology to come up with an affordable wireless Internet access. The project, called Mawingu, aims to bring broadband Internet to areas that do not even have electricity, helping healthcare clinics and several schools get connected to the rest of the world.

Source: Windows Blog, via Engadget

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