We’ve just arrived at the EcoSchool event in Harare, and fortunately got a chance to check out the EcoSchool tablet before the event. Ok, so the first thing that came to mind when we laid our eyes on the EcoSchool’s tablet is this: Mazwi.
Not that they cloned it. No, you can’t clone an unlaunched product. But aside from the school aspect, most else (concept and some of the partners) does bring Mazwi to mind first. Maybe they partnered Mazwi too, who knows? We’ll clearly find out in a bit though. Update: not partners.
So anyway, here’s EcoSchool as we have seen it so far. Keep in mind the launch itself hasn’t been done yet, so we’ll probably update as we go.
- It’s a 7-inch Android tablet. it runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich
- EcoSchool is an Android app.
- The EcoSchool app is actually a biNu app. And inside biNu a Worldreader app. The mashup of these so far is essentially the same concept as Mazwi, or as they were previously known, OpenBook.
- There’s no sign yet how users of the tablet will access content, we’ve heard a 50 cents fee thrown around here.
- There’s also no indication of EcoCash anyway, but a safe bet to say payments will be done via Econet’s mobile money service, EcoCash.
And here are some pictures: