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End Of An Era As WhatsApp Support Is Discontinued For Nokia S40 Phones

Going… Going… Gone. If you still had a Nokia phone that was part of the Symbian S40 series of devices then you probably had a rude awakening after the WhatsApp on that device stopped working on the first day of 2019. Support for devices running this legacy OS expired on the 31st of December and […]

Titans die for technology to evolve

It was 2012 and I was still in high school beginning to develop my affinity for gadgets and in that era I was the proud owner of a Nokia X2. I remember getting so excited when I found an app that could open pdf documents on it, it was such a huge achievement. I then […]

WhatsApp for Nokia, is my phone still supported in 2017-2018?

WhatsApp for Nokia has extended support for some devices running older operating systems while other devices were no longer supported by the chat application. Nokia devices running the Nokia Symbian S40 devices will be able to run WhatsApp until 31 December 2018. Now, devices running Nokia Symbian S60 do not support WhatsApp for Nokia anymore […]

WhatsApp Shutting down WhatsApp Web for Symbian and Blackberry OS

The future is only but dimmer for the feature phones and smartphones of yesteryear with WhatsApp ending WhatsApp web support for Symbian and Blackberry equipped devices. WhatsApp Web/Desktop: removed the support for Symbian and BlackBerry! — WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) February 20, 2017 This comes after WhatsApp ended support for a number of devices on December […]

An estimated 10% of Zimbabwean smartphone users to be affected as WhatsApp ends support for Blackberry, Nokia

It’s a fair enough reason for WhatsApp to do this. After all, the changing landscape of instant messaging and mobile media was bound to affect earlier technology. WhatsApp, which now boasts of 1 billion users needs to add value to its growing user market, even if it means leaving behind some not-so-recent systems.

Android takes over as the leading mobile operating system in Zimbabwe

Move over Nokia and Symbian; Zimbabwe is now officially an Android market. The latest figures from GS Statcounter for the month ending January 2015 place Android as the leading operating system (OS) for mobile phones. 53.49% of mobile devices run the Google-owned OS, which has managed to overtake the Series 40 that is used on Nokia feature […]

The Nokia 215: Will it save Nokia and make Microsoft an African brand?

If you follow tech, missing out on the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) highlights is a bit of a downer. There are a lot of things that come from each edition that push the envelope in the world of consumables without focusing too intensely on mobile tech. There is a lot to digest especially for an expo that comes so early […]

Predictions for 2015: The rise of the Chinese phones

Bigger is better, but emerging markets matter the most. This doesn’t entirely sum up mobile devices in 2014 but it speaks volumes about what we saw in the market this year. For the high end market the focus was on how Apple (finally) took the leap and started offering a larger screen for its phone. For […]

Zim startup Avelgood Apps hits 10 million downloads in 2 years

Developers will tell you how app downloads always serve as massive validation for the work you do, so a resounding download total is always celebrated.The good thing is there are local development outfits that have reason to be jubilant because of such forms of validation. Bulawayo based startup Avelgood apps, which is the development outfit […]

Zim smartphone penetration now over 15%, but what exactly is a smartphone?

Last week Econet released its half year results that carried indicators of the mobile network operator’s performance and placement in telecoms. According to the same report, Zimbabwe now has a smartphone penetration rate that now stands at over 15%. This is an improvement from the 10% that Econet also referenced in its last financial report […]

Zim mobile OS stats: Android market grows but Nokia still leader

Zimbabwe is still Nokia country, well at least in terms of device and OS market share. According to figures from StatCounter, for the 12 months ending September 2014, Series 40 devices are still the most widely used with just under 34% of the market. Android OS is still in second place in with a 27.73% […]

Developer creates EcoCash app for earlier Android versions

A couple of months ago Econet Wireless launched an Android app for their EcoCash mobile money service. This release came in the heels of another local developer’s attempts at solving the tedious USSD based process that characterises the service. Sadly this solo effort was blocked before Econet introduced its own version of the application. Another […]

Latest statistics on mobile OS market share in Zimbabwe

Recent data gathered from StatCounter shows that the Zimbabwean mobile market is still dominated by Nokia devices with Symbian and S40 making up 50.49 % of the total market share of web enabled mobile devices for the 12 months ending February 2014. Nokia’s strong presence locally has been buoyed by the wide prevalence of S40 […]

Locally developed BMI Calculator app lands Opera Top apps for 2013 award

Locally developed Body Mass Index or BMI Calculator app for symbian devices received the Opera Top App awards for 2013 in the Health and Sports category. The BMI app was developed by Avelgood Apps, a Bulawayo based company that develops varying mobile apps. Commenting about the award on their blog, the company said: We are […]

Viber comes to Nokia S40, Symbian & Samsung Bada (update)

Viber, the mobile communications platform offering free voip calls, text and photo messages, announced that it has surpassed the 100 million users milestone across the multiple phone platforms that it supports. Additionally, the company unveiled that it is simultaneously releasing three new messaging versions of its application for popular phone platforms: Nokia’s Series 40 feature […]