Google and Huawei launched a $100 or 8,000 Ksh Android phone called “Ideos” in Kenya today.
The phone runs on Android 2.2 [Froyo], features a 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen, 528MHz processor, 3.2MP camera, brightness, proximity and accelerometer sensors built in, and MicroSD storage.
Available in black, yellow, blue, and purple, the IDEOS supports functions such as voice dialling, voice navigation, and the ability to run applications off the SD card.
According to Kevin Tao, the CEO of Huwaei Devices, “The IDEOS is an affordable option, designed to lower barriers to entry and facilitate easy mobile Internet access. Ownership of the smartphone is one of the key means of getting people into the ‘golden age of mobile broadband.”
The IDEOS’ entry into Kenya comes only two months after Huawei teamed up with Safaricom in high profile launch of yet another smartphone U220 that also runs on Google’s Android.
Google is expected to unveil the key components of its mobile Internet strategy at the opening of the G-Kenya conference, where the global Internet giant will engage with local software developers, entrepreneurs, and computer science students. Google is also expected to showcase a range of products aimed at driving innovation in local technology and business circles. “In alignment with our core mission to organise the entire world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful, we would like to provide training on localised tools that can spur economic development for the people of Kenya,” Google said in a statement.
G-Kenya is expected to bring together over 1,200 software engineers, product managers, entrepreneurs, students and web developers to discuss the future of applications development, and be trained on Google’s products and online business skills. The forum will feature high profile Google speakers including one of the internet giant’s vice presidents Nelson Mattos, a team of product developers, engineers, the head of marketing for Africa, search specialists, and business marketing gurus.
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