ABN - Google is further delving into the African digital market with the release of an affordable mobile phone, which will be available for US$40 in Nigeria.
The Android-supported ICE2 smartphone will launch in the West African nation in September and will build on the tech giant’s strategy to empower Africans through technology.
Cesar Segunutpane, Google’s vice president of product management said: “We don’t want to create internet for Africa, rather enable them to create the internet they want through the access, platforms and products we create.
“Android is the largest tech ecosystem in the world today. In nine years, it grew from one phone to two billion smartphones across the world. We have continued to work with partners and OEMs to develop devices for Africans, especially Nigerians, like the $40 smartphone.”
Segunutpane also confirmed that Google will launch fintech related apps across its platforms in Nigeria, which will dovetail with the release of the new handset and encourage further development of the nation’s fintech sector.
Google recently announced it would train 10 million Africans in online skills, in another symbolic commitment to the technological development of the continent.