Is it time for an African mobile OS?

The US-China war with mobile phone companies might affect African users who are caught in between. Is there space for a new smartphone OS for Africa?

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The continued cold war between the United States government and Chinese electronic companies seems to grow a notch higher every quarter. The recent designation of Xiaomi as part of the “Communist Chinese military” follows heavily on the ban on Huawei Technology company that sent shockwaves across the world.

These Chinese mobile companies have made a name for themselves across the globe with Xiaomi edging out Apple from the third spot during the July-September 2020 quarter. According to the data released in December 2020, the top three mobile phones globally are from China.

In Africa, the Chinese brands have dominated smartphone shipments according to IDC's Q3 Global Mobile Phone Tracker. “Transsion brands (Tecno, Itel, and Infinix) continued to dominate Africa's smartphone space in Q3 2020, with 42.2% unit share. Samsung and Huawei followed in second and third place, with respective unit shares of 19.9% and 8.7%,” the report said.

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