With 20% of Africa’s 1.1 billion-strong population now online, and 70% of internet users using mobile phones, the impact of applications is set to reverberate across social, political and economic spaces.
The uptake of apps across the continent has been surprisingly high, in Kenya 99% of internet access is from a mobile device, 61% of views on BBC’s mobile site are from Nigeria and in South Africa 84% of mobile users have downloaded a mobile app.
”Tinder Countries: South Africa, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Morocco A very straightforward app, Tinder allows users to connect with people in a certain vicinity of the user.
Users can swipe right to like or left to pass and if someone likes them back, it’s a match.
Grindr Countries: Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, South Africa, Swaziland, Tunisia An app specifically designed for homosexual or bisexual men, Grindr is a social network that allows gay, same sex, bisexual men to chat and meet each other.
With more than seven million guys in 192 countries, the app claims that “there are always more than 300,000 guys online at any moment!
According to Mobi Thinking Africa, the top mobile activities for mobile-only users are related to apps: downloading games (55%), downloading music (54%) and social networking (52%).
Some of the most popular traditional apps addressed the locally relevant “needs” of African society.
It allows users to meet in social games and check out the potential.They can then have the option of chatting with a match or snap a photo to share a moment with all of their matches at once.Lovoo Countries: Swaziland, Mali This app provides a network for finding, chatting and dating, with over 12 million members worldwide.Over the past few years, more and more Africans are turning to their mobile phones for services.These stretch from banking services to agricultural advice and, now, dating.The site offers singles the ability to have real dates in real time and start chatting immediately.Be Naughty (BN) Dating Countries: Nigeria BN is one of Nigeria’s highest grossing apps.Dating and Finding love in South Africa shouldn't be difficult!Our system makes it very easy for you to find love in South Africa!Kenya’s money-transfer application, M-Pesa, revolutionised day-to-day banking for millions in rural areas who do not have access to traditional banks.KUZA Doctor is an app which gave huge support to farmers with critical knowledge to increase their rates of production while learning the value of conservation farming.