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AppDate: Pay-it-forward with uKheshe

SEAN BACHER highlights uKheshe, BitterWorld, Stash, WPS Office and Yoosee in his application roundup.

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uKheshe

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uKheshe, a pay-it-forward type app developed by Jini Guru, allows users to tip car guards, pay gardeners or offer people small amounts of money when they don’t have any spare change lying around. The app works with a simple tap of a QR code. The person being tipped needs to have a uKheshe QR card that is linked to their cellphone and the person paying needs to have the app installed on their phone.

A unique feature of this service is that the recipient does not need a bank account. A simple cell phone capable of USSD will suffice.

The payer selects the amount they wish to pay, then scans the QR code. The recipient is able to check their balance and withdraw cash by using the USSD code *120*82274# following the instructions and visiting the nearest Pick n Pay store. App users can top up their uKheshe balance via credit or debit card.

Platform: Android

Expect to pay: A free download: 

Stockists: The app can be downloaded here and recipients can sign up for the card directly from the uKheshe website here.

BitterWorld

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Instead of expressing your frustrations with sub-quality services and products on Facebook, there is now an app that allows you to do it without clogging up friends’ timelines. The BitterWorld app is specifically designed for users to tag companies and connect with people who have had similar issues. The app includes a skull and crossbones rating system, and offers the ability to post images, videos and a store’s location.

According to the app developers, once you have shared your thoughts and feelings, you start to relax. Doubtful, but many people may “relax” once their rants are made public.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: Download the iOS version here and the Android app here.

Stash 

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Stash, an app that invests small amounts of money in users banks accounts, has recently changed its policies in line with Google’s new privacy requirements. In the past, the app would use the bank’s transactional SMSs to detect every swipe of a debit, credit or cheque card. It would then collect spare change and invest it in a tax-free savings account.

Now users will have to manually select how much money they want to stash. The new “Daily Stashing” feature  allows users to stash from R5 a day to R100.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: Visit the Liberty website here to download the app suited to your device.

WPS Office

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When you are on the move it is not always feasible to start up your notebook for one or two quick changes to Microsoft Office documents sent to you.

WPS is an Office Suite application that is fully compatible with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The app also allows for the editing of PDFs, text documents and Google docs.

Users can also convert Office documents into PDFs and then share them with colleagues. Data encryption is offered and documents can be uploaded directly to the Cloud Drive.

The app’s user interface is clutter-free and very intuitive – allowing one to draw circles around errors and make changes directly from a mobile device.

Platform: Android

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: The app can be downloaded from the Google Play store here.

Yoosee

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With Internet security cameras becoming as commonplace as fridges in homes, the market is flooded with imports that don’t come with their own monitoring systems. The Yoosee app is designed to bridge that gap by giving users the ability to connect almost any IP camera to their mobile phone and activate them when not at home. The app offers notifications when the camera senses motion and allows one to zoom and pan.

Once a camera has been activated users can take images and even record directly to their phone – although this will use quite a bit of data.

Yoosee also allows for multiple cameras to be connected and up to six users can be connected to each camera.

Platform: Android, iOS and Windows Phone

Expect to pay: A free download.

Stockists: Visit the Yoosee website here and download the app suited to your device.

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Huge appetite for foldable phones – when prices fall

Samsung, Huawei and Motorola have all shown their cards, but consumers are concerned about durability, size, and enhanced use cases, according to Strategy Analytics

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Foldable devices are a long-awaited disrupter in the smartphone market, exciting leading-edge early adopters keen for a bold new type of device. But the acceptance of foldable devices by mainstream segments will depend on the extent to which the current barriers to adoption are addressed.

Major brands have been throwing their foldable bets into the hat to see what the market wants from a foldable, namely how big the screens should be and how the devices should fold. Samsung and Huawei have both designed devices that unfold from smartphones to tablets, each with their own method of how the devices go about folding. Motorola has recently designed a smartphone that folds in half, and it resembles a flip phone.

Assessing consumer desire for foldable smartphones, a new report from the User Experience Strategies group at Strategy Analytics has found that the perceived value of the foldable form does not outweigh the added cost.

Key report findings include:

  • The idea of having a larger-displayed smartphone in a portable size is perceived as valuable to the vast majority of consumers in the UK and the US. But, willingness to pay extra for a foldable device does not align with the desire to purchase one. Manufacturers must understand that there will be low sell-through until costs come down.
  • But as the acceptance for traditional smartphone display sizes continues to increase, so does the imposed friction of trying to use them one-handed. Unless a foldable phone has a wider folded state, entering text when closed is too cumbersome, forcing users to utilize two hands to enter text, when in the opened state.
  • Use cases need to be adequately demonstrated for consumers to fully understand and appreciate the potential for a foldable phone, though their priorities seemed fixed on promoting ‘two devices in one’ equaling a better video viewing experience. Identification and promotion of meaningful new use cases will be vital to success.

Christopher Dodge, Associate Director, UXIP and report author said: “As multitasking will look to be a core selling point for foldable phones, it is imperative that the execution be simplified and intuitive. Our data suggests there are a lot of uncertainties that come with foldable phone ownership, stemming mainly from concerns with durability and size, in addition to concerns over enhanced use cases.

“But our data also shows that when the consumers are able to use a foldable phone in hand, there is a solid reduction of doubt and concern about the concept. This means that the in-store experience may more important than ever in driving awareness, capabilities, and potential use cases.”

Said Paul Brown, Director, UXIP: “The big question is whether the perceived value will outweigh the added cost; and the initial response from consumers is ‘no.’ The ability for foldable displays to resolve real consumer pain-points is, in our view critical to whether these devices will become a niche segment of the smartphone market or the dominant form-factor of the future. Until costs come down, these devices will not take off.”

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Huawei puts $1-bn into local developer programme

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Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) South Africa has announced the launch of a local Developer Programme called Shining-Star. Huawei announced an investment of $1-billion in support of this programme across global markets, of which South Africa forms part.

‘‘HMS already has more than 570 million global users, including more than 15 million in Africa, with our business covering more than 170 countries,’’ says Likun Zhao, vice president of Huawei Consumer Business Group for Middle East and Africa. “We provide a trusted, device-centric and inter-connected eco-system that improves the user experience, helping them to discover quality content while ensuring security and privacy.”

The developer programme, announced at AfricaCom in Cape Town last week, is the first of its kind in South Africa. Huawei says it “will provide an encompassing eco-system that aims to encourage local developer innovation and support, while Huawei’s AppGallery provides a platform for developers to showcase and publish their apps”.

The platform offers open e-point access and intelligent global distribution for all apps, ranging from smart home, gaming and music to education and health-related apps.

The Shining-Star Programme has been successfully implemented in Malaysia, which has the highest number of Huawei users relative to other smartphone brands in this country. Like Malaysia, South Africa has a considerable number of Huawei users.

Shining-Star will focus on assisting local app developers who face challenges like lack of funding for app eco-systems, testing, and monetisation of their apps. South African developers particularly struggle to market their games and find investors.

“We are committed to working on empowering local app developers by offering them some much-needed infrastructure, guidance, skills and support to grow local talent,” said Zhao. “Our focus is to provide an open platform for developers that they can use to launch and market their apps, as well as give them extensive support in the form of technical development, testing, and legal and marketing tools.”

Huawei HMS Core is a hub with tools like the Account Kit, which enables users to access developers’ apps using Huawei IDs; Game Service, which enables game development; Location Kit, which provides developers with hybrid locations; Drive Kit, a data storage and management solution; and Map Kit, which offers customisation of map formats to developers.

In addition to these developer-specific tools, the Huawei HMS Core hub has growth enablers like the Push Kit and an Analytics Kit, which enable, respectively, the sending of messages and analysis of user behaviour. An Ad Kit and In-App Purchases Kit are also available, so developers can earn income from their apps. Key resources such as API reference, development guides and sample code assist are also part of the programme.

At present, more than 50,000 apps are connected to HMS Core worldwide.

* App developers with a completed app can visit https://developer.huawei.com/consumer/en/, or contact the Huawei SA Business Development team on developersa@huawei.com to find out how Huawei can support them.

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