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Tech in Africa: Google’s Allo messenger and a taxi app war

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  Africa’s taxi app wars hit a new level during September, with major players adding to their offerings in a bid to woo customers.
   Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom launched Little Cabs earlier this year, looking to challenge Uberin the cab hailing space. Now, it has been able to reduce prices for users after   partnering fuel firm KenolKobil  to offer drivers discounts at the pump.
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       Not to be outdone, Uber launched its food delivery service  UberEATS  in Johannesburg, with further launches set for Cape Town and Pretoria imminently. Both Little Cabs and Uber will face  increased competition in Kenya after the launch of  Taxi Chap Chap  , which comes complete with a points-based customer loyalty programme.
   Major players stake their claims

  Safaricom had best not become too distracted by its battle with Uber, however, as its own M-Pesa service is facing a fresh challenge.
   It comes from Visa, which has   launched  its mobile payments solution  mVisa  in Kenya having rolled it out in India last year. The service allows users to receive and make payments via smartphones, using a merchant phone number or by scanning a QR code. Visa has partnered four local banks to get the service off the ground.
            

Tech in Africa: Google’s Allo messenger and a taxi app war

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     Major global players are increasingly active in Africa. September also saw Google   launch its smart messaging app – Allo – in South Africa  , with more African countries to follow, while  Ericsson joined forces with Scandinavian company Grundfos  to offer an integrated solution that improves access and payments for drinking water.
   The collaboration – which will be initially active in Kenya – ensures easy connection of mobile wallet providers and water service providers to simplify access for the end consumer. Other global firms active in Africa include  SAP  , which has launched an innovation lab in Johannesburg to conduct IoT proof of concepts, and  Microsoft  , which is supporting entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
   Local tech firms scaling up

   More homegrown companies had positive months too. African e-commerce giant  Jumia  has launched  Jumia Local  , an online store dedicated to products made in Nigeria. The platform is the company’s way of supporting local entrepreneurs and brands that manufacture or assemble their products in Nigeria.
   Another Nigerian company, payments startup  Flutterwave  has expanded to Kenya. The platform can now process cards denominated in Kenyan shillings and US dollars, with support for M-Pesa payments.
            

Tech in Africa: Google’s Allo messenger and a taxi app war

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     African digital entertainment company Iroko, meanwhile,   launched a Multi-Platform Network  (MPN) to provide a framework and platform for aspiring African entertainers.  IrokoX  is a full-service, cross-media MPN, aiming to become the go-to platform for African digital content creators.
   In other news, the founders of e-delivery startup Africa Courier Express (ACE)  launched a fintech platform  , while another deliveries startup – Metro Africa Express (MAX) – acquired Nigeria’s Foodappetite to  launch its own food delivery platform  . Online payments firm  Interswitch  was also on the acquisition trail, buying Value Added Network Solutions (VANSO), a company that provides security-focused financial technology to firms.
   Startup central

   Lots more news from Africa’s tech startup ecosystem, where the major news was that Kenyan innovation space iHub  plans to relocate by the end of the year  . The original Kenyan tech hub, launched in 2010,  iHub  has more than 16,000 members and has been in its current home since it was founded.
   Plenty of funding news, as usual, with South African professional matchmaking app  Kalido  raising “significant” funding to launch and roll out globally. Nigerian real estate classifieds startup ToLet  raised US$1.2 million  , while there was also backing for Kenya’s  Flare  , an “Uber for ambulances” service.
   Elsewhere, Barclays  invested in South African firm WizzPass  , which simplifies access into parking lots, with another South African company, bitcoin crowdfunding platform  The Sun Exchange  , also raising funds.



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