by Lekan Olanrewaju
In what will probably come as good news to Nigerian tech enthusiasts everywhere (unless of course you’re holding some kind of epic grudge) CNN recently profiled what it described as “Africa’s own version of the ipad”.
The device, known as the Inye (meaning “first”) is a 7 inch tablet mobile internet device made by the Encipher group, which allows for consuming services from the internet, watching movies and listening to music. The first version ran the Android 2.1 OS with the new version being upgraded to Android 3.0.
The head of the start-up, Saheed Adepoju admits that the company aims to fill the void for Apple products in Africa. The Encipher tablet had won Adepoju a place as finalist for The Future Awards Best Use of Technology category last year.
He also says, despite having sold only 18 units of the first version and none at all, of the new edition, he is hopeful and confident that the Inye has a place in the Nigerian market. He lists pricing and after sales support as some of the challenges for consumers in Africa and goes on to say his company is working on further lowering the cost of the tablet, which is currently half the price of the tablet.
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