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Microsoft, Huawei Go After African Market With New Windows Phone

Huawei and Microsoft on Tuesday introduced a Windows Phone model aimed specifically at the African market.

Huawei 4Afrika

The Huawei 4Afrika is a variant of the Chinese phone maker’s Ascend W1 introduced earlier this year. But along with that phone’s four-inch screen, four gigabytes of storage and dual-core chip, the new phone will include custom apps crated by African developers for that continent’s consumers.

It’s part of a broader effort by Microsoft to create products for the African market.

“We believe there has never been a better time to invest in Africa and that access to technology — particularly cloud services and smart devices — can and will serve as a great accelerator for African competitiveness,” Microsoft International President Jean-Philippe Courtois said in a statement.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik