SOURCE: African Business Review

African Business Review

February 04, 2011 14:35 ET

The Latest, Best Smartphones That Are Driving Africa's Communications Revolution in February's African Business Review

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - February 4, 2011) -  Gone are the days when mobile phones were simply geared for making calls away from the office and sending a quick text message. Technology has evolved, and African Business Review delves into this technology making its way this region. Today, the era of the smartphone is here, and the benefit it has for businesses is nothing short of substantial.

So, what is the definition of a smartphone? To put it simply, smartphones feature much more computing ability and connectivity than standard phones. They are able to run applications and have powerful processors that make accessing the internet speedier. They also have bigger memory space than standard mobile phones, earning them the name 'compact mobile computers.'

It has taken a while for the technology to reach Africa, but now that it has, smartphones have opened up the door to communication across the continent and will only become more popular as 2011 progresses.

In South Africa in particular, the smartphone revolution is in full swing. Global technology researchers Gartner predict smartphone penetration in South Africa will likely reach 80 percent by 2014.

With handset prices reducing all the time, research suggests that Africa, along with the Middle East, will be among the top two global smartphone markets with an estimated compound annual growth rate of 39 percent to look forward to over the next four years.

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