Smart cabs and social games: Africa’s mobile tech startups
(CNN) — Mobile is a big deal in Africa. People probably get tired of hearing that, but there are around 820 million mobile subscriptionson the continent. Mobile payments are becoming the norm and tech startups are building to it.
Established industries are being disrupted by mobile and services that have been otherwise lagging in the African market are finding new vigor due to mobile solutions and better and more efficient ways of doing business.
So here are just a few of Africa’s most interesting, exciting and emerging mobile startups.
In the consumer transportation sector, two startups have really shown some potential to really disrupt this industry. Both use the basics of Uber, a U.S.-based mobile personal driver, which has coincidentally entered the African market in the last couple of months.
ZapaCab works with cab companies in South Africa. Its app allows to you to order a cab via your mobile device — a driver is then dispatched to pick you up. You’re given the driver’s name, car details and the estimated time of arrival.
Easy Taxi Taxi is a Brazilian startup backed by African Internet Holdings, and its app now has a Lagos version. Simply download the app, request a cab and wait for it.