Huawei Mate 30 Phone Series Are Finally Out Without Google Apps

The Huawei ban in the US got many people talking around the world. The ban is perhaps the greatest challenge that the Chinese company has faced this year.

Huawei promised to bounce back and keep dominating the Android world.

The newly launched Mate 30 phone series is proof that the tech giant is determined to stay on top.

The ban meant that Huawei could no longer include Google services in new phone models.

Hence, both Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro models have no Google apps. This means you cannot access your favourite apps on the Google Play Store.

In addition, you cannot access Gmail, YouTube, Maps, Photos or Google Drive.

The missing features have everyone wondering if the company will manage to sell the phones beyond China.

Would you buy a phone without Google Services? Well, before we talk about the price range, let us look at the specs.

Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro Specs and Features

Phone manufacturers often introduce two models of the same series at different prices. The Pro version has premium or better features, which is the case with the Mate 30 series.

Similar features:

Both phones have the same processor (Huawei Kirin 990), Operating system (EMU1 10), and Memory (8GB RAM). Both phones have a similar third rear camera (f/2.4 aperture 8MP, Telephoto camera).

Other similar features include the horizontal display and phone colors. You can pick any color from black, space silver, cosmic purple, or emerald green.

Differences in features

The table below displays the features of both 5G phones:

Feature Mate 30 Mate 30 Pro
Display 2340 x 1080 OLED screen (6.62 inches) 2400 x 11176 OLED screen (6.53 inches)
Storage 128 GB 256 GB
Front Camera 24MP 32MP
First Rear Camera f/1.8 aperture, Super sensing camera (40MP) f/1.6 aperture, Super sensing camera (40MP)
Second Rear Camera f/2.2 aperture, ultra wide angel camera (16MP) f/1.8 aperture, cine camera (40MP)
Fourth Rear Camera None 3D Depth sensing camera
Battery 4,200 mAh 4,500 mAh

You can tell from the list of features that Huawei went all out with the cameras and displays. Multiple rear cameras are the latest trend in smartphones.

In today’s world of selfies and preferences for visual content, phone brands are keen on the quality of both front and rear cameras.

Another notable feature is the large storage space, especially for the Mate 30 Pro.

You cannot offer 4 cameras and fail to provide enough space to store the photos and videos.

For the Mate 30 Pro customers, the Cine Camera stands out. Such a camera gives high-quality time-lapse videos.

Users can also take ultra slow motion and light videos.

The Porsche Design

The regular collection of both Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro has a matte finish in the four colors mentioned above.

The Porsche Design is a luxurious design of the same series of phone. You can go for the vegan leather forest green finish or the vegan leather orange.

You know how far you go to protect a new phone device with extra covers. This Porsche design protects the Android smartphone besides its expensive look and finish.

Pricing

Here is the part that everyone is curious to know- the price. We wish to tell you that the price fair but it is not.

China is the first market for the phone series. Both models will be on sale next month (October).

The Mate 30 price is set at €799, which is about $883. That is about Ksh. 80,000. How many phone brands sell at this price?

The Mate 30 Pro is priced at €1,099, which is around $1, 214. Converted to Kenya shillings, the phone is about Ksh.120, 000.

The Porsche Design (named Mate 30 RS) is more expensive than the other two, perhaps way too expensive.

The price tag is €2,095, which is converted to $2,318. We are talking about nearly the same specs with a leather finish at about Ksh. 230,000.

Thoughts on missing Google services

Back to the most intriguing part of this phone launch. In addition to the steep prices, the 5G phones lack Google services.

Huawei is spending about $1 billion to develop its own app store now that Google Play Store is still banned.

The move is the company’s effort to overcome the effects of the trade wars.

However, the question that most people have asked since the launch was first announced is on selling or marketing the devices.

The Chinese market is likely to keep supporting its brand. Huawei phones have been contributing to the company’s revenues for years.

The main challenge is marketing the phones at such high prices without Google services to the rest of the world.

We develop mobiles apps in Kenya so we understand how important Google Play Store is to phone buyers.

In fact, most people upgrade to expensive brands to access more features including their favourite apps and games.

For taxi-hailing apps like Uber and Taxify, a phone without Google Maps is simply out of question. Delivery and logistics apps fall into this category as well.

Video content has become increasingly popular among internet users and the majority trust the YouTube platform.

Consider the fact that the Android platform is the most popular in Kenya and around the world.

App owners prefer to list their apps on Google Play Store for easy access and to reach the large market.

Are customers willing to suddenly change from Google to Huawei’s new app store? Will app owners be willing to list their apps elsewhere for the sake of Huawei phone users?

The reality is that only a slice of the market for Android smartphones can afford the new Mate 30 phone models.

Huawei will have to keep rethinking its brand strategy before the world buys its new app store.

Conclusion

Despite the major missing feature, the Huawei Mate 30 and Mater 30 Pro have very competitive features. It is impossible for phone manufacturers to ignore the quality of Android smartphones that Huawei offers in the market. Huawei is still a competitive brand and with the right strategy, the company will stay afloat.

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Mobile App Reviews: A Review of the Glovo App in Kenya

Entrepreneurs in Kenya have now mastered the art of online selling. Buyers have gained a significant level of trust in some online sellers. Kenyans are more willing than before to take risks and order for products online. The greater challenge now is delivering products in good condition to customers at the right time.

Apps like Glovo meet this need. Sacha Michaud and Oscar Pierre co-founded the Glovo Company in 2015 in Barcelona. The Spanish start-up has managed to build a competitive brand and penetrate the international market.

The concept from the start was to provide on-demand courier services to customers for all types of product. However, food delivery has overtaken other types of delivery via the app. Glovo is available in 20 countries around the world including Kenya.

Features

Glovo launched its operations in Nairobi in the first quarter of 2019. Here are the top features that users enjoy on the app:

1. Speed

You can order for anything from a supermarket, store, or restaurant and have it within minutes. Glovo emphasises on delivering anything that customers order “within minutes.” When you order for a product, the nearest courier receives the order and considers the nearest seller. The courier will buy and deliver it within the shortest time possible.

The promise to deliver within minutes has proved true in some cities and for some clients in Nairobi. While the app owners do their best to keep this promise, sometimes a delay may occur when a product is unavailable.

Sometimes the courier has to try several stores and probably wait in line to serve some orders. However, for some products that are readily available or already packed, the couriers deliver within minutes.

2. Low cost

Buying products online makes sense to customers if the delivery cost is reasonable. Otherwise, they might as well walk or drive to a store and get the products at a reasonable price. Glovo understands this concept and offers affordable courier services.

The delivery charge within Nairobi is likely to range from Ksh.50 to 100. The charge may be higher depending on your location and order. Imagine escaping the long queues in supermarkets for a hundred shillings. Some items are delivered at no cost within Nairobi’s CBD.

The cost begins to make sense when you think of the time you spend getting a good seat in a restaurant, ordering for food and drinks and then eating. You know how restaurants keep you waiting for a “special order?” Well, you can save time, order the same dish, and keep working while the food is delivered to your doorstep.

3. A wide range of services

Most people think of food delivery but the Glovo app in Kenya offers more than food. Well, food delivery is a big part of the business but you can order anything on the app. For instance, you can order for any item from a registered supermarket like Naivas.

The app is not only an opportunity for buyers to get products delivered easily and at a reasonable rate. Glovo has opened opportunities for couriers to earn from the app. Stores have an opportunity to maximise sales without worrying about deliveries.


4. Easy Ordering Process

The process of ordering an item is simple. After downloading the app, you create an account and proceed to order. You can use your Facebook account to log in. The app requests you to select your location.

You will then proceed to the next interface that shows the categories of registered partners. The best of restaurants in Nairobi’s CBD are listed on the app. Go through the menu of the items offered by each partner.

An alternative ordering process is clicking on “anything” and specifying the product you need. The app has restriction on the size and weight of the items you can order. With this option, you need to specify if the courier will pay for the item or not.

5. Tracking Orders

You can track your purchased item in real-time. In other words, you can tell the exact time when the courier will arrive at your location. Tracking is much easier than calling a delivery person every 5 minutes to find out when they will arrive.

As you track you can also tell if the courier got the directions right. You will not sit and wait for an item while the courier is moving in the opposite direction. If you have ever tried to track items with a phone call or text messages, you will appreciate the tracking feature in Glovo app in Kenya.

6. Favorite items

Let us say you like a certain dish from a specific restaurant. When you order it the first time, you can add it to your list of favourite items. The next time you log into the app to order, the app suggests your favourite items first. The list saves you minutes of scrolling through unwanted items and stores.

Also Read: Top 10 Mobile App Categories as Analysed by Android App Designers in Kenya

Customer Feedback

As app developers, we can look at the functionality of an app and recommend it based on its features. The truth is that the developers have done a great with the simplicity of design and great user experience. However, we need to consider the actual experience of customers who have ordered products via the app.

Happy users

The app has a 3.7 rating on Google Playstore. The majority of about 130,000 users that left a review after using it gave a 5-star rating. The experience is different depending on the item that a customer ordered.

Users seem to have a great experience with the interface and ordering process. The partners registered on the app offer quality products, which is important when ordering for items online. Most customers got the items they ordered for as described.

Unhappy users

The app is relatively new in the market. Although the developers say that you can order from any part of Nairobi, couriers do not deliver to some parts of the city. In addition, some customers complained that the estimated time of delivery was inaccurate.

Some customers had to wait for more than an hour to get their items. A few customers have also complained about bugs when trying to order for any item. Based on the reviews, the customer support team is slow in responding to complaints from customers.

Conclusion

Glovo App in Kenya is a game-changer in the country’s online business and logistics. The app is easy to use in terms of ordering and tracking items. The delivery time may not always be accurate. However, based on customer reviews, the couriers are doing a great job of delivering products within the shortest time possible. App developers in Kenya take the challenge to keep up with such competitive apps from international developers.

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Android App Development Trends: The Rising Popularity of the Dark Mode

Have you noticed that most of the popular apps are recommending the dark mode? What difference does it make when using an app on the dark mode?  Is there a downside to it? As we discuss this new trend, bear in mind that app developers have user experience in mind at all times.

Every trend in iOS or Android app development is in most cases meant to improve the experience of end users. Hence, when a new trend comes, app developers will try to implement it across all platforms. The dark mode started with Android apps and then expanded to iOS devices.

YouTube, Twitter, Gmail, and Microsoft Outlook already have the dark mode option. An app does not switch automatically to this mode. You have the choice as an app user to stick the old black and white background or turn the dark mode on.

The traditional mode has a white background with black text. Some developers experiment with text colors to highlight certain features. When you turn the dark mode on, the background becomes black, gray or dark blue. The text turns from black to white.

 What are benefits of this app development trend?

1. Less strain on your eyes

The first reason that app developers give for introducing the new screen settings is their users’ health. Eyestrain is not new to phone users who spend hours staring at their screens. Let us be honest here. Smartphones have become addictive, especially with cheap data bundles.

It only makes sense to do everything you can to stay healthy while enjoying the beauty of connectivity. Browsers like Chrome are also considering the same trend for this reason. For internet lovers, if you are not on an app, you are browsing websites or watching videos.

Continuous strain on your eyes can lead to conditions such as myopia. You are at a high risk of nearsightedness if you work on a bright screen all day.  The risk is higher now that virtual reality has been introduced to the world of Android app development.

Using the dark mode on apps does not mean that you are completely safe from the mentioned risks. You still need to reduce the number of hours spent on your mobile devices. However, the dark mode reduces the fatigue on your eyes.

2. Easier reading

Mobile apps are designed with the assumption that users have normal vision. The reality is that our vision is different. Some people have low vision while others struggle with color blindness. The new trend favors such phone users.

Texts become more visible on the black or grey background. You will come across different settings for the dark mode. It is not always a reverse of the black and white combination. Some app developers prefer a grey background with black text. An alternative is a black background with grey text.

Blocks of text are easier to read with the dark mode. The settings activate all the sensors on the eyes even with low vision. If you have been struggling with reading online, try the dark mode where available. You are likely to keep it on.

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3. Longer battery life

Ever since smart phones were introduced, the greatest challenge has been the battery life. The situation has been improved but you can do with an extra hour or two of battery life. Dark mode gets you just that, longer battery life.

It takes more power to keep your screen illuminated than a black or gray screen. You will have to sacrifice something to keep your phone running for long. First, you are accustomed to the white back background. It will take some time and adjusting to appreciate the dark mode.

The white or bright mode is easy to navigate. Scrolling and switching from one feature to another, or one app to another is easy. The dark theme is a bit slow in terms of a smooth flow but you are guaranteed of using your phone longer.

4. Better sleep

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night because of a notification on your phone? Forget about the alarm. You know those automated messages from service providers or notifications from apps. Switching data off does not always help.

Falling back to sleep is a challenge after staring at a bright screen. If you have problems falling asleep, try using the dark mode in the hours preceding your usual bedtime. Bright light inhibits the function of sleep-inducing neurons, especially artificial light.

The light interferes with the natural cycle of sleep. This partly explains why you stay awake longer after using your phone. The worst happens when you wake up to bright light and cannot fall back asleep. With the dark mode on, you will easily fall back to sleep and maintain your sleep cycle.

5. Better experience in low-light environment

Using a mobile device in a low-light room is strenuous. The obvious temptation in such situations is to increase the brightness on your screen. That just makes things worse. You will strain your eyes more even when the text size is large enough.

Try the dark mode when you get into such an environment. You will not even realise the difference in lighting if the mode is always. Reducing the brightness on your device helps for apps or programs that do not have the dark mode yet.

6. Improving sensitivity to light

For many phone users, the bright light disturbs when the screen is on. The discomfort is over as soon as the phone goes off. For some, sensitivity to light is a medical condition. Even the sun is too bright for such people.

Doctors call the condition photophobia. The dark theme makes it more comfortable for people with this condition to work and use apps. In addition, the theme helps those who suffer migraines. Prolonged eyestrain often leads to headaches and migraines.

Final thoughts

Before they discover the cure for phone or internet addiction, protect your eyes. Take advantage of this Android app development trend. Activate it for apps and programs that have it in their settings. You can switch to the bright screen at times but if you suffer migraines or photophobia, it is safe to use it always.

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Top 10 Mobile App Categories As Analysed By Android App Designers in Kenya

We recently offered a guide on how to come up with a great app idea. While our core business is developing apps among other solutions, we want you to get your teeth in this industry. You do not need any experience or background in IT or software engineering. You just need the right information from Android app designers in Kenya and other sources.

With millions of apps out there, it sounds okay to assume that the market is flooded. Well, that is not the case. For example, you may look at social media and think Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have it all. But, if you look closely, new social platforms are still coming up.

People are always looking something new, something exciting and different. The question is, do you have it? As we suggest the categories of apps that you can develop, think about the difference that your solution will bring.

Just as it is with physical products, software needs differentiation. Where are the gaps in the category? What are app users looking for but cannot get from the existing apps? Think about these questions as we go through the list of suggested apps.

1. Loan apps

Financial technology has taken Kenya by storm. There is a new loan app anywhere you look. Banks are constantly advertising their mobile banking services and easy loans. That tells you that Kenyans are still looking for quick soft loans.

Get the necessary information on this type of business to get started. Training may be necessary if you do not have a background in finance. Alternatively, gather a team of like-minded people with the necessary skills and knowledge.

2. Taxi Apps

Do you think you can beat Uber and Taxify? Our thoughts: Yes, you can! If you have ever tried to book a ride via these apps during the rush hour, then you know it can be a nightmare. Many Kenyans shun taxi services because of the cost and process of haggling for a cheap ride.

New taxi apps have come up to meet the demand for affordable taxi rides. However, there is room for growth. One secret in this business is balancing the needs of drivers and clients.

Your thoughts should not be limited to taxis. Can you provide any other alternative to the chaotic matatu industry? How about a solution for safe solution carpooling?

3. Dating apps

Here is another favourite category that every aspiring apprenuer should consider. Love makes the world go round and Kenyans are looking for it. People try online dating secretly with the hope that it might lead to something serious. Give them that opportunity. Talk to Android app designers in Kenya and get started.

As you consider these apps, beware that users of dating apps are not entirely loyal. Users often download two or more apps to increase their chances. You just need to give them reasons to open your app every day. If you can offer them quick but close matches, you are right on that path.

4. Betting apps

The betting craze is still on in Kenya. You can make some money while it lasts. The thing with gambling is that it can be addictive. When a person plays for a while without winning on one platform, they look for alternatives.

Your alternative should give them better chances of winning and quick payouts. Make the betting process or user experience seamless. It is advisable to design a website as well. Some people prefer to play on websites but check their apps for instant updates.

5. Social apps

Where social apps are mentioned, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or Whatsapp come to mind. However, there is more to this category that the popular social platforms. The idea of social apps is to bring together people with common interests and keep them talking.

Here is an example. Think about people who enjoy comics, or “bookworms” looking for an online book club. Many app owners are making money by bringing meme lovers or creators together. You too can think creatively and identify untapped social groups.

6. E-commerce apps

You do not need to have a running business to develop an e-commerce app. You can bring buyers and sellers on one platform. If you have a running business, you should be discussing the idea with top Android app designers in Kenya.

While selling products online is attractive, not every business needs an app. In addition, you need a safe and reliable payment method like Mpesa. Give customers value for their money by offering quality products, fair prices, and timely deliveries.

7. Tools

Web and mobile solutions should solve a problem or meet a pressing need. Tools match this description perfectly. The best place to start is to look at your current unmet needs. Can you find a solution for them? Can the solutions be mobile apps?

The category is quite broad from financial management or budgeting tools to maps, music players, photo editors, notepads, and editing tools. Pick one subcategory and find any gaps in meeting the user’s needs.

8. Music and Entertainment

We live in a generation that is either staring on the television screen or their mobile devices. When television programs prove boring, people turn to their phones for entertainment. Think about the time people spend in traffic bored.

An app that offers affordable entertainment will keep their minds occupied. The trick here is to offer something interesting for all users. If you choose to develop a music app, you must include all genres. It helps to include both local and international tracks on the platform.

9. Video players and editors

Video players follow audio or music players closely. Videos have gained popularity in the recent past. Fortunately for app builders, the old video players have limited functions. Your video player should have better features and functions.

Think of both video players and creators. As video content trends, many app users are looking for easy ways to shoot, edit, and share videos. Hence, your subcategories in this field are not limited to music videos.

10. Lifestyle apps

Mobile apps generally improve the quality of our lifestyle. However, the apps that fit in this category focus on a specific aspect. It is always easier to start with solutions in your niche. For instance, those in the beauty industry can use apps to share beauty tips.

Health and fitness are now a huge part of our lives. You can develop an app that combines the two aspects and offer actionable help. Alternatively, you can focus on food choices and offer recipes, diet tips or even meal plans. The list of possible lifestyle apps is long.

Final thoughts

When you browse your app store and check the listings for each category, you will find tens, hundreds, or even thousands of other apps. Beating the competition may seem impossible at first but it is possible. There is a gap or need that none of your competitors has identified or met fully. Extensive research will help you identify this gap and get a new idea. Get the best iOS or Android app designers in Kenya to actualise your idea and you will be on your way to great success.

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Choosing between iOS vs. Android App Development for a Low Budget

Many people come up with great app ideas but abandon them halfway because of budget constraints. Both iOS and Android app development can be expensive for apps with multiple features. Consulting expert developers also pushes the price higher.

Before giving up on your eureka idea, think of alternative ways of developing your app within your budget. The first step is to choose the right platform, as we will discuss in this article. The second step is to minimize the number of features to suit your budget. Remember you can update your app with new features after the launch.

We advise clients to start the development process early and break it down into phases. The tendency to wait too long to implement an idea is costly. Another person can pick up the idea and implement it while you wait to get all the money.

Most clients want an app that runs on both iOS and Android but cannot meet the budget for native apps. Non-native apps have many limitations and may not meet your customers’ needs in terms of functionality and excellent experience. Think about the following tips when facing budget constraints:

1. Target audience

Who are your target users for the new app? Which operating system does your target market use? As of February 2019, the Android operating system had 74.15% of the market share while iOS had 23.28% of the market share worldwide.

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The graph above shows the trend of the market share for the past year. Android has retained the largest market share. Hence, with an Android app, you are likely to reach a wider audience with the right marketing tools.

2. Revenue generation

Are the statistics above enough to help you make a quick decision? Does a large market share guarantee higher sales? The large market share does not always translate into high in-app purchases. One of the critical factors that influence in-app purchase is the users’ purchasing power.

The features of the app and their ability to solve a pressing need in the market also influence purchases. You are in this business to make money. Do not just consider the potential downloads of your app. The downloads should turn into sales.

Android apps offer a higher number of downloads but iOS have higher in-app purchases. You are likely to get more clicks on ads with a high number of downloads on the Android. However, if in-app purchases are your primary source of income, the iOS platform is the winner.

3. Flexibility

When choosing between iOS vs Android app development, think about future changes. After launching the app, the feedback from actual users helps you determine if the app meets the targeted needs. You can modify the features based on the feedback.

The speed of implementing such changes depends on the chosen platform. The Android platform is more flexible than iOS in terms of customizing apps. Hence, choosing Android is advisable if you foresee constant changes, especially for business apps.

4. Development cost

Most developers do not charge a constant price for developing an iOS or Android app. Each app has specific features and requirements that influence the price. In addition, developers use varying cost structures depending on their level of expertise and operating costs.

Another factor that influences the development cost is the time taken to test apps. Android apps are used on multiple devices. Hence, testing the apps takes a longer time than testing iOS apps. You may pay a higher price for the Android app but the benefits of a higher number of users may outweigh the higher cost.

Related: Native Vs Cross-Platform Apps: Advice from Top App Designers in Kenya

5. Timeline

We have talked about building an app in different phases to overcome budget constraints. Sometimes the timing influences the performance of an app in the market. You may lose if you take too long to launch an app.

Remember that other people are searching for new opportunities to make money. The iOS platform may be a better choice if you want to develop an app within a short time frame. As mentioned earlier, testing Android apps takes a while because developers have to check their compatibility with different devices.

6. Publishing rules and costs

Both iOS and Android platforms have different rules and costs for publishing new apps. Apple Store charges an annual publishing fee while Google Play charges a one-time fee. Hence, when considering the cost of Android app development, account for the publishing fees as well.

Apple App Store has more stringent publishing rules than Google Play Store. When considering the publishing process, the Android platform is the best choice. However, you must account for the other aspects of the development process before making the final decision.

7. Operating System Updates

The experience of users on any platform depends on the version of the operating system. If you want the best outcome for your app, target the latest version of an operating system. Discuss with your developer the need to include features that are compatible with the latest version.

iOS updates automatically to the latest version without requiring any effort from users. Android, on the other hand, requires users to activate updates, which takes time. Many users will prefer to use the old version as long as it works to avoid the process of system update.

Source: Ruby Garage

Consider the differences in the charts above. Many Android users were still stuck in the older versions of the system as of the second quarter of 2018.  A small percentage has upgraded to the new Oreo version. The case is different for iOS users. About 76% of the users have the latest iOS 11 version. The difference is mainly on the process of upgrading from the old to the latest version.

Concluding remarks

The dream of many apprenuers is to have a popular app running on both iOS and Android platforms. However, budget constraints hinder many from achieving this dream. Both platforms have a unique set of benefits and limitations. The final decision on whether to go for iOS or Android app development depends on the app you want to introduce. Consider how each tip discussed above applies to your app idea. Start with the most appropriate platform and then expand to the other as you earn from the app.

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