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The Safaricom AppStar challenge, are you the ONE?

September 10, 2012 3 comments

Are you a talented developer? Do you have ideas that you believe could change the mobile apps industry forever? Then this is your chance to show the world what you have. Take part in the Safaricom AppStar challenge and stand a chance to win a grand prize of 1 million Kshs!

Safaricom together with Vodafone launched the AppStar challenge, a mobile application developer competition where the best developer will take home a top prize of Kshs 1 million.

The objective of the AppStar challenge is to promote and foster local content development by providing developers with an opportunity to showcase and publicize their apps.

Besides offering a monetary reward, the Appstar competition will provide developers with an opportunity to showcase their skills at a regional level.  The applications will also be hosted on the Safaricom and Vodafone apps stores for use by customers within these networks.

Participating coutries include  Kenya, Lesotho, South Africa, Tanzania, Egypt, Ghana and Qatar.

Who can participate in the challenge?
The challenge is open to all developers and students wishing to participate in the competition, provided that they are resident in Kenya. Participants younger than 18 years must have a legal guardian to represent them and accept the prize on their behalf should they win the competition. 

The Challenge commences on 6th September 2012.  The registration of applicants will close on 26th October and all application entries must be received by 23.59hr 2nd November 2012.

Competitors may submit more than one entry/application to the Competition, and each entry/application that is submitted to the Competition may be eligible to win one or more of the prizes. Judging of such submissions will be done independently for each application.

The prizes (local) include:

  1. Grand Prize Ksh 1,000,000
  2. Runners Up Ksh 500,000
  3. Category Winner Ksh 100,000

The Process:

Developers/Applicants will go through the following process to submit their applications. A portal has been provided for this purpose. This can be accessed through SafaricomAppstar.com

  • Registration
    Developers will be required to fill in the registration form
  • Build
    Process where developers will develop their apps
  • Publish
    Process of publishing the app to Vodafone app stores
  • Submission
    The process of submitting applications for participation in the competition

The following platforms are supported:

The following platforms are supported

  • Symbian
  • Java
  • Android
  • Blackberry

How will the winers be selected?

Selection of the competition winners shall take place in a two stage process: Local and International Competition

  1. All qualifying entries will be evaluated from 3rd November to 16th November, 2012 by a jury, consisting of representatives selected by Safaricom.
  2. The Jury will select 6 winning entries one from each category
  3. From the selected 6 category winning entries, the Jury will then select the top 3 entries for the local grand prizes and the first 2 entries will qualify to compete in the International Round of this competition.

The international round takes place in December in South Africa with the Winner and Runner up eligible to compete for the international prizes.

Safaricom expects to have its appstore running in the next few months.

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HTC One X now available at Safaricom shops

August 23, 2012 Leave a comment

The HTC One X is now available at Safaricom shops and is retailing at around Kshs 60,000/-. The One X was released before the Galaxy SIII, but boasts of many equally good or even better features.

A look at the key features of this phone:

  • Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support
  • 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • 4.7″ 16M-color Super LCD 2 capacitive touchscreen of HD resolution (720 x 1280 pixels); Gorilla glass
  • Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich with latest HTC Sense 4.0
  • 1.5 GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 CPUs, low-power companion core, ULP GeForce 2 GPU, Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset
  • 1 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage
  • 8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash; face detection and geotagging
  • 1080p and 720p video recording @ 24fps with stereo sound
  • 720p front-facing camera for video-chat
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Accelerometer, proximity sensor and auto-brightness sensor
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v4.0
  • MHL TV-out (requires MHL-to-HDMI adapter)
  • DivX/XviD video support
  • Beats audio enhancements

The One X has a  polycarbonate body that gives it an extra solid feel and grip, compared to the Galaxy SIII’s glossy feel, but at the same time it locks the battery and gives no memory expanison options (no microSD card slot).  

The One X makes use of  Corning glass as well just like the Galaxy SII, making its lustrous screens safe, using the second-gen Gorilla Glass which is both safer and slimmer.

The HTC One X comes with a pretty large 1800 mAh battery, but this falls short of the 2100 mAh that powers the  Galaxy S III. But to make up for this short fall the HTC pack a ‘fifth’ core,  a low-power companion core that helps it save some extra juice.

The HTC One X, just like the HTS One S, comes with Android 4.0.3 and Sense 4.0 – both the latest and greatest Google and HTC have to offer.

In a nutshell the One X is superior hardware wise, while the Galaxy SIII has proved itself considerably on the software front, especially with the impressive Direct Call and Smart Stay features.

Device reviews have summarised the two flagships thus: The HTC One X – this is what a droid flagship should look like. The Samsung Galaxy S III – that’s what a droid flagship should perform like.

HTC’s Taiwanese owners strategy of focusing on fewer high-end products is under a test with their latest offering into the smartphones market.

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