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Here’s when your Nokia Phone will receive Android 10

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Nokia has been pretty serious with their promise to send out Android Upgrades for two years. All their first gen Nokia phones launched in 2017 (except for Nokia 2) currently run Android 9 Pie. Recently, HMD Global announced they will add an extra year of security updates to these first gen devices.

After Google’s announcement of Android 10 following the dropping off of the dessert naming structure, HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer took to Twitter to outline the roadmap for when Nokia devices will be receiving Android 10.

Here’s the full roadmap:

Nokia Android 10 Roadmap

As you can see, the first Nokia phones to receive Android 10 will be dong so in the next coming months. These will be the Nokia 7.1, Nokia 8.1 and Nokia 9 Pureview. We can expect these three phones to be among, if not the very first phones in the world to receive official Android 10 when that rolls out. Remember, anyone with the Nokia 8.1 is currently receiving Android 10 Latest Preview as an OTA update.

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Anyway, let’s breakdown that table into a chart. Will try and update the dates or months if and when that becomes available.

Timeframe Device
Quarter 4 2020 Nokia 7.1
Nokia 8.1
Nokia 9 Pureview
Early Quarter 1 2020 Nokia 6.1
Nokia 6.1 Plus
Nokia 7 Plus
Mid Quarter 1 2020 Nokia 2.2
Nokia 3.1 Plus
Nokia 3.2
Nokia 4.2
Late Quarter 1 2020 Nokia 1 Plus
Nokia 5.1 Plus
Nokia 8 Sirocco
Quarter 2 2020 Nokia 2.1
Nokia 5.1
Nokia 3.1
Nokia 1

What HMD Global is assuring all Nokia phone users is that by the end of June 2020, all these phones should be running Android 10 if everything goes okay. Not many companies can boast of such dedication to Android Updates. By the time HMD updates all these devices, many flagship devices from both Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi etc. will not have received any serious timelines on the same. Which is a shame when you think of the prices of Nokia devices versus these flagships.

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WhereIsMyTransport raises $7.5m from Google & Toyota for expansion

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WhereIsMyTransport, a UK and South African-based mass public transport and data analytics firm has raised $7.5m to extend its global reach, scale its data-collection practice, and develop new technology to translate complex data into useful information for commuters in low- and middle-income cities.

WhereIsMyTransport’s Series A round was led by Liil Ventures, with participation from returning investors Global Innovation Fund and Goodwell Investments, plus new strategic investment from Google, Nedbank, Liil Ventures, and Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC).

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to invest in WhereIsMyTransport’s Series A funding,” says Mr. Masato Yamanami, Automotive Division’s CEO of Toyota Tsusho Corporation. “Our division’s global network, that covers 146 countries, is primarily focused on new emerging countries where people rely on informal public transport. Through strategic collaboration with WhereIsMyTransport, we will establish better and more efficient mobility services that help to resolve social challenges and contribute to the overall economic development of nations, primarily emerging nations.”

Founded in 2015, the startup has more than 750,000 km of routes in 39 cities, collecting more mobility data in emerging markets than any other organisation. The company’s integrated mobility hub translates formal and informal public transport data into information for citizens, governments, and third parties. 

The platform is mapping the emerging world’s public transport networks, to become the de facto source of information for governments and service providers to improve transport services for hundreds of millions of people worldwide. 

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The startup first began its work in Africa, before expanding into India, Southeast Asia, and Latin America in 2018 to address mobility, a fundamental driver of social, political, and economic growth.

The absence of information about these services makes them unreliable and unpredictable. WhereIsMyTransport is on a mission to change that, using data and technology to develop solutions to this problem so that everyone in these markets has the basic freedom of movement they need to be able to improve their circumstances.

Janade Du Plessis, Head of Alternative Investments and Venture Capital at Nedbank added: “Nedbank CIB is at the forefront of investing in disruptive technologies that are able to make a meaningful difference to people’s lives – including smart city initiatives that leverages Nedbank’s strategy of financing our infrastructure, transport and logistics clients. Our investment will support the company’s expansion into key African regions, and we will use our network and our influence on the continent to unlock new corporate partnerships.“ 


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Microsoft for Start-ups initiative to empower 14 Kenyan social enterprises

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Microsoft, through its Microsoft for Start-ups initiative, today announced the launch of its Global Social Entrepreneurship programme at a plenary session of the Sankalp Africa Summit 2020. 

Microsoft’s Global Social Entrepreneurship programme has benefits aimed at elevating start-ups addressing an important social and environmental challenge through their products, services or operations. As a platform for innovation, entrepreneurship and impact investing, the Sankalp Forum was the ideal place for Microsoft, a strategic partner of the forum, to make this important announcement. 

“Solving global social and environmental challenges requires synergy of the right technology, partners, conducive environment and technology. When start-ups work together with investors, enterprises, governments, non-profits and communities, we are able to unlock new potentials,” said Microsoft4Afrika Director Amrote Abdella at the launch of the programme. 

This global initiative is designed to help social enterprise start-ups build and scale their companies to do good globally. Microsoft believes in providing the foundational building blocks to help social entrepreneurs create companies that can achieve worldwide impact. Social enterprises that become part of the Global Social Entrepreneurship programme will receive access to free Microsoft cloud technologies, including up to $120,000 in Azure credits, along with technical support and guidance. 

Microsoft is deeply inspired by the commitment of these social entrepreneurs, who are focusing their passion for positive change on improving human health and the environment, advancing social and economic equity, and much more.

Social impact startups from around the world are welcome to apply. The criteria to qualify for the programme includes a business metric that measures impact on an important social or environmental challenge; an established product or service that will benefit from access to enterprise customers; and a commitment to the ethical and responsible use of AI. Qualified startups will be eligible for grants in the areas of sustainability, accessibility, skills and employability. 

A dedicated programme manager will help Global Social Entrepreneurship start-ups market and sell solutions and connect to large commercial organisations and nongovernmental organisations that are potential customers. Participants focused on sustainability, accessibility, and skills and employability will also be eligible for grants. Furthermore, the social enterprises that join the Global Social Entrepreneurship programme will be part of a worldwide community of like-minded innovators who come together to share ideas, foster connections and celebrate success. 

The programme is available in 140 countries and will actively seek to support underrepresented founders with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. 

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Microsoft has been intentional in its development of partnerships in the agri-tech space that have a shared theme of building locally relevant technology solutions that support social good. Through the 4Afrika initiative, Microsoft has collaborated with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to co-create technology solutions in Africa. The partnership explores the uses of big data and AI in enabling data-driven, precision farming that increases farm productivity and profitability, and supports AGRA’s digital transformation as it works to improve food security for 30 million farming households across 11 countries by 2021. 

The partnership is demonstrative of Microsoft’s ongoing investment in agri-tech across the continent, and stands alongside investments such as Microsoft4Afrika’s support of the World Bank’s 1 Million Farmers Platform.

As part of the partnership, 4Afrika is supporting 14 Kenyan social entrepreneurs selected to join the platform, who are developing technology solutions that promote access to financial services and markets for farmers. Microsoft has also partnered and supported other social entrepreneurs in agri-tech like Twiga Foods, a mobile-based business-to-business food supply platform that links smallholder farmers in rural Kenya to informal retail vendors in cities, and SunCulture, which has a solar-based system that offers farmers personalised recommendations and solutions through their mobile phones. 

Shujaaz Inc is one of the most innovative socially-oriented communications research and media production companies on the African continent. The company is turning Kenyan youth into field researchers, tapping into unique social trend data. Their youth platform leverages their 3,000+ youth network, empowering them to run research on their behalf. The support from Microsoft4Afrika has enabled Shujaaz to do this on a large scale, providing a quick and easy tool that facilitates easy data collection from across Kenya. 

“Social entrepreneurship has to be the future for a sustainable world: it’s only when we align the interests of business and society that we can all thrive and grow. With the launch of the Global Social Entrepreneurship programme it’s wonderful to see Microsoft once again showing leadership and demonstrating the values we believe in. Shujaaz Inc is proud to be working with Microsoft to build a better future for young people in Africa,” says Rob Burnet, CEO of Shujaaz Inc.

Upepo Technology is a Kenyan technology firm that develops IoT (Internet of Things) solutions for the country’s water sector. The company partners with utilities to deploy smart water metering devices that provide real-time monitoring of water infrastructure, moving towards a more holistic view of water consumption in Kenya, with the ultimate goal of providing access to water for people across the country. 

Upepo’s solution secured the company a Microsoft AI for Earth grant in April 2019, which provides access to cloud and AI tools, as well as opportunities for education and training on AI and investments in innovative, scalable solutions.


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11 African Start-ups To Participate To X-Africa Forum

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11 African Start-ups have been selected to participate in the X-Africa Forum organized by École Polytechnique, France’s top science and engineering school, also known as L’X.

The X-Africa Forum is dedicated to African entrepreneurship and aims to increase the visibility of the participating startups and to attract more investors as well as to raise awareness about the untapped potential of the continent for economic growth.

Every year, about a hundred start-ups from the African continent submitted their applications to participate in the Forum. Among them, 15 start-ups on average are selected each year. This year, 11 high-potential ones have been invited. Please find the list below:

  • Neofarmertech (Senegal)
  • MUSA CS (Togo)
  • KALTANI (Nigeria)
  • NUMERIC ART (Benin)
  • Bongalo (Rwanda)
  • OPTIMIZE AFRIKA SARL (Ivory Coast)
  • Baobab+ (France, Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast, Madagascar)
  • African Food (Côte d’Ivoire)
  • Relika (Togo)
  • Bedoo (Ivory Coast)
  • Afriwomen Connect Consultancy (Kenya)

More than 2,000 people are expected to attend (students, alumni, young entrepreneurs, industrial decision-makers, journalists, etc). On the program for this 2020 edition:

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  • Workshops on Artificial Intelligence, Banking in Africa: challenges and opportunities, innovation in energies;
  • two round tables (African digital transition & which investment model for Africa?);
  • a conference on Energy in Africa: An Integrated Vision and an Opportunity;
  • a pitching contest for the 11 selected start-ups.

Largely internationalized (40% of its students, 39% of its teaching staff), École polytechnique combines research, teaching and innovation at the highest scientific and technological levels. The school promotes a culture of excellence with a strong emphasis on science, open to a great humanist tradition.

Indeed, its ambition is to welcome more African students, and large-scale efforts have been made in target countries to support the emergence or consolidation of local preparatory classes and vocational training courses, particularly in Côte d’Ivoire, Morocco, Senegal and Guinea.


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