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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 picks up stable Android 10

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is the latest Samsung smartphone series to get an upgrade to stable Android 10.

The devices, which have been in the company’s Android 10 beta programme since late October, will be receiving the update over the course of the next few years.

Users of the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ in Germany who had enrolled in the beta are receiving the update.

Samsung had released 5 builds of the beta software for the Galaxy Note 10 series.

The Galaxy Note 10 series becomes the second smartphone lineup, after the flagship Galaxy S10 family, to receive Android 10.

Initially, it had been estimated that the Galaxy Note 10 series would get its Android 10 update in the new year with the Galaxy S10 receiving it days before the end of the year. In all accounts, the Korean giant has come out ahead perhaps signalling a change in the approach towards updates.

Still, given the dynamics involved in the update process, most users are likely to get the update in the new year.

Samsung’s Android 10 update brings with it an updated version of its custom user experience interface, One UI 2.0. One UI 2.0 features several new features that build on what the brand started with the first generation of the software as well as all the key changes that Google brought to Android with version 10.

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The update also arrives with the latest December security patch.

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What You Need To Know About YouTube Analytics

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Do you want to understand YouTube analytics?

I used to think that all you needed to do on YouTube was to post videos and it would grow without even trying. However, YouTube is not as simple as you think, this is why people who invest their time on YouTube content and videos always tend to do well, most likely because they took their time to understand how the metrics work and would keep tracking their analytics especially because YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world after Google. Here are simple ways to understand your metrics.

1. Watch time

From YouTube’s perspective, Watch Time, or the estimated total minutes spent viewing your content, is more important than a raw view. The updated Analytics dashboard makes this clear by dedicating an entire section to this new, more telling metric of video performance. You need to track your watch time so that you understand if you need to go back to the drawing board and either change the quality of your videos or use a better video editing app.

2. Understand your traffic sources

Where are you getting more numbers when it comes to your content? YouTube has a comprehensive report that shows you a graph displaying various sources of traffic. This is meant to help you understand where your audience are getting your videos. By understanding this report, you’re able to see where you need to focus on to increase your reach.

3. Get the demographic right

You might have a commercial YouTube channel but majority of your audience are below the age of 18, which would then be rather pointless. However, if your demographic is right you’re able to create content for the right age group as YouTube shows you the gender that is consuming your content, geographical location and age group as well.

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4. Where is your audience

Determining where your videos are being viewed can help you understand how your audience is discovering your content. Are they searching and finding it through YouTube itself or via external websites? This way you can easily understand if you need to optimize your content or whether the real opportunities is getting your videos embedded on external websites and blogs.

5. Quality of views

Do you want to know if people are actually watching all your videos until the end? You can take a look at the audience retention rate which shows you how long people watched your video for and when the drop off was. This way, you can see if your videos are too long or is it because of the topic that you chose. Using this information, you can figure out where you lost your viewers’ attention and what may have caused them to leave, which helps you prevent similar mistakes in the future.

6. Track your subscribers

How many subscribers do you have? and how many people are following you and also track the Subscribers using the report you can view the amount of subscribers you lost or gained on a video-by-video basis.

7. Monitor your comments

It’s important to track your comments and always respond accordingly. Always ensure that you have responded to comments to keep your audience engaged.


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Vilcap, AMI launch NextGen Ecosystem Builders for startup talent in Africa

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Village Capital (Vilcap) and African Management Institute, with support from the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF), have launched NextGen Ecosystem Builders Africa 2020 to support the growth of talent in accelerators and incubators in Africa.

Vilcap and African Management Institute, say the management development program, open for applications here includes training on both technical skills and soft skills for participating mid-level team members within entrepreneur support organisations in Africa.

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Africa’s startup ecosystems have experienced incredible growth in recent years, driven in part by the rise of entrepreneur support organisations (ESOs) which encompass coworking spaces, accelerators, incubators, business advisory firms, markerspaces/fablabs and tech hubs. The number of active Tech Hubs has tripled from 200 in 2015 to more than 600 in 2019.

These organisations are critical to the success of Africa’s burgeoning entrepreneurship sector, providing entrepreneurs with business training, access to markets, networks and mentors, financial and social capital, and in-kind support. They are key to unlocking the pipeline of early-stage innovation in Africa, and driving investment and job creation across the continent.

However, these ESOs face their own barriers to sustainability and growth. As highlighted in Village Capital’s 2019 report Unlocking Pipeline, these barriers include talent attraction and retention, the ability to absorb increasing amounts of capital from donors, impact measurement, efficiency and productivity of internal operations, and time/budget to develop, test and enhance products and services. 

All of these challenges can be overcome through the vision and execution of a strong team, especially the mid-level managers who lead programs or departments and are responsible for the successful implementation of services/programs for entrepreneurs. These mid-level team members with the strategic guidance of strong leadership are the key to delivering exceptional outcomes at the organisational level. 

Currently, overstretched budgets and intense program schedules leave very little time to provide these critical team members with skill enhancement and professional development to overcome these barriers and deliver better outcomes to the entrepreneurs and enterprises they serve. 

Village Capital and African Management Institute, with support from the Dutch Good Growth Fund, have launched a management training program for the next generation of talent within entrepreneur support organisations in Africa. 

Apply here.


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Jumia Kenya appoints new CCO to drive commercial success

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Jumia Kenya has appointed Kenneth Oyolla as its Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) to drive commercial success as the firm eyes new revenue streams.

Oyolla joins Jumia from IPS Group Limited where he previously held the same position. He brings a wealth of experience from the industry, having held senior Commercial and Management positions across Unilever, Nokia, Microsoft and Multichoice.

He has vast knowledge in Brand and Marketing Management, Brand and Sales Management, Product Marketing, Customer Marketing, Global Business Development, and E-commerce Sales Management

He will be tasked to grow the company’s position as the leading e-commerce marketplace in Kenya, drive commercial success of the company and shape its strategic plan for growth.

Kenneth holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Nairobi and is an alumni of London Business School.  He is an accomplished leader with deep operational and leadership experience gained across multiple geographies globally.

Prior to joining Jumia, Kenneth has held various roles as a startup entrepreneur and in general management roles in the software and broadcast media as well as manufacturing industries with Multichoice and Industrial Promotion Services.

Kenneth takes over from Diana Owusu-Kyereko, who, after nearly 3 years as part of the Jumia Kenya family, will be taking on the role of CEO for Jumia Ghana.

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Jumia recently sold its Africa travel business to TravelStart, a Cape Town-based online travel agency. The firm also shut down its operations in Rwanda, its third African market.

TravelStart will power Jumia Travel’s pan-African online travel booking portal and will take control of the sales, fulfilment and customer service aspects of Jumia Travel online booking websites in all its operating territories.


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