Africa's Mara Corporation announces partnership with Google at Mobile World Congress 2018

african mobile communications africaThe Mara X smartphone is expected to improve access information online and using them for trade and financial services. (Photo: pixabay)Africa's Mara Corporation has partnered with Google to release the Mara X smartphone for the African market in the second quarter of 2018

The Mara X will be launched as part of Google's Android One portfolio and will feature a software experience designed by Google to be both smart and secure, the company revealed.

“Across Africa and in other emerging markets, we need smartphones that are both extremely affordable and high quality,” said Mara chairman Jagdish Thakkar. “These phones will give people the ability to improve their lives through accessing information online and using them for trade and financial services.”

Mara has also created a digital e-commerce ecosystem, which aims to meet the evolving needs of consumers across Africa by investing in key e-commerce enablers, such as financial technology, social media, last mile logistics, as well as the Mara X.

Mara corporation founder, Ashish J Thakkar stated: "The Mara X is a device that people can have fun with, learn with and use to build a better future. Africa is seeing a new generation of entrepreneurs looking for mobile technology to help run their businesses, and the Mara X will work for them to pursue greater heights. Our continent is expected to have over 700 million smartphones within a few years, and that connectivity will truly transform lives."

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