In January 2011, I wrote my piece, Recognise Nigeria or Take a Walk, in response to the situation back then in which major smartphone players except Nokia were snobbing support for Nigeria while expecting our people to buy their handsets. What was the point of selling smartphones to us if we can’t purchase apps to maximise the smartphone experience?
In my article, I announced MobilityNigeri’s campaign to largely ignore those who were guilty of ignoring us. It was a move to better the lot of the Nigerian smartphone user in general.
At the last count, a total of three (3) major players were actively supporting Nigeria – Nokia/Symbian, Blackberry, and Android. These 3 platforms make up over 70% of the global smartphone market.
With Nokia’s strategic partnership with Microsoft, we expect to see WindowsPhone join and boost those ranks, so more is still on the way. Apple has been paying Nigeria some attention of late, with a section on their site dedicated to us (though the Nigerian section only officially lists the iPod, Mac, and iTunes). Still, Nigerians are able to signup for iTunes and download free apps for their iPhones and iPads. Some others with international credit cards are able to make purchases.
In my opinion, our point has been made and our objective achieved. Things are looking good for Nigeria in the mobile smartphone ecosystem. Nigeria is no longer ignored in the grand scheme of things. Also, with the recent transition of MobilityNigeria’s focus from just Nigeria to global happenings, it is time to loosen up again and put aside our blacklist.
As such, our readers can expect news, articles and reviews covering any mobile platform (even one like WebOS that has no footprint in Nigeria at all). Whatever your preferred platform is – Android, Symbian, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Phone, WebOS, or Bada – MobilityNigeria has you covered.
The number 1 Nigerian blog just got more exciting. Let’s go there!