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GIDI COMPARE IS AN ONLINE PLATFORM THAT GIVES YOU DETAILED COMPARISON ON TWO OR MORE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES IN LAGOS.

Except you want to keep living (unnecessarily) lavish and doing stuff for the gram, then sign up here. Providing information in 5 categories such as: Gidi Creatives, Gidi Food & Drinks, Gidi Turn Up, Gidi Restaurants, Gidi Services; this platform is the answer to many Lagosians silent prayers, behind the instagram curtains, coming back to real life, everyone wants a cheaper option, it is why even when you are commuting by publi buses (if you are not a honorary uber user), you hesitate to enter when only bus inflates the price. 

Further offering an option where you can tell them how much you have and what you want to do under the "Gidi Budget", you input how much you have, how many people you would be chilling with (perfect for group hangouts) and then they give you a detailed analysis on how much fun you can have and where you can have it; thus, it makes its way to our top innovations so far for this year, for being realistic, transparent and taking a continuous walk into the average Nigerian's shoes.

it’s pretty normal [and in fact sane] to desire to make informed choices before using a service or completing a purchase – That’s why we are here for you. GidiCompare gives you detailed comparison of two or more products or services in Lagos, Nigeria.

We are highly independent and we endeavor not to give flawed or biased information to you. We are also pretty dedicated to giving detailed information. On Gidicompare, to compare is to be smart!
— www.gidicompare.com

Making host to another feature "Gidi Tips" where there details of upcoming events are constantly updated, and in a nutshell they give you "the best tips and secrets on getting the most out of Lagos", from putting up a directory of Lagos emergency numbers (prior to this I did not even think we had these numbers), we have kept them below for you too and discounts and any news they think and I affirm would be of great value to you.

You can register your self/brand on their platform too under the section "join us" where relevant information would be asked of you including ability and willingness to travel. We think it is a totally great innovation as it is in tandem with consumer insight and helping solving actual problems, what do you think?

Lagos Emergency Numbers
AGENCY  NUMBERS Distress Call    767, 112

Distressed/Collapsed Building (LASPPDA)    01-5931947, 4933658, 4931940, 7630854

Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS/LASEMS)   08022887777,08022883678,08022887788, 01-7413744,01-7930490,01-7639939

Open Corpse (SEHMU) 08034279776, 08033602259, 08023356540, 08030789190

Rapid Response Squad (RRS)   08056250710,08033482380,08023127350, 08033355544, 01-7750715,01-4970389, 01-4970062, 01-4931261, 01-4920388

Traffic Control (LASTMA)    08075005411, 08023111742, 08077551000

Fire/Safety Services    08033234943, 08023321770

Tax Issues (LIRS)    08033033121,08033047270,01-4979030-4

Refuse Issues (LAWMA)    5577 (TOLL FREE), 07080601020,08023128099

Fake Drugs/Narcotics (TASK FORCE)    08033213799, 08034975296

NAFDAC    01-4528031,01-4731018 NDLEA    0803347868

Nigeria Police 08033011052, 08056250710, 08033183477

They can also make these number shorter, because in cases of actual distress, going through my contact list would not be a fist option, there might not even be that much time.

 

The Possible Death of Nigerian Data Giants?

MUSIC PRODUCER, DON JAZZY,  LAUNCHES FLOBYT TO PROVIDE FREE WIFI TO PUBLIC PLACES IN NIGERIA 

Don't use your data. Use ours. Flobyt Wifi is a free, fast, reliable and easy to use wifi service across our partner locations including; eateries, parks, taxis, buses, restaurants, cafés and many more. Flobyt Wifi is designed to replicate your 'at home' wifi experience, when you're out and about.

I would like to start this piece by saying, a lot of necessary things in Nigeria have stipulated outrageous prices, things like water, food and toiletries (special emphasis on female hygiene materials). Data is expensive, even if you are a billionaire you know that this is true, not only is it expensive, it gets exhausted before you spell out D-A-T-A. Now in the rare event where it is affordable you would literally have to go to extreme ends and corners of your location, waving your hands as if trying to signal at someone across the road, just to get adequate data service. What this high cost of data does is put a hedge on total exploration and benefits as relates to internet usage. 

Hopefully to put an end to data and its affiliated struggles, Music Producer and Mogul, Micheal Collins Ajereh aka Don Jazzy has teamed up with Nigerian technology entrepreneur and founder of Tsaboin, Dele Odufuye, to launch Flobyt Wifi. Flobyt WiFi is a free WiFi service to be installed across public spaces in Lagos such as restaurants, parks, taxis, buses, restaurants etc. The locations would have to be Flobyt partners, of course.

DELE ODUFUYE, FOUNDER OF TSABOIN

DELE ODUFUYE, FOUNDER OF TSABOIN

According to co-founder, Dele Odufuye:

Flobyt is 100% free for the users and our partner locations, all you have to do is walk in and log in. In fact, our working slogan is ‘Don’t use your data, use ours’.

We know that this is not the first free WiFi proposition in Nigeria. However, we have state of the art technology, speed, security and speed to make it an enduring one.
DON JAZZY, MUSIC PRODUCER AND CO-FOUNDER, FLOBYT WIFI

DON JAZZY, MUSIC PRODUCER AND CO-FOUNDER, FLOBYT WIFI

The WiFi service is unrestricted for customers in the vicinity of a Flobyt partner location. Now, although it is not the only free WiFi solution in Nigeria as there is Gospot among others, the co-founders of flobyt plan to take the long term train. Flobyt WiFi is already installed in various locations across Lagos. Low traffic spaces can currently accommodate 10 – 30 users at a time, while places with higher traffic goes up to 80 users at once. With expansion plans which include establishing first the rest of Nigeria, then West Africa and ultimately throughout Africa to give the public access to free internet, we are eager to see flobyt come and develop itself.

This leads us to our important question, would the advent of free WiFi services put an end to the long standing reign of telecommunication giants like MTN, Airtel, Glo and Etisalat. There are two perspectives to the question:

Firstly, I would like to daresay YES!, if you are an entrepreneur/business owner or basically have sole access to a smart phone; you know how much more money you would get to save and be able to invest in other aspects of your business or life if you had to save money on data expenses. Businesses would perform better if they have unrestricted access to WiFi and internet activities especially businesses whose existence and thriving relies the internet and the barely exploited world of social media as a business tool. If you've lived abroad and had to come back to maybe visit or set up a business in Nigeria, you would admit it was harder for you to a lot of things, because of the lack of free public WiFi; what this simple instance says is that internet access is the sole surviving base of business and without that or difficult access to it, business would be limited and inhibited from reaching their full potential.

Secondly, NO! Nigerians hate change and simultaneously lock the gates to development and in this case, technological advancement. Fear of the unknown and ignorance do not create an environment for growth through resistance and refusal of suggested way outs of obvious problems. In the course of writing this article, I spoke to a friend and exclaimed in Joy, how there will now finally be free WiFi in Nigeria, and guess what? she rolled her eyes, and adamantly said she would rather stick to buying data rather than let some man make money off using free WiFi. Nigerians are resistant to the smallest form of change.

In conclusion, while a large percentage of I would like to say educated and "woke" Nigerians would buy into this idea, especially  millennials (you know anything to be able to spend long hours on social media) and starts-ups/entrepreneurs, if this happens what may be the outcome is a re-branding of telecommunication giants and or merging into one and working hand-in-hand with phone cpmpanies to become defualt service providers, either ways we project a great decline in the patronizing of ISP's (Internet Service Providers).

We believe that just because it is free doesn’t mean you should endure “anyhowness”. Our FREE wifi is fast and secure. We do not limit the website you visit per session you are connected.

FREE Flobyt Wifi are available around you. If you are in Lagos, Abuja, Port-Harcourt or Ibadan, check out any of partner locations,
and patronize them. While you are at it, look out for Wifi signal on your phone. Connect normally as you would any other network.

Is there a Future for the Nigerian Mobile Industry?

WOULD NIGERIANS LET THE LIKES OF KOSMOS MOBILE AND OBI PHONE PHASE OUT IPHONE?

I am currently saving up to buy an iPhone so I'm sure not if it is appropriate to write this article, Anyway, stick with me. Smartphones have come a long way since the advent of the iPhone in 2007 with healthy contenders like Samsung, google and HTC; they still wear the smartphone crown. 

The question now is, would Nigerians who have what I like to call an adopted habit of patronizing foreign products to be tagged as "cool" and all social media "#goals", give  the indigenous mobile industry a chance to defeat the iPhone or at least even patronize them? I'd say no! Why? Due to a constant behavioural pattern exhibited. 

Truth is after the #buynigeriatogrownigeria movement was launched, Nigerians are still always quick to show off their foreign buys on social media because they have been brainwashed to think it makes one cool. We are not here to dispute the fact that Apple products are super awesome and for now has the best phone camera, but if we do not patronize Nigerian made phones, we cannot first of all ascertain the performance and this would also discourage producers to further develop the prototypes. 

KOSMOS MOBILE

CHRIS OMBEH, CEO OF KOSMOS INNOVATION INTERNATIONAL

CHRIS OMBEH, CEO OF KOSMOS INNOVATION INTERNATIONAL

I have always been fascinated by mobile phone technology, for me, this is an opportunity to play an active part in its evolution.

Hardware and design

The Kosmos Mobile has all the makings of a mid to high range device targeted at emerging markets. At 7.2mm, in width a 5.5 inch FHD 1080p display and a Dual SIM (LTE) capability, a 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory (expandable) makes the phone promising; it also offers an octa-core processor, all powered by a 2600 mAh non-removable battery, a 13MP camera powered by Sony and a finger print sensor.

THE POWER BUTTON AND VOLUME CONTROL ON THE RIGHT, |   techpointng

THE POWER BUTTON AND VOLUME CONTROL ON THE RIGHT, | techpointng

HEADPHONE JACK AT THE TOP | techpoint.ng

HEADPHONE JACK AT THE TOP | techpoint.ng

SIMCARD TRAY ON THE LEFT |   techpoint.ng

SIMCARD TRAY ON THE LEFT | techpoint.ng

With a battery of 2600 mAh and an average life of four hours, according to techpoint.ng

The Kosmos Mobile (unnamed model 2) is a pretty decent phone all round, that you easily forget it’s still in the prototype phase. My verdict is that, despite some UX and design flaws, it holds a lot of promise.

With a planned public release for 2017, there’s ample time to make all the necessary tweaks. All that’s left now is the funding to make mass production a reality. Up to this stage, Kosmos Mobile has been fully bootstrapped. But Chris tells me Kosmos  Mobile is currently on the lookout for investors. So far, they’ve managed to garner interest from a Nigerian investor who might be willing to invest seed funding into the parent company, i.e Kosmos Innovation International

The plan is to launch 3 models in 2017 — this one I reviewed, which will cater to the high end at 70k and 2 other models priced 26k and 45k.

Chris’ long term plan is to have Kosmos Mobile “become the top mobile phone product in Nigerian and around Africa”. From all indications, he is in for the long haul. Having never really been in paid employment for a single day in his life, Chris left the UK, following completion of his first degree in Business Information, for Malaysia. There he co-founded two companies before moving back to Nigeria to found Kosmos Innovation Limited.

“I have always had ideas which I would love to share with the world”, Chris says, “and the only way to do that is having the freedom which entrepreneurship brings.”

With such huge ambitions for Kosmos Mobile, one can only patiently wait to observe how they deliver in 2017.


OBI PHONES

It’s been more than 30 years since John Sculley became the CEO of Apple, where he presided over some of the company’s biggest hits — and the controversial ouster of its co-founder, Steve Jobs. Sculley was forced out of the company in 1993 after a series of missteps, but he never left the world of tech. Sculley’s latest venture is Obi Worldphone, a new mobile device manufacturer attempting to take advantage of the billion people expected to upgrade over the next three years from low-end "starter" smartphones to more full-featured models. Obi released five smartphones made with off-the-shelf parts in the United Arab Emirates last year as a kind of test, and the company says it has already climbed to 5 percent market share there.

The phones were designed by Ammunition, the high-powered San Francisco design firm whose previous credits include the original designs for Beats headphones. Robert Brunner, a partner at Ammunition who previously collaborated with Sculley on devices including Apple’s PowerBook and Newton PDA, led the effort.

Obi will distinguish itself from competitors with eye-catching design details and better components than its target customers are used to. "Our differentiation is no-compromise, beautiful design,"

What is unique about Obi Worldphones is the role that Robert and his team play. We said, the only way we’ll go into this business is if we’re convinced we can build products with no compromise. They have to not just look cool, but be perfect in terms of fit and finish. They have to not just look cool, but be perfect in terms of fit and finish.
OBI PHONE 2.jpg

Both phones run a slightly modified version of Android Lollipop the company calls Lifespeed. At this point, there’s not much to Lifespeed — it’s essentially a custom lock screen with some original background wallpaper. But it will evolve over time, Obi says. Sculley says the design makes no compromises despite its low price. The SF1 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB or 3GB of RAM, and 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, expandable up to an additional 64GB with a micro SD card. (The higher-end model costs 78,372 Naira) The back-facing camera has a 13-megapixel camera with automatic focus, powered by Sony’s IMX214 Exmor sensor, and allows for geotagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, panoramas, and 1080p video at 30 fps. The front camera has a 5-megapixel camera and LED flash. The SF1 also features Dolby Audio with 7.1 channels of high-fidelity sound, along with dual microphones for noise cancellation. The battery is a more than respectable 3,000 milliamps.

Despite the promises made by smartphones as regards performance in their advertisements,hard truth is for example a 13mp HTC phone will not do nearly as well as an 8MP apple phone; so i can't even blame consumers and this clear cut higher performance by apple phones reflects in sales as apple owns nearly 92% of profits made in smartphone business while HTC barely has 2%. So the question is, how can other smartphone users win the hearts of their consumers in Nigeria? We have four simple ways we think they can

// Battery Life- it is no deep knowledge the sad situation of power supply in Nigeria, so a longer battery life would be a great selling point.

// Price & Functionality- Well, maybe not for you, but it is hard for people especially in these times of recession, so if you are going to make someone cough out money for a phone at least make it worth it terms of functionality relating to quality enjoyed during user experience.

// Camera- We know it will be expensive to fit in a high quality camera, but don't have consumers walking around with a 13MP camera that barely lives up to the hype.

// Operating System & Updates- Most people hardly get the chance to update their phones till they get a new one for a new experience; so when they get the phone, it's only right that a team is constantly working to better their user experience with cinstant updates.

 

2017: Year of the Consumer: Trend 5 [Mobile Friendly Businesses]

A lot of businesses took on the responsibility of making their platforms mobile friendly, by applying responsive interfaces; and a reliable payment gateway, payU was created for online shopping.

2016 saw more internet penetration across the global, even down to Africa. Business went more online seeing as consumers spent more then online via their mobile phones, businesses started moving in the mobile direction with easy to use, mobile friendly interfaces. Services like taxi hailing, hotel reservation, food order etc took full advantage of this development.

New possibilities are opening up for businesses using new technologies in mobile interfaces ad 2017 is already looking more promising.