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Android Smartphones in high demand in PNG

Android smartphones have become an effective way to conduct business transactions. Figures show a total of  2.7 million people in PNG are now benefiting from this medium. 

Telikom PNG software developer Shadrach Jaungere highlighted this during his presentation at the PNG Computer Society conference yesterday. Mr Juangere said android apart from all other smartphone brands has seen a steady increase with 80 per cent of the population using it since its introduction. He said according to a site dubbed ‘we are social’ this gradual increase started in 2007. 

It states a total of 2.7million people have access to mobile phones and of these 300,000 of these are smart phone devices. “With the introduction of 3G as of year 2012 has contributed to a steady growth to the usage. “However I am assuming that one will think that fixed lines subscribers are decreasing but it still has a good number of subscribers and are slowing down so just in 201 4 its slightly over a 140, 000 subscribers so you can now see that more users are aligning towards smartphones,” he said. 

He said this is because mobile phone users have come to understand that androids gives them the ability to be innovative unlike other platforms such as Microsoft technologies which doesn’t allow flexibility whereas androids does. “In fact a lot of the things that you get from android is open source so you get the whole range of community supporting the platform. “In terms of new innovators like especially youths who have really bright innovative ideas they can find their space like in solving problems in the community and society so it’s easy for them  to find their space and then creating value in the community. 

So with smartphones, with androids you can actually outthink the competitors,” he said. He pointed out that there are also challenges faced in using or owning an android due to pricing, electricity access and technology literate. He said this has hindered some of the people in the rural areas to have access to such technologies therefore those in the rural areas stick to the 2G service which allows them to use the voice and message service for business. Post Courier
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