October, 2015


Why you should test your mobile app at the mlab testing facility

Mobile Testing

October 30, 2015

According to Gartner, more than 2.4 billion tablets and mobile phones were shipped by the end of 2014. The Apple App store and Google Play store each offer more than one million apps for users to download to their devices. All these applications are competing for users’ attention. Meeting a high quality bar is essential for the success of an app.
Testing of mobile application has become very important and a point of concern for the app developers. Poor-quality applications not only hamper user adoption but also can cause revenue loss and irreparable brand damage.
Forbes contributor Tom Taulli noted that in today’s landscape, it’s not just about having a “cool” application; users are more likely to abandon a program if it has functionality problems, no matter how promising it seems. Even the simplest apps can be lucrative for an organization if they work correctly.
Without proper testing, users are likely to come across many unexpected bugs and errors which developers simply didn’t think of. The danger here is that they’ll quickly lose patience with your app, and the vast majority will simply stop using it without ever letting you know why.
If the mobile testing is done in a proper manner, the number of bugs can be significantly reduced and it saves your app the reputation on the market, and makes it possible to succeed and reach your business goal
m:Lab East Africa has a one of its kind testing facility in East Africa. The testing facility is open to everyone who wants to test their mobile application both individuals and corporates. The platform range and number of  devices in the facility is remarkably unique. With over one hundred and fourty mobile devices, the facility which is on Bishop Magua Center caters for the mobile testing needs of the developer ecosystem.
Several questions have been asked about the testing facility.These are some of the frequently asked questions about the m:lab’s testing facility:
Why is testing important?
Testing your app before rolling it into the market is very important because mobile devices have a wide range of screen resolutions, specs and platforms, this affects how a program runs on each device. Testing enables developers to analyse usability and functionality of the application across these various platforms.
Why test at m:lab East Africa?
As at October 2015, m:lab East Africa testing facility has a total device count of more than 140 devices, (and growing) specifically dedicated for mobile applications testing.
How do I access testing at the testing facility?
To access testing services at the facility, send an email to [email protected], requesting for a specified time slot. Once the request is approved, the developer will have access to the testing services.
What platforms are available in the testing facility?
The facility is a host to Android, J2ME, BlackBerry, Windows, Bada and iOS mobile platforms.
What devices are contained in the testing facility?
Download a complete list of all the devices present in the facility List-of-Devices-in-the-Testing-Facility
How much will I pay to test at the m:Lab East Africa’s testing facility?
For the last one and a half years the facility has been accessed for free during our partnership with Qualcomm.We have learned a lot and we have considered many factors on how to improve our testing services and achieve sustainability. It is based on those considerations that we are revising the rates for the testing room. The revised rates for the testing facility can be found HERE.
Can I borrow devices out of the testing facility? If yes, how do I do it?
Borrowing of devices out of the testing facility for field testing or overnight testing is only limited to the incubatees of m:lab East Africa. This is largely due to the demand for the devices against their limited number.

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Invitation to TechTrend: 'Local Hosting Environment' by Angani Limited

Tech Trend, Workshops

October 19, 2015

Theme: Local Hosting Environment – Is there a case for developers to embrace local Hosting; Synergies and Growth Opportunities for Local Developers.

Angani is Kenya’s first company dedicated exclusively to the provision of Public Cloud Services offering services to the entire Eastern, Central and Southern African Market. With its significant investment in infrastructure, Angani has virtualized this infrastructure and leases it out to you at a reduced rate, we take away the expense and headache of having to maintain your own IT infrastructure in-house. No more worrying about hardware procurement, power, cooling, upgrading, scheduled maintenance

Come and lets discuss:


  • Market Overview
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  • Opportunity in Local Hosting
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  • How being part of the Angani ecosystem can help you increase your revenue.
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  • Angani’s role in helping you rapidly increase your turn around time to market
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  • How to scope and price the opportunities.
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  • Growth Opportunities for Developers
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  • Platform as a Service for Developers
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  • Pricing and volume discounts.

All developers are invited. Register here.
Attending participants stand a chance to win FREE VM Ware.
Date:  29th October 2015
Time: 5.15 – 7.00pm
Venue: m: lab East Africa

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An e-voucher platform that enables you to send benefits rather than money


October 16, 2015

There have been cases of donor and humanitarian funds sent to the country to provide aid to a group of people/beneficiaries not reaching the intended people. The funds end up being squandered and misused by other people especially officials who handle the funds. Paykind is solving this problem by providing an online platform that allows individuals and organizations to pay for the goods and services using e-vouchers, via mobile phone and smart card technology.
With Paykind you can literally send food, healthcare or educational aid instantly via an e-voucher directly  to the beneficiary. The recipient beneficiary gets the voucher by SMS  and is able to redeem the voucher  for only that particular good or service. Charity  and aid organizations in Africa are able to mass distribute SMS e-vouchers via Paykind. Vendors need only a smartphone with a Paykind app on it to accept the vouchers. The platform allows every single voucher distributed to be track-able and provide the valuable statistics and analytics in real-time to the donor.
Paykind is not only a cheaper, faster and more efficient way of distributing aid, but it also guarantees delivery of aid vouchers to the correct beneficiaries. With Paykind it is easier to reach individuals in remote areas and can also specifically send vouchers to targeted users using their registered phone number as an ID mechanism. All the vouchers are stamped with a unique ID and are registered upon redemption. This helps to gather strong metrics on the redemption rate of vouchers by region, gender, type etc.
So how does it work? Once you visit the site, you can sign in as an organization or a vendor. If you are a humanitarian group, you can then create a voucher to send to a selected beneficiary while specifying a point of redemption. Once you choose the number of beneficiaries to send the voucher to, the amount is credited from your account. Recipient receive the voucher as an SMS alert or on their NFC smart card. They go to the selected registered vendors and redeem the voucher to  get the aid specified by the voucher. The vendor logs onto the platform and keys in the voucher code. Once validated, the vendor then gives the beneficiary the aid specified. Later on, the vendor can choose to claim the voucher, and a request is sent to Chase bank to pay the vendor the amount of the claim. The startup has partnered with Chase Bank, one of the leading banks in the provision of financial solutions to the SME market segment as their banking partner.
Paykind is targeting both individuals and organisations keen on tracking payments for particular goods and services for their beneficiaries. Paykind aims to focus on healthcare, education, nutrition and agriculture. The startup has worked with more than 3 organisations already and numerous inquiries and initial conversations with many more.
For more information on Paykind, visit their website . You can follow them on twitter @paykind and also visit and like  their facebook pages

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