Research company Telecom Trends International says over 60% of smartphones will be running Linux-based operating systems by 2016 – less than a week after Gartner analyst (and vice president) Ken Dulaney said Linux would end up with just 5.4% of the smartphone market at the end of 2012.
The apparent conflict comes in the definition of ‘Linux’ because TTI is looking at Linux-based operating systems, which includes Symbian, Android and webOS, while Gartner is only looking at a Linux-branded OS.
In March 2007, Vodafone and its Kenyan network partner Safaricom launched a mobile money transfer product called M-PESA. Since then, M-PESA has transferred around £2 billion between customers in Kenya.
Following a three-month trial, M-PESA has now been extended by Safaricom to the UK. This means Kenyans can receive money from friends and family in the UK directly to their M-PESA accounts. It also makes Safaricom the first company to offer a mobile-based international money transfer service.