A South African start up with 10.8 billion
dollars is set to become the first company to
manufacture Android smartphones under a
licensing deal with Google, reports
Onyx Connect company is looking at the low
costs and growing local demand to build
handsets, tablets and other devices based
on Google Inc’s android system.
The company will also partner with
Vodacom Group Ltd in South Africa which is
willing to access high quality devices made
in South Africa.
The South African company is setting up a
distribution center in 12 to 18 months in
Ethiopia which will create over 600 jobs.
The company says it can build a phone with
a camera and a gigabyte of memory for
about $30 compared to the high prices have
to pay for such phones since they are
Onyx Connect’s plan involves tapping into
China’s strengths by souring for circuit-
board designs and raw components from
the Asian country. Onyx Connect says that
design work of the phones and its cases,
research and development for future
models, will all take place on African soil.
‘Some South African companies, including
Sekoko Mobile, Zest Mobile and Mint Mobile,
are already assembling smartphones from
imported kits. By going a step further and
actually manufacturing the devices, Onyx is
saving on import duties.’ Says the report.