African business and communications leaders recognise biNu for mobile capabilities in emerging markets
CapeTown, South Africa: Australia’s biNu, the mobile app platform that brings iPhone-like experiences to low-end smartphones and feature phones, has won the prestigious AfricaCom Award for Best Feature Phone application.
biNu, which has over 4 million active users, many of whom are in Africa, offers a mobile social experience to low end smartphones and feature phones. Combining messaging and texting with a range of social features, including following, friending and news feeds, biNu members can access and share content such as books, news, weather and health information, as well as services such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
The AfricaCom Awards celebrate and reward excellence in the African Telecommunications Market, bringing together 8,000 senior decision-makers from the telecoms, media and ICT industries.
biNu co-founder and CEO, Gour Lentell: “We have the benefit of building a social platform specifically for mobile, and engineered for the lower end phones and lower capacity networks that are used by the billions of people in the developing world. It is great to get the recognition that biNu is providing this community with unique and valuable services that genuinely enhance their lives.”
biNu’s cloud based technology platform powers the data-lite app, providing fast and affordable access to apps and popular internet services that can be used immediately. Users can instantly switch between services, change to local languages and translate almost anything on the fly, including messages, books and news articles, without having to download and install separate apps.
biNu is a privately held company that develops the biNu mobile app platform that dramatically improves Internet access speed, usability and social connectivity of mobile phones. With biNu, even basic mobile phones exhibit high-end smartphone-like capabilities. biNu works on the thousands of Java-enabled and Android-devices and supports millions of users globally with rapid adoption rates in emerging economies where mobile phones are the primary Internet access device. Today, over 100 channels are available via biNu including social media, search, reference, books, SMS, news, weather and entertainment.