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Online shopping grew

Competition in online shopping grew with entrants in the nascent sector curving different niche to remain competitive.
Among the notable niche include dealers of used goods, brand new items, music.
An online data based was developed by Private security firm, KK security and online classifieds company, OLX, to tame spiraling cyber crime in the country.
The system aims to capture details of online buyers including national Identity cards (ID’s) and verified to secure e-commerce transactions.

Digital Migration

Kenya finally migrates from analogue to digital television broadcasting before the June 2015 deadline set by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
The move comes after, protracted court battles push for cheaper set top boxes and awareness creation that has lasted seven years since the move was mooted.
Cost of set top boxes have dropped significantly over the years from Sh 10,000 to Sh 1,799 for pay tv platforms and Sh 4,000 for Free-to air.

4G Network

Safaricom finally rolled out its high-speed 4G network to up game on the data segment-targeting to comprehensively reach out Nairobi and Mombasa By March 2015.
Chinese Mobile handset makers Huawei and Techno launched their 4G powered smartphones in the Kenyan market.

Essar’s Yu sold out to rivals

Indian mobile operator Essar agreed to sell Kenyan number three yuMobile to local rivals Airtel and Safaricom for Sh 10.5 billion ($120 million).

Microsoft dropped Nokia brand for Lumia

The landmark decision was made after tech giant bought Nokia’s mobile division back in April for $7.2bn along with a 10-year deal to use the Finnish company’s name on smartphones.

Smartphone users grew

Mobile phone subscriptions stood at 32.2 million, a figure that grew by almost 450,000 compared to the first quarter of the year buoyed by growth in middle class.
Industry reports claim penetration rate of smart phones in the country stands at 18 percent with over 15,000 devices sold each month.
Global smartphone shipments hit a new record of 295.3 million units in the second quarter of 2014, posting a 23.1 percent growth year over year and was expected to reach 300 million before year end.

Samsung/ Apple Battle for top spot intensified

Apple’s Iphone 6 plus launch laid it bare that the American multinational was planning to end a monopoly held by Samsung through its Galaxy series over the last three years.

Phablets cannibalized tablets

Latest IDC prediction: Phablet shipments (smartphones with screen sizes from 5.5 to less than 7 inches) will reach 175 million units worldwide in 2014, passing the 170 million portable PCs expected to ship during the same period

Adoption of credit cards soared

The country experienced signing of mega deals for credit cards between multinationals, local retailers and commercial banks in the plastic card market.
Kenya has less than 200,000 credit cards with industry reports putting the market’s potential at 400,000 units.
Mobile money transactions
Over the last12 months most retailers’ big and small alike also adopted mobile money services to push up total transaction value to Sh 1.1 trillion from Sh 871 million last year.

Thin sim technology
Equity Bank was given go ahead to launch Thin sim technology in Kenya to rival Safaricom’s M-pesa.

1) Matatu Cashless Payment System: Of-course this had to make the round-up. Kenyan authorities tried to ensure that we have a cashless payment system, the deadline of which was postponed several times. Maybe next year the Kenyan government & stakeholders will have better luck.

2) Facebook Paper: Facebook Paper was a flop. Though it was suppose to reinvent Facebook as a new-age reading app, it quickly tumbled down the leaderboard at the Apple App Store. But whatever the fate of Paper, the tools used to build the thing represent the future of software design and development.

3) Bitcoin: It’s fair to say Bitcoin had a bad 2014. In fact, its plunge in value makes it the worst performing currency over the past year. According to Bloomberg, the value of Bitcoin dropped a massive 56 percent during 2014, falling from around $770 at the start of the year to around $320 at the time of writing.This means Bitcoin has performed worse than the Ukrainian Hryvnia, the Russian Ruble, the Ghanaian Cedi, and the Argentine Peso. Which is all a far cry from 2013, when Bitcoin peaked at a value of $1,130. Ironically, this drop in value has coincided with Bitcoin being accepted by an increasing number of companies and services.

4) Tablet sales: despite a growth of 7.2 % in tablet sales in 2014, this was a failure as the tablet market grew by 52.5 percent from 2012 to 2013. Reasons for the disastrous plummet being phablets (big screen mobile phones) which can do almost anything tablets can do.

5) Sony Playstation TV: The game experience was poor, just like the PS Vita graphics were blurry and crappy on a big-screen TV. The PlayStation TV didn’t even support 1080p resolution, which doesn’t sound very future-proof. Even at a wallet-friendly $99, the Sony Playstation TV was an epic fail.

6) Google Glass: 2014 was supposed to be the year that Google Glass went mass market, but last time I checked I didn’t see anyone wearing one anywhere. Google has apparently delayed the launch of Glass to consumers and has shifted gears in the meantime to focus on businesses with its Glass at Work program. The move makes sense. You’re less likely to be called a Glasshole if you’re using it to call up schematics of a building than wearing the geeky specs to the mall.

It’s possible that Glass could see a resurgence in 2015, but given that key employees and several developers have abandoned ship, it will be hard to keep Sergey Brin’s dream alive.

7) iPhone 6 Plus Bendgate: Almost immediately after Apple began selling its massive iPhone 6 Plus in September, the Internet went crazy with images of bent phones. Internet personality Lewis Hilsenteger made “bendgate” a sensation by posting a YouTube video of himself bending the iPhone 6 Plus. Soon after, two British teenagers filmed themselves bending an iPhone 6 Plus in a London Apple Store. But Apple insisted that the phone doesn’t bend easily, saying that only 9 customers had complained about bending phones during the first week of sales.