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Android One Program Expands To Egypt, Ghana, The Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, And Nigeria With The Infinix HOT 2

Amid talks of a complete reboot and much cheaper hardware in Android One's original Indian market, Google's economical partnership with regional handset manufacturers continues to expand. Today the company announced Android One's first availability in Africa with the Infinix HOT 2. The phone will be sold in Nigeria for N17,500 (about $88) starting today, after which it will expand into more countries: Egypt, Ghana, The Ivory Coast, Kenya, and Morocco.

The Infinix HOT 2 (why do all Android One phones have terrible names?) is fairly similar to the other semi-standard phones: MediaTek processor, dual-SIM capability, 1GB of memory. It does vary from the blueprint a bit, because the gold model shown above will be offered with 2GB of RAM and presumably a small price increase.

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Google Street View Now Available At The Pyramids Of Giza, Camels Included At No Extra Charge

Dear Egyptian readers: yes, we know you're out there. We're sorry to report that Google Street View still isn't available for the vast majority of your country. And while you'd surely prefer Street View in Cairo or Alexandria for the sake of convenience, at least Google has made a small stop in Egypt... at the place where all the other Americans go first, the Giza Necropolis. Street View is now available in and around the pyramid complex.

Google has taken its trademark Street View rigs around the Great Pyramid, the Pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure, the Great Sphinx, and the various smaller pyramids, tombs, and monuments that still stand in the area.

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Google Play Paid Apps Are Finally Available In Egypt - Music, Movies, And Books Are Still Off Limits

Egyptian Android users, the day you've been waiting for has finally arrived... assuming that you've been waiting to hand over some pounds to hard-working app developers. Google has updated its list of paid app territories to include Egypt, so open the Play Store and gorge yourself on ad-free indulgences.

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Previously Egyptian Android users could download apps from the Play Store, but only free titles. A long-standing petition at has called for access to paid apps, though there's no indication that the 54 signatures present spurred Google into action. Like most territories outside of the U.S. and western Europe, Egypt still does not have access to the wider Google Play Music, Google Play Movies, and Google Play Books libraries.

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Jelly Bean Updates Arrive To Unbranded Galaxy S IIIs In Nordic, Middle Eastern, And GME Countries

Samsung is definitely on a roll with the Galaxy S III updates - not a day goes by without a massive rollout of Jelly Bean to devices all over Europe, and now the Middle East as well. The company began sending Android 4.1.1 OTAs to the following territories:


  • Austria (T-Mobile)
  • Germany (O2, T-Mobile)


  • Middle East: Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, UAE
  • Greater Middle East: Afghanistan, Mauritania, Pakistan
  • Nordic countries (NEE): Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Greenland, Iceland

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Thanks to Eivind for the screenshot

Here's the history of the Jelly Bean updates for the Galaxy S III so far:

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Google Maps With Navigation Arrives In Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan And More MENA Countries

While we still wait for newer products like Play Movies or Play Books to reach a wider audience, Google's been hard at work bringing a slightly more useful product to additional countries: Google Maps with Navigation. After bringing voice navigation to India, nine more new countries are being added to the supported list for the Navigation beta. Including the following:

  • Egypt
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Qatar
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Bahrain
  • Jordan
  • Algeria

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Unfortunately, the service will require Android 4.0 or higher. This is likely due to Arabic script API incompatibilities with older versions. Though, it's a little unclear on just when all the necessary features would've been added (for example, bi-directional text was only added in Jelly Bean).

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