Solidot | Voice to become Africa’s largest smartphone supplier


Shenzhen audio became Africa’s largest sales of the smartphone company. It sold more than 50 million handsets in Africa in the first half of the year, mainly with a physical keyboard, plus 11 million smartphones. Globally, the voice is ranked fourth on handset sales, after Samsung, Apple and Huawei, but by sales, it is only the 13th-largest handset maker. The tone took an unusual path, ignoring the Chinese market, setting up sales networks in sub-Saharan Africa and trying to adapt low-cost handsets to local tastes. It is now targeting the South Asian market, moving its manufacturing operations out of China, building a factory in India, and establishing an “industrial park” in Ethiopia, where a number of handsets have been made.