With more than seven million guys in 192 countries, the app claims that “there are always more than 300,000 guys online at any moment!
”Tinder Countries: South Africa, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Morocco A very straightforward app, Tinder allows users to connect with people in a certain vicinity of the user.
Be Naughty (BN) Dating Countries: Nigeria BN is one of Nigeria’s highest grossing apps.
This application allows users to meet, flirt and date other singles. Countries: Egypt This app’s claims to help new users find love by chat, meeting and dating new friends.
Users can swipe right to like or left to pass and if someone likes them back, it’s a match.
They can then have the option of chatting with a match or snap a photo to share a moment with all of their matches at once.
A gap in the lack of healthcare provision brought about M-health, an app that provides information about health in general and can even connect patients to qualified doctors. As needs change and the handsets adopted become more sophisticated (currently 80% of handsets in Africa are basic) we can expect these dating apps to become more and more popular.
In a search through the top 100 downloaded apps in Africa, using information gathered from App Annie, a site that aggregates IOS top apps along with other IT market data, and “World Hot Apps”, which aggregates the app rankings of all app stores, we have come up with a “Top Ten List” of Africa’s most popular dating apps.
Hidden amongst car racing apps, sex position apps, Bible and Qur’an apps, apps that hide folders and pimp your screen apps were the dating apps.
The uptake of apps across the continent has been surprisingly high, in Kenya 99% of internet access is from a mobile device, 61% of views on BBC’s mobile site are from Nigeria and in South Africa 84% of mobile users have downloaded a mobile app.
According to Mobi Thinking Africa, the top mobile activities for mobile-only users are related to apps: downloading games (55%), downloading music (54%) and social networking (52%).