Skip to main content

Facebook targeting Nigerian learners with educational app Sabee

Facebook targeting Nigerian learners with educational app Sabee.

From Facebook office in Lagos, Nigeria the first products to come out of this office: a mobile application aimed at education called Sabee, which means “to know” in Nigerian Pidgin. The app aims to connect learners and teachers in online communities to make educational opportunities more accessible.

The app was briefly published on Google Play by the NPE Team, Facebook’s internal research and development group, which typically focuses on new social experiences in areas such as dating, audio, music, video, messaging and more.

While NPE Team apps sometimes inform about wider efforts on Facebook, the group has not yet created an app to become a standalone Facebook product. Many of its earlier applications are also excluded, including (somewhat unfortunately) the online creator of zine, e.g. The Hobbi video app, the CatchUp app to call, Bump to find friends, the community app for podcasts and more.

However, Sabee represents a new direction for the NPE team, as it is not about building another social experiment.

Instead, Sabee is committed to Facebook’s larger strategy to focus more on serving the African continent, starting with Nigeria. This is a strategic move, informed by data showing that the majority of the world’s population will be in urban centers by 2030, and much of it will be on the African continent and in the Middle East. By 2100, Africa’s population is expected to triple, making Nigeria the world’s second most populous country after China.

We understand that the app currently is in early alpha testing with less than 100 testers who have an NDA agreement with Facebook. It’s not currently available to anyone outside that group, but the company hopes to scale Sabee to the next stage before the end of the year.

There is no way to sign up to a Sabee waiting list and the app is no longer published on Google Play. It was so short that it never was available in the charts attached app store business intelligence Sensor Tower us.

Popular posts from this blog

Safeguarding Internet Privacy: Supreme Court of Canada Upholds Protection of IP Addresses

In a recent ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed the significance of privacy rights concerning internet addresses. The court declared that police cannot simply obtain a suspect’s IP address without a court order, emphasizing the expectation of privacy that Canadian residents hold for such information. The court's decision stemmed from a case in 2017 involving Calgary police investigating fraudulent online activities at a liquor store. Initially, police demanded IP addresses from a credit card processor, which eventually led to obtaining subscriber information from Telus. This information was pivotal in making arrests and securing convictions in multiple offenses. Despite previous convictions, the accused contested the legality of obtaining IP addresses without proper authorization. The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, asserted that IP addresses carry a reasonable expectation of privacy, necessitating judicial approval before access. The ruling emphasizes that obtaining jud

Signal Introduces Usernames for Encrypted Messaging: A Secure Way to Connect

Signal, the encrypted messaging service, is launching a new feature in the coming weeks: support for usernames. This beta feature allows users to establish unique usernames, enabling connections without divulging phone numbers. source: Signal Blog To create a username, navigate to your settings and select "Profile." Once you've chosen a unique username, generate a QR code or link to share with others. Recipients can connect by entering your username into the chat bar. Usernames can be changed at any time, though previous usernames may be claimed by others. Signal began testing usernames last fall. Unlike social media platforms, Signal usernames do not serve as logins or public handles. They offer a discreet means of communication without revealing personal phone numbers. While a phone number is required to register for Signal, sharing it is optional. Usernames remain private and do not appear on profiles or in chats unless shared explicitly. As Randall Sarafa, Signal'

Apple approves single letter name for twitter IOS app

In a series of noteworthy updates, Twitter, the popular social media platform, has officially rebranded itself to a single-letter name "X" on the App Store, marking a significant change in its visual identity. This move came after weeks of alterations to its social media handles, interface branding, and even web redirects, generating quite a buzz among its users and followers. Interestingly, Apple usually maintains a policy against allowing developers to name their apps with just a single character. However, it seems that Twitter's parent company, X Corp., led by the renowned entrepreneur Elon Musk, managed to secure an exception from Apple, granting them the unique opportunity to use "X" as the app's name. This exception was particularly significant, as the App Store Connect portal typically displays an error when developers attempt to use a single character as the app's name. In conjunction with the name change, Twitter also revamped its App Store tagl