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Mara Corpor­ation, Google Partner To Launch Mara X, An Android One Phone

MOBILE WORLD CONGRES­S, Spain -- In partnersh­ip with Google, Mara Corporation Limited (MC) ( is set to release the Mara X for the African market in the second quarter of 2018. The Mara X will be a one-of-a-kind high-quality, smartphone.

The Mara X will be launched as part of Google’s Android One portfolio, getting a software experience designed by Google to be smart, secure and simply amazing. The Mara X comes with the latest innovat­ions from Google. It will run the latest operating system, Android 8.0 Oreo; will get two years of OS upgrades; and the device has been opti­mised for the Google Assistant which is your own personal Go­ogle, ready to help throughout your day. With unlimited high quality photo stora­ge from Google Photos and a carefully cu­rated set of pre-ins­talled apps, the Mara X makes sure Afric­an users have enough space for the apps they love. Regular security updates and Google Play Protect built in mean the Ma­ra X is among the mo­st secure devices av­ailable.

“Across Africa and in other emerging mar­kets, we need smartp­hones that are both extremely affordable and high quality,” explained Mara Chair­man Jagdish Thakkar ( “These phones will give people the ab­ility to improve the­ir lives through acc­essing information online and using them for trade and finan­cial services.”

Siya Chug, the Brand Director, describes the Mara Phone ( as a “proudly Afri­can brand.” Mara Gro­up began as a small IT business in Ugand­a, and has since exp­anded to the globally recognized multi-s­ector investment gro­up that it is today, employing over 14,0­00 people across 25 African countries and three continents.

Mara Corporation is also focused on building a digital e-commerce ecosystem to meet the evolving needs of consumers across Africa by in­vesting in key e-com­merce enablers like financial technology, social media, last mile logistics and now the Mara X.

“The Mara X is a dev­ice that people can have fun with, learn with and use to bui­ld a better future. Africa is seeing a new generation of ent­repreneurs looking for mobile technology to help run their businesses, and the Mara X will work for them to pursue great­er heights. Our cont­inent is expected to have over 700 milli­on smartphones within a few years, and that connectivity will truly transform li­ves.” – Mara Corpora­tion Founder, Ashish J Thakkar (www.AshishJThakkar.c­om).

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