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Will Nokia's Android Smartphones Succeed In Africa and Nigeria? : See What Top Tech Bloggers Have To Say

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Nokia was once a very strong force to reckon with in the mobile phone industry. Out of every 100 people in Nigeria, 98 has once used a Nokia phone.

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Nokia fell out of favor when they signed a partnership with Microsoft to produce Windows devices. This happened at a time when all their competitors were switching to the Android OS. Nokia struggled to keep up with the trend by releasing the Nokia X and Nokia XL but the two devices weren’t enough to keep them in the market.

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Presently, it’s no longer news that Nokia is coming back and this time they’ll be making only Android phones. They have already released 4 smartphones which are yet to come to Africa officially. The smartphones were first announced at the MWC in Barcelona, Spain.

I contacted a couple of tech bloggers, a few of the very best in the industry and asked them 2 questions about these new smartphones.

1. Do you think Nokia can take back its position as the top mobile company in Africa with companies like Gionee, Tecno and Infinix already holding most of the market Share?

2. What do you think are the best things Nokia can do to make their devices compete with others comfortably in the market?

A couple of them responded while I’m still waiting for some others to send in their response. Once they respond I’ll add their contribution to this post. So check back to see if I’ve added something new 😏. Here’s what I’ve been able to get so far.

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Wale Adekile 🇳🇬 (Geek NG)
Wale is one of the pioneers of tech blogging in Nigeria and his blog is one of the top 10 Nigerian Tech Blogs.

Do you think Nokia can take back its position as the top mobile company in Africa with companies like Gionee, Tecno and Infinix already holding most of the market share?

I doubt if that’s going to happen. They’re a bit too late to the party and the market is saturated already

What do you think are the best things Nokia can do to make their devices compete with others comfortably in the market?

It’s all about the price point. If they can try to capture the low-end market first, they may find their way back to the hearts of the people.

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Emmanuel Akor (Androidvillaz) 🇳🇬
Emmanuel runs a fast rising tech blog. His blog can be called the home of Android firmware as well.

Do you think Nokia can take back its position as the top mobile company in Africa with companies like Gionee, Tecno and Infinix already holding most of the market share?

Taking back​ their position will be really difficult. However, if they set the right things in place they will get their position back but if they continue with their present trend I don’t see them getting it back.

What do you think are the best things Nokia can do to make their devices compete with others comfortably in the market?

At this present stage, they are already a threat to some companies. To compete comfortably in the market they need to look at their pricing (The Price Tag they place on their device) Let’s take the new Nokia 3310 for example, Many people have longed to buy that device but the price scared many people away, including me.

The New Nokia 3310 costs N18,000🤣

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Yomi Adegboye (Mobilityarena) 🇳🇬

Yomi is a digital marketing consultant and also the founder of Mobilityarena , The home of unbiased mobile reviews and one of the top tech blogs in Nigeria

Do you think Nokia can take back its position as the top mobile company in Africa with companies like Gionee, Tecno and Infinix already holding most of the market share?

History tells us that once a position of this sort has been lost, it is extremely difficult to regain. In this case, Nokia is coming back from almost zero market share. Plus, there isn’t much of differentiation that these new Nokia smartphones are bringing to the table. It will be extremely difficult for them to regain that number one position in Africa.

What do you think are the best things Nokia can do to make their devices compete with others comfortably in the market?

This question is quite difficult to answer.

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Dickson Otieno (Tech-ish) 🇰🇪Dickson runs one of the top tech blogs in Kenya. Smartphone Reviews and Unboxing are one the most interesting categories of his website.

Do you think Nokia can take back its position as the top mobile company in Africa with companies like Gionee, Tecno and Infinix already holding most of the market share?

Going to the top might be impossible for Nokia. But being that they are a known brand and that most people associate them with quality, if they can deliver devices at the same price range as Infinix, TECNO, and Gionee, then they might bring good competition.

What do you think are the best things Nokia can do to make their devices compete with others comfortably in the market?

Bringing the devices closer to the consumers, and offering them in price ranges affordable to most consumers in Africa would make them comfortably compete in the market.

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Daniel Moses (Techlector) 🇳🇬

Daniel is an editor for one of the top tech blogs in Nigeria and focuses mostly on startups

Do you think Nokia can take back its position as the top mobile company in Africa with companies like Gionee, Tecno and Infinix already holding most of the market share?

First, I must commend Nokia (HMD Global actually) for being able to reach this feat. I call it a feat because they have actually grabbed some little market share in such a short while.

And YES, I think they can take back their position as the top mobile company in Africa. All they need is to serve to people the exact products they need. They’d have an upper hand over Tecno, Infinix and the likes because they once had the consumer’s trust and they’d be willing to give it once again.

What do you think are the best things Nokia can do to make their devices compete with others comfortably in the market?

I think Nokia should serve every market. Launching phones that meet the needs of both the common man, average and the rich. It is important that their products cut across all, and I believe they’d fight their way up to be one of the best AGAIN.

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Osarumen Osamuyi (TechCabal) 🇳🇬
Osamuyi is a technology writer for one of the top tech blogs in Africa.

Do you think Nokia can take back its position as the top mobile company in Africa with companies like Gionee, Tecno and Infinix already holding most of the market share?

Not a Chance

What do you think are the best things Nokia can do to make their devices compete with others comfortably in the market?

They are not going to grow significantly in market share by targeting people who already have smartphones.The only demographic where there’s growth potential is with people who still use feature phones

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Kelvin. O. (SpecsPriceNigeria) 🇳🇬
Kelvin blogs about technology and his reviews are top notch. His website is one of the very few tech websites that actually write in depth reviews that’ll keep you hooked without a lot of the technical jargon

Do you think Nokia can take back its position as the top mobile company in Africa with companies like Gionee, Tecno and Infinix already holding most of the market share?

Yes , it’s possible. But I don’t see that happening anytime soon.Nokia built their reputation back in the days of Java & Symbian. This is a new era and a lot of things have changed.

When you look at what TECNO & Infinix  have achieved in the last 5-6 years and how much they have grown , it’s hard to see them lose their grip on the market anytime soon.

What do you think are the best things Nokia can do to make their devices compete with others comfortably in the market?

Yes , Nokia may compete but it will take a lot of cash & a tactical masterpiece to get the top position. They should :

1.Take advantage of what people know them for (Durability & battery)

2.Capitalize on their competitor’s weakness (timely updates , the “Chinko factor”)

3.Identify and take advantage of buyers “deciding factor” ( hint : Smartphone cameras are becoming important)

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Victor Ekwualor (Techpoint.ng) 🇳🇬
Victor is an amazing and experienced tech editor at Techpoint

Do you think Nokia can take back its position as the top mobile company in Africa with companies like Gionee, Tecno and Infinix already holding most of the market share?

I am not sure Nokia was ever the top mobile company in Africa as I do not have or know any data to back that up.But what I think you are asking is if Nokia will gain market grounds in Africa. I don’t know and cannot say for sure.
Africa (and Nigeria)  is a very unique market.
They might gain some market share, I doubt if they will ever gain a major market share in the nearest future.

What do you think are the best things Nokia can do to make their devices compete with others comfortably in the market?

Price is the only card they can play.

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Ige Ebima( Gadgetsng) 🇳🇬

Ige is the Chief editor at Gadgetsng, a top Nigerian Tech Blog.

Do you think Nokia can take back its position as the top mobile company in Africa with companies like Gionee, Tecno and Infinix already holding most of the market share?

I sincerely do not think Nokia can have it back .They refused to move with the trend when Android was evolving , so that was where they missed out .Nokia taking over is as difficult as it sounds , its just practically impossible to achieve , especially with the presence of smaller brands in the Market .Secondly i believe the main reason for the impact they made then was due to the fact that the Market/industry was still evolving .

What do you think are the best things Nokia can do to make their devices compete with others comfortably in the market?

There is actually not much they can do.We are now in the Smartphone era .What is it that we have not seen in a smartphone that they can hold on to? . Unless they are ready to sell their phones at an extremely cheap price , that way they can woo customers back, but is that feasible? I doubt. You can confirm that by checking the recommended retail price of the Nokia 3310(2017) , can you imagine a feature phone going for $55? that is the price of some phones from China even with dual camera and Fingerprint scanner.

Feel free to check this post another time during the week to see if I’ve added opinions from other tech bloggers

I’d love to know what you think about Nokia. Will They Succeed? . Use the poll below or simply drop a comment.

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If you want to know what I really think about the new Nokia Smartphones, listen to my podcast below

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Gionee S8s – Full Specifications And Cheapest Price In Nigeria And Kenya

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Gionee Mobile seems to have come out from their smartphone drought and just released a new smartphone dubbed the Gionee S8S. In this post, we’ll be taking a close look at the full specifications and price of this device. If you remember some time ago, Gionee was allegedly bankrupt after their manager allegedly spent 1b yuan gambling at a casino and now it seems they’ll be coming back soon.

Gionee S8s Price In Nigeria

 

The Gionee S8s is a brand new smartphone in Gionee’s line up and according to Gionee is called the  “Notch Fullview Display”. The S8s comes with an impressive  5.86-inch display accompanied by 3GB of RAM alongside 32GB of internal storage (expandable via micro sd).

You also get a dual rear camera setup with a 3000mAh battery keeping the lights on. The best part of the battery is that it comes with fast charging support which according to Gionee will make the phone charge from 0-100 percent in less than an hour. The pricing isn’t too bad either. Nevertheless, enough of the chitchat. Let’s see what this phone comes with

Gionee S8s Design and Display

The design on the Gionee S8s isn’t really bad but there’s nothing too flashy about the device. You get a 5.86-inch display screen with the annoying wide notch cut out at the top where the front-facing camera is placed. I wonder why the notch everyone is abandoning is still being added to a Gionee phone in 2019 though

The display resolution gives you a 1520 x 720 pixels screen resolution with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It still has the chin at the bottom though

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At the back of the device, you get to see the camera at the top left corner supported by an impressive LED flash underneath for better night shots. Like all new smartphones, it still has the fingerprint sensor for security and it’s placed at its usual position at the center. The overall device build is plastic and i’m not surprised considering the price range. It’s not too heavy as the phone just weighs 167.5 grams and measures 8.75mm in thickness .

When buying the device you get to choose between two color options; Matte Black and Gold. It uses two Nano SIM Card slots and another one for the micro SD card slot for expanding the memory

Gionee S8s Operating System

I’m pretty impressed that the phone ships with the Android 9.0 Pie OS as the Operating system. It also has Gionee’s UI customizing the whole user interface so you don’t expect to get a stock Android experience on this phone.

Performance and Hardware

In the performance department powering the phone is handled by a  MediaTek Helio P22 chipset which has an Octa-core Processor clocked at 2.0GHz. You also get an IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU clocked at 650MHz.

In the memory department, you get 3GB of RAM which would ensure good user experience and better multitasking alongside 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded further using a micro sd card to up to 128GB through the in-built Micro SD card slot. T

Gionee S8s Camera

The main camera of the Gionee S8s is a dual camera setup. You get a 13MP main rear camera supported by the usual secondary 5MP camera which acts as a depth sensor and makes it possible to take photos in portrait mode. It also has a dual LED flash to improve pictures taken in low light conditions

Selfie lovers would get a  front facing camera with a single 8MP camera that’s enough for all their selfie needs.

Gionee S8s Connectivity and Battery

There is obviously the usual Bluetooth and WIFI adapter among many other sensors. There’s also support for 4G LTE connectivity, GPS and a USB Type-C port with support for USB On The Go (OTG).

Keeping the lights on is a 3,000mAh battery which I believe should be able to get you through the day if you aren’t a heavy smartphone user . However, Gionee says it would get you the day “with ease”. The battery also has full support for equipped with fast charging and Gionee says it should charge from 0-100 within an hour

Gionee S8s Price And Specifications

 

Design

  • Dimension: 149.1 x 71.65 x 8.75mm
  • Material: Plastic
  • Weight: 167.5 grams
  • SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Display

  • Type: IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen
  • Size: 5.86-inch
  • Screen Resolution: 19:9, 1520 x 720 pixels
  • Multi-touch: Yes

Software and performance

  • Operating System: Android 9.0 Pie
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio P22 (MT6762) , Octa-core 2.0GHz
  • RAM: 3GB RAM
  • Internal Storage: 32GB
  • Card Slot: Yes, up to 128GB (dedicated slot)

Camera

  • Primary: 13MP + 5MP – dual-LED flash
  • Secondary: 8MP – HDR

Network and Connectivity

  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, hotspot
  • Network 2G: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • USB: Yes, Type-C
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • Audio Jack: Yes
  • Fingerprint Sensor: Yes (rear-mounted)
  • NFC: N/A
  • GPS: Yes
  • Sensors: Gravity, Proximity and Light Sensor

Battery

  • Capacity: 3,000mAh non-removable
  • Type: Li-Poly
  • Fast Charging: Yes
  • OTG Support: Yes

Price and Availability

The Gionee S8s price in Nigeria is N46,500

The Gionee S8s price in Kenya is KES 13,000

The Gionee S8s price in Globally is $130

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The Gionee S8s price on Jumia Is N45,500 – Buy This Device

 

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9Mobile Free Data: How To Get Free 2GB Data On 9mobile

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9mobile free data is here again. 9mobile is giving subscribers free data but there’s a clause attached to It . You need to be a Samsung User. Yes . That’s the clause.

 

According to Samsung NG, if you are using Galaxy J4+, J6+, A7 2018 and A9 2018, you are entitled to get free data on 9mobile.

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For people using the Samsung Galaxy J6+ and J4+, you’ll get 1.5GB Free instantly, 100% data bonus for 6months and 50% bonus next 6 months. While Samsung Galaxy A7 and A9 users get 2GB Free data instantly, 100% data bonus.

 

How To Get 9mobile Free Data On Samsung

All you need to do is to Download Samsung Member App here.

==>Get insider tips to unlock your device’s full potential

==>Easily review device diagnostics

==>Access exclusive events and benefits

==>Pose questions directly to the experts and get 1-on-1 customer support

==>Connect and share with others in the community

Note: Bonus Offer ends March 31st 2019.

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Sad : Facebook To Shut Down It’s App By February 25 , Users May Lose Photos

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Facebook Moments, the app that Facebook launched in 2015 to help you manage pictures of photos of you and your friends will be closed down on February 25.

 

The Facebook Moments app used Facebook’s facial recognition software to identify your friends through a bunch of photos so that you can group them all together.

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I think why the app was not quite successful is because the app didn’t actually link those photos up to Facebook. The photos could only be viewed within the app. Uploading to Facebook directly was better.

Why Facebook Moments Is Shutting Down

According to Facebook – ‘not many people were using it’. However, we are seeing the application of the technology in Facebook’s native app when you receive notifications about old photos that you have uploaded with your friends in the form of ‘memories’. Facebook itself has not added any new features to it over the years.

For those who have been using the app and uploading photos in the app, there is no need to worry. Facebook has created a tool, that lets you create a private album of the photos on your Facebook account and the photos will only be visible to you. The second option is to download the photos to your device. The deadline period is until May, after which the photos will be deleted by Facebook

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Xiaomi Launches In Africa To Compete Against Tecno, iTel and Infinix

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A couple of months ago Xiaomi Global Spokesman Donovan Sung made a post about their new store that launched in Spain and also asked for suggestions on where they should launch their next store and here’s what I said.

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This means the expansion of Xiaomi had been on the cards for a while.

If you have been following up Xiaomi for a while, you would know that they tend to compete on the foreign market rather than their home country China due to the congestion.

Now, the company is looking to take things to the next level and come to Africa. On Sunday, Xiaomi announced the establishment of their African Regional Department and Wang Lingming (Xiaomi’s VP) was appointed as the manager of the department.

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At the moment, in Africa we have over 1.2 billion people but the smartphone usage isn’t really too high and many people still use feature phones and because of this some phone brands don’t really do well in Africa. At the moment Transsision Holdings rules the African smartphone market with its three brands – itel, TECNO, and Infinix ranking at the very top in Africa in terms of market share.

In 2019, the Africa will become one of Xiaomi’s main pioneers in their international business, and their biggest rival here is Transsision Holdings.

What I Think About Xiaomi Coming To Africa

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Xiaomi has everything it takes to succeed in Africa especially if it starts off with its recently established Redmi Brand. Redmi already have one of the core features that is missing in all the Transission brands – high quality specs at a low price. You can see how successful the Redmi Note 7 has been so far and we can guess how much the price would have been if it was a Transission product.

Transsision basically takes advantage of the mid-range and low-end smartphone market which is a strong competitive ground for Xiaomi. I believe this would also boost competition among the two brands.

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Android Q – See The New Features Google Plans On Releasing

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Android Q is already on its way although the current distribution rate of it’s predecessor Android Pie is still pretty low, depending on how OEM’s adapt some of us might use Android Q completely skipping Android P.

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Android Q Dark Mode
Although, it’s still pretty early to confirm everything Google would be releasing on Android Q but some members of the dev team at XDA Developers already got an exclusive leak and one of the most exciting features in it is the fact that it has dark mode

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Also, users  would get more privacy and also a desktop mode. Here a couple of screenshots

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In May 2018, Google unveiled Android Pie and actually started working on Dark Mode then and considering most of the Google standalone apps are getting dark mode, it won’t be surprising to see Google integrate it into the full OS.

There’s also a possibility this feature would enable users force dark mode on some certain applications.

Improved Privacy
If you check one of the screenshots I posted previously , you can see the new permission settings. This would give users a little more flexible control over how apps use their data.

Desktop Mode And Native Screen Recording

The new desktop mode is quite similar to the  Samsung’s Dex and Huawei’s EMUI Desktop. Also in this new version, we will also have native screen recording , something that was already available on ROMs from various manufacturers.

Like I said before, It’s still pretty early to know all the other features but be sure that Google would be following this path. We’ll get more insight once the developer preview is out

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Leaked – Nokia 6.2 (2019) Will Have A 16MP Camera and 6GB RAM

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While we all are still expecting HMD Global to release the Nokia 9 with 5 cameras, another leak of Nokia 6.2 2019 has just surfaced.

 

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The Nokia 6.2 will reportedly come with an in-display camera at the front and is powered by the Snapdragon 632 chipset coupled with 4GB RAM and another variant with 6GB RAM.

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Nokia 6.2 (2019)

However, it will go official in China first and would gradually expand worldwide under the Android One program. According to the leak, the device will launch ending of January. Take this information with a pinch of salt.

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How Google Plans On Replacing Android With Fuschia OS Soon

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You probably don’t need telling that Android is a very powerful and versatile operating system but Google is working on something that might end up as the direct replacement  – Fuschia.

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In this post, I’ll be explaining why Fuschia may actually replace Android
Kernels
Kernels are the core of any operating system, they provide the basic mechanisms around which the os can be built. A lot of the problems Android faces today is as a result of the fact it was built around the linux kernel whicj was not originally intended for it. 
As a matter of fact,  Android OS was originally meant for digital cameras so on it’s core it isn’t exactly specialized for what a smartphone should do
So what about Fuschia?
Fuschia is based on a completely different Kernel with 2 key benefits.
1. It is designed with the smart connected feature in mind
2. It’s more specific in its code and can be built on a wide range of devices
This kernel is called Zircon .
 So what’s the benefit ?
The reason that Fuschia is powerful is that this kernel runs on completely everything from phones abd TVs to Fridges and traffic lights.
One OS for everything. As more devices enter people’s homes, this would mean seamless integration among devices.
Your music could switch to your speaker when you enter a room and continue in your car when you get in.
Also Fuschia would be built around the idea of voice commands. Less tapping , More talking.
Fuschia would also solve one of the major problems of Android which is Fragmentation.

Fragmentation
Fragmentation is the reason most Android phones don’t perform as well as their hardware is capable of.
This exists because Android is a bit of a mess. It has software, kernel and drivers all working together in a slightly different configuration on each device.
That’s why Google just can’t push an update to any device out there. These 3 aspects have to be decoupled manually.
Google has little control of how users experience Android on 95% of phones.
This is a problem because these OEMs don’t have an incentive to keep your device updated. They prefer you get a new device if you want to upgrade so they can make more money.
Fuschia is cleaner built with updates in mind. Fuschia would help Google regain control of the end user software experience.
Fuschia is also written on the Flutter software development kit which is important because this runs on Android too. This would make sure Android apps run on it. You don’t expect Google to start from scratch with the already vast library of apps and games available.

So the big question –
When will Fuschia Replace Android
Considering that brands always make the 10th version of their products seem like the peak of their current product line. Android 10 might be replaced by Fuschia OS.
If it’s not, then we should be looking at the next couple of years.

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