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Is Vaya Lift Already The Most Popular Ride-Hailing App In Zimbabwe?

Cassava Smarttech recently launched Vaya Lift, and due to their rather close relationship with Econet, that application quickly became the talk of the town. This popularity was furthered by the fact that Hwindi, a rival came out with some subtle claims of being copied by the Vaya and soon this too became a trending topic…All this had us thinking, “which ride-hailing is the most popular in Zimbabwe” and thus we have made a list of the ride-hailing apps in Zimbabwe.

We’ve looked at how many times these applications have been downloaded along with the review score that the application has. Unfortunately, we only looked at the stats for these apps on Android and the Apple Store doesn’t show those numbers when accessing it from desktop.

How are downloads counted by Google’s playstore?

Before we go into the numbers it’s necessary to look at how Google counts downloads in order to avoid any confusion;

  • Google tabulates unique downloads of apps per user account. This means that they count only one download of an app no matter how many devices that you install that app on after you purchase it.

This means if you have 4 devices and they are all logged into one Play Store account then even if you install the app on all 4 devices it is still considered as one download, which means the numbers appearing in the Play Store are not inflated.

Who’s the king of ride-hailing?

We took into consideration two things; number of downloads along with the user reviews. Here’s a list of the ride-hailing apps and how they’ve been performing thus far:

Application Downloads Review rating (number of reviews)
G-Taxi 10 000+ 4.2★ (67)
Hwindi 5 000+ 4.1★ (86)
Vaya Lift 5 000+ 4.5★ (52)
Emergency Taxi 1000+ 4.7★(32)
ImotaCars 500+ 3.6★(9)
SmartGo 100+ 4★(4)

Unless if Vaya and Hwindi have 5000+ downloads on iOS and at the same time G-Taxi is in the 100’s then it’s probably safe to assume that G-Taxi is the most popular ride-hailing service in the country right now. This is a bit strange once you consider the fact that G-Taxi is the most expensive among Hwindi, Vaya and itself.

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