Nigerian teens create web browser for slower phones
Mobile web browsers such as Google Chrome are often geared towards smarter and faster phones, leaving many cellphone users in the developing world with an unreliable and unresponsive mobile web service.
Two Nigerian brothers have created a web browser specifically designed to bring reliable mobile browsing to users who own cheaper cellphones.
Osine (13) and Anesi Ikhianosime (15) live in Lagos, and are both students at Greensprings School, Anthony Campus.
“We were fed up with Google Chrome,” said the brothers, explaining how the service was slow and unreliable on cheaper cellphones.
After co-developing the mobile web browser, named Crocodile Browser Lite, they launched the app with the Mobango app store under their own company, called BluDoors. The app was then moved to the Google Play Store as Crocodile Browser Lite by BluDoors, and has so far been downloaded more than 1 000 times and has an impressive 4.7 rating out of five.
The boys taught themselves how to program, and have been using computers from an early age. Their mother, Ngozi Ikhianosime, a maths teacher, said Osine “could already use a PC before he could read, at age three”.
Anesi said: “I learnt to code by myself. I started in 2013. I used sites like Code Academy, Code Avengers and books like Android for Game Development and Games for Dummies.”
Ngozi said she had high hopes for her boys, and was certain Anesi would have a bright future after graduating.
“He will go to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston for his first degree because the university has the facilities he needs to learn.”
Anesi said that he’d like to develop another app that solved real social problems, such as traffic and communication. Crocodile Browser Lite by BluDoors is available from the Google
YOUNG INVENTORS The experiences of Osine (13) and Anesi Ikhianosime (15) in
Lagos inspired their new web browser
BETTER BROWSING Crocodile Browser Lite makes using the internet on
cheaper cellphones easier