Nige­rian teens cre­ate web browser for slower phones

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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

Play Store

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

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