The Nigerian brothers would also like to develop another app that solves real social problems
Two teenage Nigerian brothers, Anesi Ikhianosime (13) and Osine Ikhianosime (15) have built a mobile web browser app for the African audience; InformAfrica.com is reporting.
According to reports gathered from multiple sources, the two Nigerian brothers built the app to make mobile web browsing in Africa— faster. Other mobile browsers such as Google Chrome, Firefox and Windows, appears to load slower and are too heavy of a application for the developing world, where access and delivery of broadband internet and mobile internet, is not yet solid.
“The two teenage brothers got tired of waiting for Google Chrome to load on their mobile phones, so decided to do something about it instead of complain. They decided to build a better mobile browser last year and called it ‘Crocodile Browser Lite‘. It is currently live and ready for your download in the Google Play store right now.”
According to a Vanguard Nigeria report — due to the two brother’s strong interest in technology, they decided to create a functional, fast browser for feature and low end phones because, according to them, “We were fed up with Google Chrome.” Osine who told TechCabal in his pitch mail said: ‘’I write the code, my brother designs it.”
Urban Intellectuals has a report about the two young Nigerian brothers, and whom they say were raised by parents who believe education and technology is very important to the lives of all, they were raised with high aspirations in mind. Their mother says they were able to use the computer before they know how to read and have always been fascinated with technology, creating, building and solving problems.
“By the age of 7 & 9, the duo knew they wanted to start their own technology company. Inspired by Microsoft Windows platform, they decided to name their company “Doors”. However, later they discovered that the name was taken, so they changed it to Blu Doors”, which is still the current name of the company.”
At the ages of 12 and 14, they decided to take on the task of learning how to code. They taught themselves, but had much encouragement, inspiration and access to computers from their school. They did take advantage of free resources. “I learnt to code by myself. I started in 2013, I used sites like Code Academy, Code Avenger and books like ‘Android for Game Development’ and ‘Games for Dummies,” said Anesi.
“The plan to create a better browser for low end featured phones is one that is needed for the developing world. While Chrome and other browsers work great on high end smart phones, the majority of the world are not using this technology and need a low-end option that still provide quick browser response, so this is what the young men did. They built a better mouse trap for the phones they were using.” -UrbanIntellectuals.com
The mother of the duo — Mrs Ngozi Ikhianosime who is a Mathematics teacher, ascribed her children’s success to Greensprings Schools, said students of the school have access to computer and internet facilities, just as personal laptops are made available to each of them at home.
“After Anesi is through with his secondary school education, he will attend A levels, after which he will go to MIT in Boston for his first degree, because the university has the facilities he needs to learn.” Mrs Ikhianosime said.
Their father — Mr Philip Ikhianosime, who is the Head of Management Services and Human Resource Manager at an Insurance Company, says his sons developed interest in the usage of computer very early. He agrees as well, that his children’s school is very instrumental in their continued interest in programming.
Osine, the brother that does the coding; says that he’d like to develop another app that solves real social problems, such as traffic and communication.
The mobile app — Crocodile Browser Lite, can be downloaded from Google Play Store. The mobile browser app is most suitable for the developing world, where broadband internet and mobile internet technology is still emerging.
This InformAfrica report is also available in PDF for dissemination all over the world. You can download it here: Two Nigerian Brothers Build Mobile Web Browser App for Africa (PDF)
- Would you say Anesi and his brother Osine, have inspired a new young generation of teenage coders (Programmers) and problem solvers—emerging from Motherland Africa?