In September this year, Samsung launched a mobile app development contest for Nigeria which surprisingly has attracted huge participation from Nigerian mobile app developers.
The Samsung Apps Developers Contest was open only to applications that had not been made publicly available to the market prior to the beginning of the contest.
Now after the initial selections and ratings by judges, it’s now time for the public to download, test and vote for their favourite apps. Voting starts tomorrow November 11th and ends November 23rd.
There are currently about 60 applications in different categories – Productivity/Tools (16) Education/Reference (11), Games: Casual Puzzles (10), Entertainment (8), Miscellaneous (8), Games: Arcade/Action (5), Social Networking (4).
Some interesting mobile apps include:
- Corruption Monster is a game built on Java that helps you prevent corruption monsters from entering Nigeria. Basically, your job is to kill them. The more they escape from you, the higher number of corruption cases in the country which will eventually end the game.
- Crime Stopper lets users send detailed report of a crime, accident or emergency and the location of the happenings to the appropriate authority (Police, Road Safety, Fire Service, NEMA, etc) within Nigeria. It’s built with Java.
- Naija Places uses your current location to find businesses, utilities, landmarks, institutions and other important places near you. For now, it only covers Ikoyi.
- iGoVote lets you find polling centers and contesting candidates for the upcoming Nigeria elections and is integrated with Google Maps. It’s built using Android.
- Ise is an indigenious game (built with Java) played by the people of Edo state, similar to games like Ayo and Bantumi but with different strategies of play. Play continues until the seed distribution reaches an empty pot.
- Mosquito Squish is aimed at confining mosquitoes to a small area (20%) of the screen. It’s built on Java.
- Ludo brings the traditional Ludo game to your mobile phone, a game that makes you get all your seeds from the Red and blue bases (or more incorrectly basii) to the \’Home\’ which is at the center of the Ludo board. It’s built using Java.
- NSEMarket allows users to track over 50 quoted companies of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Built on Android.
- ChatterBox is a bluetooth-enabled chat application that enables you and your buddies to chat with each other free of charge.
- Mobile Quotes displays motivational quotes on your phone.
You can check out more mobile apps here.
Although I’m yet to test any of the apps, I’ll likely be reviewing any of these mobile applications that I find exciting and interesting. While these mobile apps are free to download, it is very likely that Nigerian mobile apps developers would soon start charging a fee for their apps.
According to a new report by Parks Associates, the North American mobile app market will reach $2 billion by the end of 2010. The report also shows that in-app ad revenue will surpass $860 million in 2014 and paid mobile app profits will exceed $4 billion.
It’ll be interesting to know how much the Nigerian mobile app market will be worth in 2015.
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