10 Future West African Android Apps From Google’s Android Developer Challenge

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Google today announced the finalists for its Android Developer Challenge, after several weeks of inviting talented and creative developers in sub-Saharan Africa to design and build original Android applications for mobile phones. The competition was announced back in April 2011.

We’re not sure how many submissions Google received, but only 28 apps from across Africa made it to the final stage. The apps range from entertainment to social networking to productivity apps.

Here are the 10 apps from West Africa that will contest with the rest apps from East Africa and South Africa.

Afrinolly (Nigeria)  – An app to watch African movie trailers and track the stars.

Ha!! Buggy (Senegal) – A fast-paced racing game.

Ayo (Nigeria) – An app for an ancient board game of strategy from west Africa.

Nomad (Togo) – An app that pushes notifications for a social network called Oasis.

TextOnMotion (Nigeria) – An app that allows you to navigate and text at the same time.

Yandda! (Nigeria) – An app that engraves your signature at any location for others to discover.

UniDayz (Ghana) – An app that helps university students better manage and prioritize their coursework.

Breeze Through Service (Nigeria) – An app that enables service providers to improve the quality of their services and strategic business decisions.

Wise Africa (Republic of Guinea) – An African proverbs crowdsourcing app for Android.

Esoko (Ghana) – A market app for agricultural goods that allows users to track inventory and find the best price.

Here Are Our Top 3 Picks!

 

Afrinolly (Nigeria)  – An app to watch African movie trailers and track the stars.

Esoko (Ghana) – A market app for agricultural goods that allows users to track inventory and find the best price.

Wise Africa (Republic of Guinea) – An African proverbs crowdsourcing app for Android.

 

What Next?

 

The top three apps from each category and each region will move to the final stage and would be given six weeks to improve on their apps. At the end of six weeks they will resubmit their app for final review. The top apps from each category will receive $25,000 each.

Within in the past year alone, Google has met with over 10,000 developers and techies across Sub-Saharan Africa. Interestingly, a growing number of android devices (over 300,000 daily) that are activated globally are in markets across Africa.

While we can’t wait to try out these android apps, we’ll be watching the space until the winning applications are announced in September.


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