Anesi and Osine Ikhianosime, 13 and 15 year old respectively, are students of Greensprings school, Anthony Campus, Lagos, who developed an Android based web browser called Crocodile Browser Lite, which has made its way to Google Play Store.
Their interest in computers at the tender age of 7 and 9 respectively, led them to set up them own company and also fueled their decision to to learn to code at ages 12 and 14. According to Anesi, “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”.
Osine, 13, said he writes the code together with his brother, for their creations and his brother also designs the UI. Inspired by Microsoft’s Windows platform, they initially named their new company ‘Doors’, but later changed the name to ‘BluDoors’ when they found out that the initial name had been taken.
The brothers revealed that they started developing an Android based web browser, which they named Crocodile Browser Lite, about a year ago, out of boredom. Their strong interest in technology, coupled with their desire to learn, informed the decision to create a functional, fast browser for low end feature phones.
Crocodile Browser Lite was first launched on the Mobango app, and later taken to the Google Play Store so they could reach a wider audience. Their browser currently has around 500 downloads, but no ads yet. The brothers plan to release a new version of their browser, Crocodile Browser Lite 3.0, this April.
Mrs. Ngozi Ikhianosime, mother of the teenage boys revealed, “Oseni could already use a PC before could read, at age 3.” She also said that the school the boys attended also played a key role in encouraging their love for coding. They had access to computers in school and they both had personal laptops at home.
With regards to Anesi, who is in his final year of secondary school, his mother says, “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 well.”
Anesi looks forward to developing other apps with real-life problem solving applications.