The battle line is drawn in the race for Nigeria’s top app. Microsoft Nigeria launched the 9ja Apps competition as a way to empower the next generation of Nigerian developers. The message was clear, Develop locally relevant and locally appealing apps for the Windows platform(Windows Phone and Windows 8) and stand a chance to win mouth watering prizes. The tournament was then extended to give more time for developers to submit apps to the store. Since then there has been several apps from Nigerian developers vying for the top prize. Here is a teaser of SOME of the wonderful apps on display.
Get all of news from Nigeria and Africa right on your phone. News from all of your favourite publishers and across various subject matters. From politics, to entertainment, sports and gossip. Enjoy the best information experience possible. Available for Windows Phone. The app is free
Want to learn more about Nigeria and the beautiful places to visit, TourismNigeria might just be for you. App Developer Oludayo Alli is former Nigerian Imagine Cup representative. Available for Windows Phone and costs $1.49 but allows for a trial version
3. Price Agent
Akinwale Ariwodola, the first recognised Nigerian with a published app on the Windows Store is out with another Windows 8 app. Price Agent(free) is the price comparison tool you need. It lets you find the best prices on products you’re shopping for. Available for both Windows Phone and Windows 8
Sasha Winston, developer of TwinkleMap and AFCON 2013 Guide(hehe) is out with another Windows 8 app. For $3.49 or a free trial, you will learn how to prepare the perfect African Recipe ranging from Akwa Ibom Afang soup to Ghana’s Pineaple Spice drink. Like i said, its for Africa. More apps are in the works but thats for another day. AfriRecipesWiki is available for Windows 8
There are several more locally relevant apps by Nigerians and a lot more to come. Nigerians are not smiling :) However there is only so little i can write about. I will be putting more 9jApps material over the course of the tournament. To learn more about 9jApps, go to 9jApps.info
It takes pride as being the only fully featured Instagram client on the market. Register, upload, comment, like, follow, find your facebook friends. Windows Phone 8 users finally have a way to view and upload photos to Instagram via the new Itsdagram app. This is not an official instagram app and It’s not clear if Instagram will ever pull the app’s ability to upload photos to the service, but for now the app seems to work well. Itsdagram goes for $1.49 though you have the option of trying it out first. For now Itsdagram only supports Windows Phone 8
Download Itsdagram for Windows Phone 8
Microsoft has confirmed that the upcoming update for Windows 8 codenamed Blue will be branded as Windows 8.1 for public release. At a recent conference, Tami Reller shared that Windows 8.1 will be a free update to Windows 8 for consumers through the Windows Store. She also reiterated the goal of delivering continual updates to create a richer experience for Windows customers. Windows 8.1 is part of that and continues the journey.
Read more on the Windows Blog
AfriRecipesWiki is a cooking app which includes African top rated recipes. It also allows users to include their own recipes and gain points as well as options to save your favorite recipes for easy access. Recipes cover the ingredients, step by step directions, and nutritional value. AfriRecipesWiki is a very nice cooking app for Windows 8. AfriRecipesWiki is my third Windows 8 app and one i had really had fun working on as i got to learn how to prepare a lot of local African dishes. Much of the information of the recipes showcase was gotten from some external sources and i do not claim ownership of the recipes content. AfriRecipesWiki goes for $3.49 but has a free trial period.
Download AfriRecipesWiki from the Windows Store
Latest Windows 8.1 Build Reveals Name Changes, ‘Computer’ Is Now ‘This PC’, ‘Libraries’ Is Now ‘Folder’
Latest Windows 8.1 build has revealed some changes Microsoft is making to its Explorer window. The traditional ‘Computer’ name has been renamed as ‘This PC’, but the icon remains the same. Also the ‘libraries’ has now become ‘folders’. Also the new ‘Folders’ is now available for access right inside the ‘This PC’ explorer windows as opposed to the past where you will have shortcuts in the sidebar.
It is good to see that Microsoft is improving the classic Explorer Windows experience along with the Modern UI experience. We should know about it more when Microsoft releases public preview of Windows 8.1 in June.
64 finalists have been selected for the public voting phase of the Windows Phone Next App Star Competition. The competition is a contest for Windows Phone apps to be voted on by the public for $60,000 worth of prizes. Through head-to-head style voting, the grand winner will pocket the opportunity to have his (or her) app featured in a Windows Phone prime-time TV advertisement spot in the US. 9,000 entries were looked through, from more than 79 markets. Judging to select the 64 finalists was based 50% on total app ratings on the Windows Phone Store, with the other 50% on app quality. Of the 64 apps, 32 are free and the remaining apps are commercially available.
Now we’re in the public voting phase, Microsoft is offering Lumia 920s as an incentive for consumers (as well as developers) to vote. Be sure to get involved and vote for your favorite app. It’s Facebook orientated so head on over to the Windows Phone Next App Star page for more information.
Twitter released a native Windows Store app for Windows 8 and as usual with Twitter, simplicity was the key factor. The app features Twitter’s Home, Connect, Discover, and Me tabs, and all the familiar features of Twitter, but is also designed with Windows 8 in mind, which means it can take great advantage of tools like the sharing charm and Live Tiles. You can also use Windows 8 gestures to do things like swipe photos back and forth.
Download Twitter for Windows 8