On the surface, the Ikhianosime brothers are just like any other teenager boys. They love playing soccer and have a keen interest in learning new things. But can the average boy claim to have coded and designed a web browser specifically designed to work fast and seamlessly on all cellphones – particularly low-end phones?
Probably not, but it’s a claim the Ikhianosime brothers can back up. Together, the self-taught coders and interface designers developed the Android web browser they named the Crocodile Browser Lite 3.0, which has become a popular download in the Google Play store.
The idea to develop the mobile browser arose out of boredom, the brothers – who are currently in Year 9 and Year 11 at Greensprings School, Anthony Campus in Lagos, Nigeria – told Tech Cabal in an interview earlier this year.
“We were fed up with Google Chrome,” they told the publication, largely because browsers like Chrome work optimally on higher-end smart phones, but its functionality tends to slow down on lower-end phones.
According to their mother, Ngozi, the pair had shown a deep fascination with technology, building things and solving problems from a young age. In fact, the brothers learned how to use a computer before they could even read.
By the time they were 7 and 9 year, they had started their own technology company, initially called Doors – a name inspired by Microsoft Windows. After discovering that a company with that name already existed, they settled on the name Blu Doors.
Using educational sites and tutorials from the likes of Code Academy and Code Avengers, as well as books like Android for Game Development and Games for Dummies, the brothers taught themselves how to code just two years ago.
“I didn’t let my uncle’s belief that it would be a tough feat to achieve stop me. I started with Java,” Osine was quoted telling Tech Cabal.
The app is available for free and has been downloaded more than 10 000 times.
Crocodile Browser Lite has received a 4,7 out of 5 stars rating and glowing reviews.
“I have never written a review here, but I am compelled by the data processing speed and display of this app to do this. This is simply awesome. Overall I score you 110% for this stunning work and a very BIG thank you for making Nigeria proud,” one review read.
Another read: “Works incredibly well and very quick too! Absolutely amazing that two young teens created this. With some design upgrades, I’m sure it will become more and more popular.”
Another review equates the brower’s speed with the speed of the world’s fastest sprinter, Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt.
Although still in high school, the brothers plan to pursue tertiary qualifications at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, USA and are surely destined to achieve great accomplishments.