Looking for local apps on your phone? You are in luck with the Tecno phones. Tecno mobile phones now have a range of apps customised for each African regions, including applications in Kiswahili for Kenyan users. The apps range from utility to information apps and even gaming apps, and are a result of Tecno’s partnership with Zalego, which will result on the millions using Tecno phones having access to high quality localised apps.
The handset manufacturer has partnered with Zalego in Kenya, who train developers in mobile application development for Java (j2me) apps, HTML5 (web) apps, BlackBerry apps, Android and other mobile technologies. In preparation for the app challege, Zalego trained 180 students at no cost, who had an opportunity to develop applications for Tecno devices, for which they won cash prizes and Tecno Android handsets.
On Saturday, Zalego and Tecno awarded the top 13 applications in Kenya’s Afmobi challenge at an event held in Kenyatta University and attended by top Tecno and Zalego staff. The Afmobi challenge is being run by Tecno in Kenya, Nigeria and Ethiopia and will lead to apps that will continue to distinguish Tecno as the top mobile phone brand in Kenya and across Africa.
13. Bonyeza by David Kirui.
The Android application has integrated Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) codes for top mobile operators in East Africa into an app. USSD codes are commonly used in the region to provide a range of services including purchase of teclo products such as data bundles and to provide information including airtime and data bundle balance. The apps provides USSD codes for Yu, Safaricom, Airtel Kenya, Orange Kenya, MTN Uganda and Vodacom(Tanzania).
12. Newsblast, by Joshua Mankone
Enables users receive real time content updates from online services such as My Yahoo!, Newsgator, Bloglines, and other news feed aggregators.
11. Betxuduku by Jonathan Kibet
A Sudoku mobile puzzle solving game
10. Kenyan Somali Fight Game by by Bhakitah Tech Solution
It capitalises on Kenya’s entry into Somalia to fight the Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen terrorist group (HSM, commonly known as Al-Shabaab or movement of the youth). The game simulates a battle in the warfield
9. Breaking News by Daniel Thuranira.
News aggregator. The app aggregates breaking news in sports, politics, science and technology, and business.
8. Kenya Basketball by Shem Tuti
An app dedicated to tracking and keeping up to date with local basketball leagues in Kenya.
7. Directory Kenya by Startappzke.
The app helps list places such as hotels and restaurants, cab hire agencies, tour and airline agencies, supermarkets, banks and other locations based on information from Yellow Pages.
6. Real Estate Finder by Kavata Everlyne.
Is an app which provides information of properties for lease and purchase.
5. Campus Guide by Steve Mbuvi
The app gives information that helps prospective students looking to take courses in higher education institutions. The developer says the app is able to give more clarity on what colleges and courses to pick, based on the career path the student wishes to take after study.
4. African Flags by Paul Kirugu Chege.
The app shows flags of African countries, the history behind the flags and also information on the country capitals, their sizes and currencies used in those countries.
3. Jmavuno by Joy Nyamai
The app assists farmers to query the export companies databases to compare the prices offered by various firms for their produce. The information is supposed to help farmers cut out middlemen who are notorious for purchasing produce from farmers at quite low prices and reselling them to firms at huge markups.
2. Tour Africa by Ndiangui Kinyagi.
The app acts as your guide to major African cities, providing information such as key attractions, local weather, currency rates and tips on hotels and restaurants.
1. Idaktari by Gideon Kyalo.
The winning app is an android app. The app is an utility app that enables medical staff to schedule and organize patient appointments. The app is developed
All 13 finalists received a Tecno Android handset. The top three also walked away with cash prizes, with third place taking home KSh. 100,000, second place KSh. 150,000 and first place KSh. 200,000.