Just a quick look-through the previous year, it wouldn’t be a bad idea if I decided to prepare a list of mobile applications mostly used by Nigerian students under the year in review, 2016. So here they are, listed below:
Taking the top position, Whatsapp. An ad-free instant messaging service for all major smartphones from WhatsApp Inc., wholly owned by Facebook. Founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum, WhatsApp uses the Internet as an alternative to the SMS text messaging system.
This Instant messaging app would continue to be Nigerian studnets’ favorite when it comes to text and call devices. This is disputably the mobile app used the most, by Nigerian students in 2016.
Coming through on the second position is a mobile app that allows users to send and receive “self-destructing” photos and videos. Photos and videos taken with the app are called snaps. Sort of what became an instant hit in recent time, Snapchat seems to be that most preferred social network app by Nigerian students in the year 2016.
Opera is a Web browser that provides some advantages over other browsers from Mozilla or Microsoft. Much smaller in size, Opera is known for being fast and stable. Opera is available for a number of operating systems, including BeOS, Symbian OS, Linux, Mac OS, OS/2, Solaris, and Windows.
Opera and Opera Mini are still the most famous browser amongst Nigerian students, this makes it one of the most used app by Nigerian students in 2016.
Instagram is a free online photo sharing and social network platform that was acquired by Facebook in 2012. Instagram allows members users to upload, edit and share photos with other members through the Instagram website, email, and social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Foursquare and Flickr.
Snapchat is not blowing the competition away especially when Instagram now offers Snapchat-like features, Instagram stories. Instagram is also one of the most popular social network used by many Nigerian students in 2016.
The transportation company uber, which with its app you can order a cab from your current location to your exact destination was also an instant hit in 2016. We got many Nigerian students using its service.
Xender is an application that connects two or more smartphones to share photos, applications, and other media. It was founded by Xender Team (originally known as Anmobi.inc). Xender is available on four operating systems (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Tizen) and in 22 languages.
Xender is a file sharing app that uses Wi-Fi-direct to share files, photo and videos. This is another app widely used by Nigerian students in 2016, especially to send scanned lecture materials.
Shazam is a song recognition app using audio fingerprinting technology. It is also one app that became widely used by Nigerian students in 2016.
8. True caller
Truecaller is a mobile application, which is a worldwide number lookup service. Which means through this app you can find owner of any Mobile number without calling that number.
It is a very simple mobile app that suggests names of unknown callers from it’s online database of contacts. True caller, is also one of the apps that could be found on many Nigerian students’ phones in 2016.
9. Candy Crush!
Candy Crush Saga is a free-to-play mobile match-three puzzle video game released by King on April 12, 2012, for Facebook; other versions for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Windows 10 followed. It is a variation on their browser game Candy Crush.
It was a blown mobile app majorly among girls, which inevitably got guys loving it as well. It is very well easy to get addicted to and found its way to the devices of so many Nigerian students in 2016.
Twitter is the last on my list but also very popular amongst Nigerian students in 2016. If you don’t mind, you can follow me on Twitter @Fattbabakay.
Below are some other worthy mentions :
– Facebook Messenger
– Dream League Soccer
– Clash of Clans
– UC Browser