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iHub By Jimmy Gitonga / February 3, 2014

Time is Ripe for Kenyan Android Developers

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Guest Blog by Erick Wasambo, Kenya Android Developer Group Lead

A lot has been said about Kenya being a tech-destination, especially on mobile. One of them being TEDxVienna talk by Alexander Oswald where he concludes by saying that if the rest of  the world is not careful, they will be coming to Kenya in future for consultations. My questions are, where are these hard-working and experienced developers? And if they are there, will you be amongst the people to be consulted? And if so What remarkable thing would you have done to fit to shoe? Smartphone mobile penetration rate in Kenya is at it’s high with over 100,000 smartphones sales monthly. Our Kenyan developers need to work much harder and smarter than they have done in the past. When I say smarter, I mean we need to improve our software development methodologies and also meet international standard of mobile software development. We also need to be more collaborative and see ourselves as Team Kenya competing the world. To my knowledge, no Kenyan mobile developer specifically Android developers have fully understood and broken the local market let alone Google Play which now experiences ever increasing billions of downloads of apps. Here is a look at what has been happening –  Android Download Projections Infographic.

Our Android Developers are facing a myriad of challenges. I recently uploaded one of my long-terms apps into Google play and was surprised by the Analytics I got after a few weeks. Approximately 80.3% of the people who downloaded my app were using Android version 4.03-4.3, 5.13% of them already had KitKat! 15.63% had Android 2.1- 2.3.7, 0.55% had Version 3.1 -3.2. This shows that our local users are demanding a lot from us and time for writing and building non-sleek, and non-standard conforming apps is OVER! We can no longer manage building great apps from our own closets and private offices, each of us have a thing or two that they know and would be good to share amongst us. That is why Android Developer Group Nairobi was formed.

With the support of the iHub Nairobi and partners like Google, Intel and Samsung, We (Android Developers) will be meeting at Bishop Magua Building on every first Saturday of every month to discuss and polish on some of these issues with our first meet up being on this Saturday, 8th February 2014 from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. This one will be at the iHub UX Lab on Ground Floor.

The following is how our monthly meet up programme will look like:

  • Current Affairs/Android News/Blogs
  • Coding Session(The Day’s Topics)
  • Mobile Apps Clinic
  • Monthly International Apps Review
  • International Android Conferences Reviews

Evidently, there is a lot to be covered. So karibuini to the community. Please remember to join our Google plus page here . Come and let’s  grow together. See you on Saturday. About the writer: Erick Wasambo is a passionate and experienced android developer. He is the current champion/lead for the Android Developer Group Nairobi. Find him on twitter @omondiwasambo.

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Author : Jimmy Gitonga

Jimmy is a founding member of the ARK, a design house that developed the Zuku brand for Wananchi and designed the iHub space. He is a member of the Planet Rackus crew, who were winners at Pivot East 2012 in the entertainment category, as well as the overall competition winners with their Ma3Racer mobile game. He was the founding Lead for the iHub Cluster. At iHub he now has the title, "Hype Master"


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  • john at 00:15:20AM Friday, February 14, 2014

    can i sell apps on google play in when am a kenyan developer

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  • Jimmy Gitonga at 09:23:29AM Friday, February 14, 2014

    As far as I know, the answer is yes and no. If you have an internationally based bank account that is in places that GPlay recognises, then yes. In Kenya directly, through MPesa for example, no.

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  • Edwin at 04:49:40AM Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    Great I have been looking for an institution to study android devt bt invain. Any advice please. get me thru the email

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