The Crocodile Browser and the Non-Existent Metaphor

crocodile browser

I remember the good old days. The days the Opera Mini browser was the undisputed king of mobile browsing. The days when Internet access for an internet-hungry Naija youth like me was more difficult than getting a dedicated nun to spend a whole weekend with you. Those were the days of all night browsing at the nearest Internet Cafe.

In the tech world, there are no good old days really.

Just days when access to technology was prohibitive because of the high cost. Back then my favourite browser was opera mini working flawlessly on my symbian handset. Frankly, I had little choice to be fair. The Opera mini was the only mobile browser able to actually compress your data and at the same time deliver the full web browsing experience to your phone. I also used to love Bolt. The collapse of bolt left a big hole in me.

When it comes to mobile browsers, I have really paid my dues.

Now, the only reason I paid attention to the crocodile browser making waves these days is simply the fact it was created by two Nigerian kids, the teenage brothers Osine Ikhianosime who is 13 years old and Anesi Ikhianosime, 15 years old. You see why I keep saying 'the good old day' is an outdated phrase? No kid, let alone a black kid from Nigeria would've been able to invent something like this in those days. The crocodile browser, according to their sales pitch, is a `functional fast browser' for low and mid level phones.

At this point you'd expect me to do a full review of the crocodile. I'm sorry to disappoint you.

Thing is, I have gone through so many browsers promising me heaven that I stopped bothering. Opera mini still compresses data better than any browser and more often than not renders web pages better than all the others. While my second choice, UC browser, is marginally faster and has a good download manager.

With those two, I don't need any more app to clutter my device. Thank you.

But this is a Nigerian invention by two adorable kids, right? So I should support them as a patriotic duty and as part of my quota to make Naija a greater country, right? Wrong on the second point. In this new brave new world of digital technology where teenagers can become obscenely rich just by spending too much time with their computers, instead of playing hide and seek like we used to do in the good old days, you don't need patriotism to sell a good digital product.

Your market is the whole Internet. We are talking billions of potential customers.

Patriotism is the refuge of mediocre products. I'm not saying the crocodile browser is mediocre. No. As a matter of fact it is doing OK in the market. Since it's release, it has been downloaded over 500 times from Google play store. That's not bad for a new product in the crowded and highly competitive browser niche. Nigeria has about 60 million active Internet users.

That must be a potentially good market fueled by Patriotism one must surmise.

After all, the government even encourages us to consume locally made products. These teenage inventors are on their way to making their company the next big thing if only all that 60 million act as one and just download the browser. 500 downloads of crocodile browser is just a tiny tip of a 60 million downloads iceberg. Now, I dare you to find the metaphor. I told you.

It is non-existent.