On January 15th of this year, Yomi wrote a piece that I personally think deserves an award. He actually told manufacturers, developers and others who do not support Nigeria to go to blazes. It was a really bold and daring move, and I must say that I salute Yomi for standing against such nonsense.
Whether you think that the opening up of Blackberry AppWorld to Nigeria was directly linked to that article or not is irrelevant. The fact remains that it was opened up after the article was written and Nigerians are the better for it.
Google’s Android Market is another system that has remained partially closed to Nigeria. You see, while users of Android devices in Nigeria can download free apps from the market, they are unable to buy paid apps because Nigeria is not on the list of supported countries.
Recently, however, I visited the web version of the Android Market and noticed that not only was I able to view paid apps, the prices of those apps were listed in Naira, with the Naira image properly displayed.
Of course, I was still not able to pay for apps (I was presented with a PayPal payment page when I clicked through to purchase but have no PayPal account). Perhaps any of our Android fans here with a PayPal account can give it a shot?
Note that you need to have an Android phone currently associated with your Market account or you will be asked to sign in with a different account.
Can we take this as a sign of progress?