Fasmicro and Microscale Embedded,the partnership behind the Ovim Android tablet, have announced the opening of Ovim Store and Android Apps Competition.
The Ovim Store is a solution to monetize Android App in Nigeria since Android market does not accept paid App in Nigeria. As such, Fasmicro and Microscale are seeking local solutions instead of bundling Apps written for an American mogul. The partners take pride in that their ideas are original and in their capacity to provide service, not just hardware.
From the press release:
As we noted in statements during the unveiling of Ovim Tablet, we are into application and solution space business, and not necessarily hardware sale. Ovim will drive new services in Africa, beginning from Nigeria, and will simplify the lives of citizens and corporate entities.
Accordingly, we are building Ovim Store – an Android App store that will be exclusive for our Tablet. We have to take this strategy since Google Android Market does not allow paid Apps in Nigeria. So, for us to provide the services we need, we will bundle the Apps alongside the sale of the Tablet. And that means Apps makers in Nigeria can be paid!
In line with their objectives, a competition has been announced to motivate individuals and companies to develop Apps for exclusive inclusion in Ovim Store.
Top prize is a cash amount of N50,000. Submission Deadline is March 31, 2011.
For more details and full press release, head to Ovim Store and Android Apps Competition.