I recently stumbled upon Globacom Nigeria’s application store (or app store) for Android and decided to check it out. There is also a version for BlackBerry users downloadable from the same page.
After downloading and installing the Glo appstore, you are required to select your device on first launch. After that, the app loads a page where there are three tabs namely : Top apps, Most recent and Most view.
The default tab that you are greeted with is the Top Apps tab and it consists of about 30 apps.
There are 26 different categories to choose from, ranging from education to entertainment and the likes. However most of them are empty, which is a huge downer for me.
Creating an account is a very simple process that can be done by clicking on the Sign In button. Registration is quick and sharp and you can download aplications by clicking on the download button after you select the application.
The application does not work in landscape mode and although I was able to download some apps from the store on a Samsung Galaxy S, I haven’t been able to download a single app while using the Samsung Galaxy Note.
Where are the Nigerian apps?
I had also thought that I would see some Nigerian apps there but I was wrong. There are none in there.
While this seems a good move by Globacom Nigeria, the question is, Do we really need another app store for Android? The obvious lack of apps in this store (and in particular the lack of apps developed in Nigeria) makes it all the more bewildering why this is needed at all. There are no more than a few hundred apps in there.
If interested, do download the Glo App store for Android and then relay your thoughts in the comment section below.