If you talk about the mobile app market, it isn’t that old, but the number of app it holds is enormous. As of March 2018, there are about 2.6 million apps in the Google Play Store. And on the third quarter of 2018, Apple Store crossed the mark of 2.1 million apps in the store. You got it right! The app market is huge. It is the factor about the market that drives every app developer crazy and creates a sort of competition between other developers just to gain the ranking in the app store. Facebook is the most downloaded app at roughly around 4.2billion downloads. There are quiet few Nepali apps as well that have gained popularity.
All these app store, no matter what platform they reside on, is perfect place to show your skills from making apps for entertainment, games, business, communication, dating and many more. If you have good quality app, then you will reach top someday. This common aim is what brings creators and developers together from around the world. We will be talking specifically about just the Nepali developed apps and those which represents the Nepali developer. It has been few year, Nepali developers too have got some recognition. There has been quite a few Nepali apps in playstore as well as app store that have gained fair amount of popularity. If you have keen interest in technology, you probably have a smartphone and whatever you come across, you definitely have searched for them in the app store.
The main focus of today’s discussion is going to be held around the two top platforms for app development: Google Play Store and Apple AppStore.
Nepali Apps in Android
Nepal being the country of people with moderate earning, android devices are the most popular ones here. Android not only is open source platform, but it is wide spread and has reach in even fairly remote corners or the world. The development platform of the android app is free and easy to use. The platform being open source, you can get source codes and APIs of fewer apps through google search and forums. Nepali app development has seen rise in App Market with more and more developers engaging in the app development and the user supporting the apps from the Nepali developers. Few of the apps like eSewa, Khalti, Call Break Multiplayer, Kitti and many more are the famous ones on the Playstore.
Android app development isn’t platform dependent as well, meaning you can start making your android app from any platform you have, may it be windows, macOS or Linux, google has got you covered with the software and support system. Android market too is somewhat cheaper place for you to have your apps launched and make profit as you grow.
Nepali Apps in Apple Store
Apple is specific about their app development. It is said that apple app development is fairly easy process. The apple app though being limited to only Apple devices, it might not be seen as big platform, but mind it, it has around 2.1 million apps. The variety and categories are quite similar in both the Android and Apple market, differing in just the implementation and availability.
The app development process in Apple is strictive, you have to have the development software on the macOS for you to be eligible to write codes for the app. Apple has a developing software that is specifically just for the mac users. Apple AppStore has a fee of $99/year and Google Playstore has a onetime fee of $25. It is cheaper to develop an app for Google. Though Nepali Apps are not limited to PlayStore alone, there are apps like eSewa, Daraz, nLocate and others as well in the AppStore, highlighting the names of Nepali developers among others.
App development isn’t just writing lines of codes and launching them in the market. You got to have a specific purpose for your app, you got to choose between many of the available categories in the market place to best suit your app among the top apps in the app market. Similarly, there are availability of Nepali apps in many of the categories in the store. You can choose from astrology to games, switch between games to patro apps, have movie apps to language apps, you have wide availability of Nepali made apps. If you are from Nepal, you might have already come across many of these apps. And one of the good things about Nepali Apps is that many of them are free to access.
Some of the categories and their corresponding app details are given in the headings below.
Nepali Astrology Apps
Astrology has been an undeniable part of Hindu culture and belief. Some astrologers reside in different regions of Nepal and India who are capable of sharing your future with you and many have the apps developed featuring their works. Some of the Nepali apps from the store are given below.
Jokhana is ancient fortune telling technique of eastern divination in Nepal, India and Tibet. It is very popular occult in Hindu, Buddhist, Shamanism and Tantric cult. The app is developed by Sunil Sitaula and is offered by Global Vedic Sciences Vidyapith Pvt. Ltd. The app has 50,000+ downloads on the Playstore. The first ever version of the app was released on July 20, 2015. The app is frequently updated and has been recently updated on June 20, 2018. The current version of app available on the playstore is 2.2.8. the app has got pretty good UI and is fairly easy to use and understand.
- Ved (Vedic Astrology): My Personal Astrologer
The app is offered by Appology Tech Pty Ltd and is developed with the authentic Vedic astrologers from Nepal. It provides first question for free, and you have instant access to your personal astrologer anywhere, anytime. The latest version of the app available is 2.3 and has been recently updated on 31st October, 2018. The first ever release of the app took place in 17th January, 2018. The app has crossed a mark of 5,000+ downloads in matter for few months. Kudos to the Nepali developers.
- Hora Astrology and horoscope
Based on the Vedic Astrology, with the experiences of astrologers from Nepal, this app is developed by Vedic Hora Nepal Pvt. Ltd. The app has 10,000+ downloads and has been recently updated on 2nd October, 2018. It has current version of 4.4 and was launched on 20th June, 2017.
Nepali Patro Apps
There are few Nepali apps on the market that made the Nepali patro system popular. These apps make you familiar with all the important dates and “Tithis”. Some of the apps are listed below.
- Hamro Patro
Hamro patro is a multicultural Nepali calendar which presents each and every Nepali festivals, cultural events, forex rates, FM radios and many more. It was latest updated on 28th October, 2018. The latest version available is 12.9.1 with 5,000,000+ downloads on the market. It has been offered under name Hamro Patro. It was released on 22nd January, 2012.
- Nepali Patro
It is another app that represents the Nepali developers in the market. It is somewhat similar in providing the functionality as that of hamro parto. With frequent updates and continuous support, it has crossed over 1,000,000+ downloads on the play store. The latest version available is 4.6.3 and was updated lately on 17th October, 2018. It is offered by Nepali Patro and was released on 21st Janaury, 2011.
- Nepali Calendar Ramro Patro
Similar to many other Nepali apps focusing on patro system in the market, Ramro patro belongs to the Nepali developers, offered by Ramro Patro. It was updated recently on 30th July, 2018 to version 2.0. It is just a startup app and has seen 100,000+ downloads. Launched on 10th April, 2017, it is on its way to make it name as of other apps in the market.
Nepali Typing Apps
There are many awesome as well as very useful apps on the market that allows you to have the option of Nepali typing though you might not have any knowledge of Nepali Unicodes.
- Type Nepali
Type Nepali is an app offered by Nepalayas. This app lets you type in romanize Nepali words into the text box on homepage and as the spacebar is pressed, the romanize Nepali turns into unicode Nepaliand is displayed inside the test area. You can now copy and use the text anywhere you like. It has been lately update to version 2.0.2 on 15th September, 2014. It has seen 500,000+ downloads from the day of its release on 10th October 2013.
- Nepali Typing (Offline)
This app has two different boxes, one for the input and another showing the output. You type in english or romanize nepali and the output is displayed in Devanagari script. The prosecc is instant and reliable. It is developed by GamesNepal and was released on 10th October, 2015. The latest version available is 1.0.4 and was updated on 30th October, 2016 with 100,000+ downloads till date.
- Nepali Unicode – Type in Nepali(Offline)
This app is simple enough, you type in romanize Nepali and it gets converted into Devanagari. It has 500+ downloads with version 1.1 updated on 20th February, 2018. It is offered by Bhuwan and was released on 18th February, 2018.
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Nepali Bank Apps
Online banking has been very handy in managing quick transactions. Almost every major banks in Nepal are opting for the mobile and online banking. The use of mobile banking app and getting the benefit of utilizing your funds in the bank account right from your mobile has revolutionized how the banking procedure used to be.
- NBL Smart
Nepal Bank Limited has been providing the online banking app in your mobile phone. You can manage your transactions and pay utility bills and many more right from your mobile. It has 10,000+ downloads and is offered by F1soft. It was updated to version 3.0.0 on 16th April, 2018 and was initially released on 25th September, 2016.
- Prabhu Mobile Banking
Prabhu Bank has been providing the mobile banking and internet banking option for the ease of their customers. Through the prabhu mobile banking app, you can do transactions and have track of your transactions. It is offered by F1soft released on 8th August, 2012. The latest version available is 2.6 which was updated on 17th August, 2018. The app has seen 100,000+ downloads.
- NIC ASIA MOBANK
Offered by F1soft the app is developed for the NIC ASIA bank. It was released on 8th July, 2013 and has been updated to version 2.1.5 on 3rd November, 2018. The app has 100,000+ downloads on the market and provides all the functionality you would want a banking app to perform.
*Note: Now, different Banks of Nepal are providing their online banking service the Apps. You can refer from the respected Bank’s Customer Care.
Nepali Mobile Wallet
Mobile wallet is far more practical and comfortable while carrying and in terms of functionality. There are apps on the market that has been providing the Nepali people with the opportunity of enjoying the mobile wallet feature.
eSewa Fonepay Pvt. Ltd. Is the first and leading Payment Service provider in Nepal. It has started its service in 2009 AD. It is the subsidiary company of F1soft international one of the leading fin-tech company in Nepal. The app was released on 31st December, 2012 and has been downloaded 500,000+ times. The latest version offered is 3.4.0 and has been updated to that on 27th October, 2018.
- IME Pay
Introduced by IME to have easy, quick and hassle-free online digital payments for day-to-day services, IME Pay is alternative to many monetary transactions. It is licensed by Nepal Rastra Bank and powered IME Remit. The app is developed by IME Digital Solution Limited, released on 10th March, 2017. The app has 100,000+ downloads till version 2.1.7, released recently on 4th November, 2018.
- Khalti Digital Wallet (Nepal)
Targeting to provide the fastest and safest online payment experience for various Bill and utility payments, Khalti is the most revolutionary on its own. The app is offered by Sparrow Pay Pvt Ltd. It has 100,000+ downloads, updated to version 1.32.00 on 16th November, 2018. The first version of the app was released on 29th May, 2016.
Nepali News App
Nepali news media too is wide-spread in the mobile phones. There are a number of Nepali apps in the market that provides latest news not only from Nepal, but from all around the world. The fastest way to have news on your palm is through app these days, not through newspaper.
- Nepali News Pro
Have no time to look at the headlines on the paper, you would better download Nepali News Pro app on your mobile phone. It has many sources integrated on the app that you can read news from. The app is developed by Bibhu Man Rajbhandari, released on 2nd December, 2015. The app is updated to version 2.2 on 27th April, 2018. It has 10,000+ downloads on the app market.
- Kantipur Daily
Developed by Kantipur Media Group, the app is the official online Nepali app of the Kantipur Daily newspaper. The app has 100,000+ downloads on the store. The latest version available is 2.04 and was updated on 8th October, 2018. The app was first released on 20th December, 2017.
- All Nepali News
All Nepali News is a news app which provides 24 online news channels(sites) of Nepal. It provides you with news channel and online news portals of Nepal. The app’s latest version is 2.1 updated on 10th January, 2018. It is offered by Santo Nepal Santo and has 1,000+ downloads. It was released on 10th January, 2018.
Nepali Keyboard App
Apart from typing Romanize Nepali and copying the Nepali output, there are Nepali keyboards on the market that does the job pretty well for writing in Nepali.
- Hamro Nepali Keyboard
Hamro keyboard is the Nepali keyboard offered by Hamro Patro, one of the few Nepali apps provider from Nepal. Through this keyboard, you can directly write in Nepali, without any need for copying and pasting. The app lets you directly write using the Nepali Unicode. The app was updated on 30th May, 2017 to version 2.3. It has 1,000,000+ downloads in the market with the release on 8th December, 2018.
- Nepali Keyboard
This is the app offered by Nepali Patro, another awesome Nepali Apps developer from Nepal, as an addition to their app collection. It is easier to type in Nepali from many different options available not having to copy and paste the result every now and then with 50,000+ downloads, it was update to version 1.3.0 on 2nd July, 2018. It was first released on 23rd April, 2018.
- Nepali Typing Keyboard with Nepali Keypad
The app provides some cool features like the Nepali Keypad, auto correction, emojis and many more. It has 1,000+ downloads on the market with version 1.1. It was released on 14th October, 2018 and updated on 30th October, 2018. It is offered by Ampinity App Solutions.
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Nepali Learning App
There are plenty of solutions to you learning Nepali language. There are few apps in the market that makes the task easy and efficient.
- Learn Nepalese
Learn Nepalese is a Nepali app offered by Akash K in attempt to make Nepali learning easy and quick. The app helps to learn most Nepali phrases so that you can be fluent in general conversations locally. It was released on 28th November, 2015 and has 10,000+ downloads at present. The latest version available is 3.0 updated on 13th July, 2018.
- Nepal Bhasa
Nepal Bhasa is an app offered by Nepali Apps letting you learn Nepal Bhasa or Newari, a part of Nepali community language. It has 10,000+ downloads on the market with release and updated date being 6th October, 2016 and version 1.0.
Nepal Driving License Apps
Some Nepali apps focusing on the driving rules and regulations from Nepal, available on the market is given below.
- Nepal Driving License
It is basically a driving license test assisting app. It helps you in the written examination preparation for License in Nepal. It is offered by Naba Sansar Developers released on 15th May, 2016. It has 100,000+ downloads on the store and was updated on 8th January, 2018. The latest version available is 12.2.
- Nepal Driving License
It is offered by Makura Creations providing you the handy solutions to the preparation questions for the written test of driving license in Nepal. It has 10,000+ downloads and latest version 2.0 updated on 18th April, 2017. It was released on 1st May, 2016.
- Nepal License All in One
It is a package all in all with features from online form, traffic signs and signal knowledge, trail videos and many more. Offered by ArBn, it has 10,000+ downloads and latest version of 1.2.9 updated on 10th September, 2018. The app was released on 29th January, 2018.
Nepali Dictionary App
Nepali dictionary is something to have when you are on the go and have confusing Nepali terms with you. Here are few Nepali apps offering the dictionary function.
- Nepali Dictionary: Learn English
It is a member of Hamro Patro app family. It helps you know the English meaning to Nepali words and vice-versa. It was updated on 16th March, 2018 to version 6.0. It has total downloads of 1,000,000+. It was first released on 15th July, 2015.
- Nepali Shabdakosh & Dictionary
It is a three-way En<->Ne<->Ne dictionary. It is completely offline and you can search for words right away. It has 100,000+ downloads and latest version 0.6.2 updated on 17th November, 2017. It is offered by Nobal Niraula and released on 21st February, 2017.
- Shabdakosh Nepali dictionary
It is offline dictionary offered by Pravidhisolutions updated to version 0.0.4.0 on 2nd June, 2017. It has 50,000+ downloads on store. It was released on 6th December, 2016.
Nepali Streaming App
Streaming live TVs are something that’s handy for many of us, watching TVs on the go live. Some of the apps provided in the market are listed below.
- NET TV NEPAL
NET TV NEPAL is the first ever commercial OTT and IPTV service established with Nepal Government’s license to operate officially and legally. NET TV is for Nepal that NETFLIX is for rest of the world. It has Live tv channels, Movies-on-demand, pay per view and many more services. The latest version of the app, 2.1.9, was updated on 6th November, 2018. The app is offered by NITV Streamz Nepal and was released on 2nd September, 2015. The app has around 500,000+ downloads on the play store.
- Nepal Streams
Nepal streams is multipurpose Nepali App aimed to provide as much information related to Nepal and Nepali community. It can stream radios, news media and many other features. The app is offered by Nepali Patro released first in 12th October, 2015. The app has 10,000+ downloads and was updated to version 2.0.4 on 19th February, 2017.
- Nepali TV
Nepali TV is free Nepali Tv channel app the streams news, sports and entertainment base including local Nepali television channels. It has 5,000+ downloads in the market, initial release being in 13th September, 2018 and latest update to version 1.0 being on 12th November, 2018. It is offered by Maxon Online.
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Nepali Entertainment Apps
Under entertainment category, there are Nepali apps like FM streaming apps, movies apps, music apps, and many more, purely made for entertainment.
- Nepali FM Radio All Station
Through this app, you can listen to Nepali Radio stations throughout the world, through internet. This app streams radio stations from Nepal. It has maximum Nepali FM, AM & online radios. The app is offered by AmarDroid with the initial release being on 12th October, 2016. The latest version that can be downloaded from app market is 5.0 and was updated to this on 19th January, 2018. It has 100,000+ downloads on playstore.
FOPI is a video on demand app. You can watch videos, movies, songs on demand. It has 50,000+ downloads on the playstore. The initial release being on 23rd April, 2018, and latest version 2.7 being updated on 13th November, 2018. The app is offered by Aaviskar Technology Pvt. Ltd.
- Hightlights Nepal
Highlights Nepal is a company established under the Companies Act 2006 on February, 2009. The app provides movies and songs and many other videos and music on the app. The app is updated to latest version 1.3 on 23rd March, 2018 and has 10,000+ downloads. The app was released on 13th May, 2015. The app is offered by NEW IT VENTURE.
- Nepali Mp3
It is the Mp3 streaming app from Nepal. You can find number of Nepali songs and music online through this app, though it be the latest one or the oldest of them all. Offered by Best Media Pvt. Ltd., it has seen just 100+ downloads, but you can expect the number to rise as time passes by. The app was released and last updated on 30th September, 2018.
- Music Nepal
The hottest music streaming application in Nepal. It has large range of Nepali music. You can find songs from album, movies and many more. The latest version was updated to 3.0.1 on 23rd July, 2018. It has 10,000+ downloads and is offered by mJams Music. It was released on 17th July, 2017.
- Najeek Make New Friends
Najeek means “near” in Nepali. This is a social networking app from Nepal. Offered by The Next Coders Pvt. Ltd., you can find friends online from near your locality. It has 1,000+ downloads on the playstore. The app was updated to version 2.2 on 19th November, 2018. The initial release being on 6th March, 2018, join and make friends.
Nepali Bhajan App
Bhajans are a way to recite God’s name. There are many Nepali apps that provides the bhajan facility in Nepal. Coming from the Nepali developers, they are easy to use and understand.
- Nepali Bhajan
Nepali Bhajan is the app that provides you with different bhajans in Nepali. It is offered by Everest News, you can listen to and download bhajans in Nepali. It has 5,000+ downloads and latest version 2.0. It was updated on 18th August, 2017. It was released on 19th April, 2017.
- All in One Bhajans Chanting
Offered by Zotanko Biralabs, this app has collection Mantras and bhajans that one can listen to. It has 50,000+ downloads and was updated to version 1.8 on 22nd August, 2018. The first release of the app was on 10th March, 2017.
Lok Sewa App
- LokSewa Nepal
Lok Sewa Nepal is a web and mobile based single solution for notices, notes, practice questions, and many other study materials for Lok Sewa Exams for Public Service Commission. It is offered by Lok Sewa, initial release being on 6th November, 2014 and latest update to 5.0.5 version on 3rd October, 2018. The app has 100,000+ downloads on the Play Store and is preferred by many students preparing for the LokSewa exams.
- Lok Sewa Tayari Nepal
It is Lok Sewa exam preparation for government jobs in Nepal. It has rich collection of questions and other study material. The app is offered by Study Zone Nepal and has 10,000+ downloads. The latest version is 4.6 and was updated on 17th November, 2018. The initial release of the app was on 16th May, 2018.
Nepali Games App
- KTM Race VR
The game is offered by Lamp Soft Nepal, it is few of the game developed by the Nepali developers. It is somewhat old game launched on 1st November, 2015 and last update to version 7 on 9th October, 2016. It has 10,000+ downloads.
- Ludo Neo-Classic
It is one of the most successful Nepali apps. The download has exceeded 10,000,000+. It is offered by Jeevan Shrestha. The game was released on 1st November, 2015. Lately it was updated to version 1.18 on 13th September, 2018.
- BaghChal – Tigers and Goats
Bagh chal is one of the traditional board games of Nepal. It is strategy-based board game. The app has 100,000+ downloads. It was initially released on 19th November, 2010. The latest version available is 17.02.15 and was updated on 15th February, 2017. It is offered by TechnoGuff.
Top Nepali Apps
Some of the top Nepali apps as of different sources on the internet are listed below.
- Hamro Patro
- LokSewa Nepal
- My Nepal
- Blood Donation Members Nepal
- Call break
- SCT Moco
- Hamro entrance
- Nepali Song Chord
- Hamro Nepali Keyboard
- KTM Racer Vr
- Marriage Card Game
- Aayo gorkhali
- Nepali Babu Adventure
- Nepali Takme Budo
- Radio Nepali
- Nepali National Anthem
- News Of Nepal
- Digital Nepal
Nepal is a keen nation if seen from IT perspective. The IT sector of Nepal is growing day by day. The developers are uplifting the standards of Nepali apps in both the Android and iOS market. If the development continues, there will be a day, Nepali developers will have a respect that the world-class developers have.
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