We are featuring some iPhone/iPod Touch Apps that have been created by Nepalis. Some of you may already have them installed on your devices, but for those who don’t, these apps help the Nepali diaspora connect to their roots, and for us here in Nepal, they make life easier—the Nepali way.
Nepali Calendar (Hamro Patro)
This is by far the best Nepali App in the App Store. Nepali Calendar is a 3-in-one app—the first use is a traditional Nepali calendar (including public holidays and major observances). The second and most popular feature is that it is a very handy date converter. The third feature, which you probably may not guess, is a daily foreign exchange for the Nepali Rupee, complete with trends, graphs and updated rates. Further, the interface is sleek and extremely easy to use, and the best part about this app is that it works offline (except the Forex) and is free of cost! Hats off to the developer Subani Gautam.
Very handy while on the go, Nepali News app gives you updated news related to Nepal. The news comes from various sources and is usually pretty concise, so you don’t have to go about using it on GPRS or 3G. There is also a tab where you can view pieces on Nepal covered by the international media. The video news links are an added bonus—it’ll redirect you to YouTube from where you can stream the feed. Although advertisements are a tad annoying and the interface a bit cluttered, you can’t complain much—it’s for free!
One of the foremost Nepali Apps to be seen in the App Store, Nepali FM fulfills the demand for a radio facility in the iPhone and iPad. It streams popular FM stations while online, live! There are a lot of FM stations to choose from including regional FM, apart from the popular stations. Because it’s streamed directly from the websites, we daresay it’s clearer than using a conventional radio. Deepak Dhakal has done a fine job is bringing this app to the App Store and like the other apps, this too is free.
Type Nepali, as the name suggests, enables you to type in Nepali on your iPhone. Although the Nepali keyboard is limited to the app only, you can still copy and paste what you have typed just as in Unicode. There are handy links to mail, text or copy what you have typed. You can also dabble between Devnagari and Roman keyboards to communicate in Nepanglish. The only bummer is the fact that it only works in iOS 4 and above, so iPhone 2G users might be a bit disappointed. Still, it’s a handy app that deserves to be on any iPhone, and is free of cost.
Source : The Kathmandu Post