Eleven-year-old Richmondite designs Android app

Eleven-year-old Chris Wong might possibly be the youngest Android phone app developer in North America.

Chris, who is in Grade 5 at Brighouse elementary, spent less than three hours to create the BukLau Soundboard App. Inspired by Chinese restaurant pranks, dubbed OwnagePranks (www.ownagepranks.com), Chris' app allows users to play pranks.

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"I spend a lot of time playing games, and then one day I thought maybe I could make my own game," said Chris. "I did it myself, but my dad gave me $25 to register for the Android account."

The whiz kid searched various websites to learn how to create apps.

"I downloaded software from YouTube and other websites and created five apps," said Chris. "I get .99 cents per download of my BukLau Soundboard and, so far, I've made just over $60 in one month."

His father, Stephen Wong, said his youngest son has always been a bright, inquisitive child.

"At two, he started using my computer," he said. "At nine, we gave him a phone.

"I'm very proud of Chris."

Besides creating apps and websites for family and friends, Chris said his hobbies include playing soccer and other sports as well as playing the piano.

It's also not surprising that Chris's favourite subject at school is math.

"My mom taught me math when I was really young, I think around three," he added.

According to the Internet, the youngest app developer in the world is nine-year-old Lim Ding Wen of Singapore.

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