Hungama.com Launches International Music Application

hungamaDigital entertainment company Hungama.com has launched a new app that introduces a loyalty feature which rewards users for every action on the app. Users can earn (and redeem) points every time videos are viewed or music is played/shared, or even by inviting friends or creating playlists. The mood discovery functionality of the app plays music to match users moods. This feature allows music discovery based on user preferences – Mood, Tempo, Category, Genre or Era. With this next generation application, the company seeks to change the way users listen to and experience music and videos across mobile devices.

Some key features of the app:

Audio/Video Streaming & Download: The Hungama.com app allows users to not only stream unlimited music, but also enjoy music videos. The app also allows users to purchase and download entertainment content on connected mobile devices. Music intelligence is another aspect of the app, with an add-on feature which brings interesting trivia and lyrics to each song with just a touch.

Mood Discovery: The mood discovery feature allows users to play with different mood options such as “happy,” “party,” “romantic” etc. The music lists discovered can be saved and replayed anytime, anywhere.

Loyalty & Gamification: It’s loyalty program awards gamers for every action on the app. Points can be earned every time a user watches videos, plays/shares music, invites friends or creates playlists. Once collected, the points can be redeemed to download and own content, movie tickets, autographed merchandise, gizmos and gadgets and dinner dates with film stars.

Artist Radio: With over 20,000 artists on Hungamas music application, users have access to a massive pool of their favourite celebritys music playlists via the “artist radio” feature.

Social Music: The ‘my stream option allows users to invite, share and connect with friends online through social networking platforms and initiate waves of interesting music conversations online. ‘My stream also allows music and personal playlists to be shared while users continue to pocket more ‘coins upon sharing with friends.

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The Hungama.com application brings an extensive catalogue of music tracks & videos with over 2 million songs from Bollywood, International, Telugu, Bhojpuri, Tamil, Malayalam and other regional content. The app offers a superior user experience – better & faster play of music and videos, beautiful imagery and a thorough, user-friendly search experience.

The application is available for free download on iOS, Android and BlackBerry10 platforms.

 

[Source: Businesswire India]

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PVR Ltd. Launches ‘NFC enabled PVR Wallet’ App For BlackBerry 10

pvrRecently PVR Ltd. launched its first ‘NFC enabled PVR Wallet’ app for the BlackBerry 10 platform. The NFC enabled PVR Wallet app aims to enable moviegoers to ‘tap and pay’ for movie tickets and refreshments without using paper money across 15 PVR cinemas in cities like Delhi & NCR, Chennai, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Pune, Hyderabad, and Bangalore.

NEC India is the supporting backend provider for ‘PVR Wallet’. NEC India has provided an end-to-end cloud-based e-payment system called NFC e-Money server to PVR that integrates itself facilitating interactivity between devices (the NFC enabled phone and PVR wallet access), for any monetary transactions.

Commenting on the launch, PVR Group President & CEO Pramod Arora said, “PVR has always been a market leader in technology innovation in lieu of providing the very best experience to its consumers. We have a long standing association with BlackBerry and we are excited to launch the ‘NFC enabled PVR Wallet’ app for the BlackBerry 10 platform. Also, with the launch of this latest application, PVR reiterates its commitment to provide it’s consumers the latest in technology and innovative features making lives of movie lovers simpler, faster and worthwhile.”

The NFC enabled PVR Wallet app is a ‘Closed Loop Payment Wallet’ where the rights to use the transaction money remains within the premises of PVR cinemas.

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Gaana.com App Now On Blackberry 10

gaanaOnline music streaming service Gaana.com has launched its app for Blackberry 10 users. The service was already available on Android, iOS, Java and Blackberry’s earlier OS versions.

The BB10 version of Gaana will provide users with access to over a million songs in more than 21 languages including English, Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi etc. The Smart recommendation system enables users to build a playlist based on their favorite tracks. It can make multiple playlists and sync them across platforms. With Social listening, users can see what their friends are listening to. The Discover new music feature provides easy access to popular songs/artists/albums..

Commenting on this, Avinash Mudaliar, Head, Gaana.com said “We want to offer our apps to our users across all platforms and the launch of the Blackberry 10 application is the step in that direction. After the launch we will keep adding features and improving the application to offer the best experience to our users.”

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TOI's Alive App Sees Close To 3.4 Lakh Downloads

aliveThe Alive App, has seen close to 3.4 lakh downloads since its launched by Times of India on December 13, 2012. The Alive App is the world’s first augmented reality application that’s available on five major platforms — Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows and Symbian.

To access the augmented content, TOI readers need to download the Alive application on their mobiles. Focussing the phone’s camera on news reports, pictures or ads in the newspaper (that carry the Alive logo) automatically fetches up related videos or pictures.

According to latest reports, the freeware app was downloaded by as many as 3.4 lac users till January 28. Reports also revealed that Alive augmented visuals released in TOI over the last 30 days have received successful scans ranging from 2.2 lakh to 11.0 lakh per day with an average of approximately 4.6 lakh successful scans every day.

Reports found that users spend an average of 2.4 minutes per day viewing content on their mobile phones.  Bollywood, Sports and National content are the three most popular categories that have emerged among Alive users.

The Alive App, developed in partnership with TimesMobile Ltd, uses the mobile device’s camera to recognize pre-loaded images from the newspaper and plays back augmented pictures or video connected with the particular image. According to reports, the app is a continuous chartbuster in the iOS app store, featuring among the top 100 in its free app category.

Alive App is available on select Android (version 2.2 and above), iOS (version 4.3 and above), BB (version 5.0 and above) and Symbian (version S60 and above) handsets.

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Tencent Launches Walkie-Talkie Style Live Chat On WeChat

wechatTencent has announced the launch of a new feature rich update of WeChat for Android and iPhone users.The latest update 4.5 includes walkie-talkie style Live Voice Chat; QR Code sharing for Group Chats; and Chat History back-up service.

The Live Voice Chat feature allows a group of friends to have instant voice conversations within the group with a simple touch action. It is just like walkie-talkie devices in real world — one person can speak at a time but everyone can hear.The Group Chat feature within WeChat has also got an update. Now every Group can generate a unique QR Code, that can be shared for inviting new members into the group.

WeChat users now have an option of backing up & restoring their chat history with a single-touch; and for iOS users, also the ability to search through chat history. In addition, the User Interface of the app makes it easier for friends to be discovered and recommended as part of the core product experience.

New Features of WeChat 4.5 version for Android and iPhone:

  • Chat with friends in a Live Chat session
  • Invite friends to a WeChat group Chat via QR code
  • Search through Chat history
  • Back-up and restore Chat history

WeChat is a  popular, free mobile voice and text messaging application ,with 300 million registered users globally. It was launched in India in July last year across iPhone, Android, Symbian, and Windows mobile platforms and has recently been launched on the BlackBerry platform as well.

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Gupshup Launches Mobile Messenger App on Android, IOS,Blackberry & NOKIA S40

GupshupGupshup Technology India  yesterday launched a mobile messaging app, called GupShup Messenger, for smartphone platforms –Android, IOS, Blackberry  and feature phones – NOKIA S40. It uses data services in smartphones to send messages and works like normal SMS service in Java based phones. The company is currently working on enabling the rich media features like pictures and video messaging like Whatsapp.

Interestingly, if the message recipient does not have the app installed in his phone, GupShup will deliver the message to him free in the form of a regular SMS.

“Emerging markets such as India and Indonesia have numerous feature-phone users even as smartphone adoption is growing. Services like GupShup that integrate data and SMS, are well suited to the needs of emerging markets”, said Beerud Sheth, co-founder and chief executive officer of GupShup.

GupShup Messenger includes features like public and private messaging in which users can seamlessly switch and easily share messages with followers and friends respectively.

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The public messaging feature enables users to follow any of GupShup’s numerous communities or post messages to their own. The private messaging feature makes the whole address book active and reachable, unlike other messenger apps that can only reach users that have also downloaded the same app. Also, the app includes a rich collection of emoticons that allows users to express themselves in personalized ways.

Download the app here : Android, IOS, Blackberry

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WeChat Now Available On BlackBerry Platform

wechatWeChat, the free mobile voice and text messaging application of Tencent, launched in India in July last year across iPhone, Android, Symbian, and Windows platforms will now also be available for BlackBerry users. WeChat has now crossed 300 million registered users globally.

With its launch on BlackBerry platform, millions of BlackBerry users will now also be able to use WeChat. BlackBerry users in India can download the application for FREE from the BlackBerry App World.

WeChat for BlackBerry comes with the app’s core features like ‘push-to-talk’, Instant Messaging, Voice Messaging, Group Chat and Photo Sharing, and new features to be introduced along the way.

Some Key Features are:

  • Instant Messaging: Send and receive messages in real time across different mobile platforms including iOS, Android, Symbian, Windows Phone and BlackBerry
  • Voice Messaging: Simple one touch voice message delivery that does not require one to type for effortless communication with friends
  • Group Chat: Chat with up to 40 friends at the same time
  • Photo Sharing: Snap photos and share them directly with your friends or select photos from your album to share

Dennis Hau, Head of Product Center, International Business Group, Tencent said “With our new record growth of 300+ million user accounts globally, we are continuing with our mission to be accessible on more platforms. Now, we are delighted to announce the official launch of WeChat’s BlackBerry app.”

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Gaana.com Launches Mobile Apps For All Platforms

gaanaMusic streaming service Gaana.com has launched its mobile apps for all platforms including Android, iOS, BlackBerry and J2ME devices. The Gaana.com mobile apps aim to give music lovers access to millions of songs including Bollywood, Hollywood, Tamil, Telegu, and regional music on their mobile phones. These apps will enable music lovers to listen to the music of their choice anytime at any place.

The My Zone feature provides users with the ability to see their history, their favorite songs, playlists, albums and artists across your computer or mobile phone (automatically synced in real-time across all devices).

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The social integration feature helps users to see what their friends are listening to. With the radio mode feature, users can turn any song into a radio station automatically.

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TimesJobs.com Launches Career Play – A mobile Enabled Live Document

career-playTimesJobs.com has announced the launch of Career Play – a mobile-enabled live document. Through Career Play users can update every milestone or achievement in their career, right from their cellphone instantly. Users can easily update any career related information e.g. beginning a new project, learning a new skill, receiving a certification or an award, from their cellphone on Career Play in less than 2 minutes.

Some key features of Career Play are:

  • Interactive Career Timeline – a trendy way to glance through your career on an interactive timeline a color-coded chronological view of your career milestones.
  • Add various attributes like education, company, projects, new skills, achievements, etc. on the move, very fast.
  • Import your existing career profile from TimesJobs.com/LinkedIn/Facebook when you login using any of these accounts.
  • Easy to add and update any of your items.
  • Share your updated profile with anyone easily as a Career Play profile or a PDF resume.
  • Invite your most trusted colleagues and keep track of their career advancements, at a micro level, that is not available on any other platform
  • Seamless share your career highlights and profile with your friends and professionals
  • Privacy options in the application let you control what you allow others to see of your profile.

Demonstrating the app, Saurabh Goel, Head Mobility, TBSL, explained, “Career Play is an HTML5 based webapp which is compatible with iPhone, iPad, Android devices and blackberry devices. It runs well on screen resolutions above 240×320 and in portrait mode. As it’s a webapp, you don’t need to install anything – just point your mobile browser to www.mycareerplay.com and begin plotting your career on your timeline.”

 

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Times Internet Launches Alive App For iOS Devices

times-internetTimes Internet has launched Alive,an augumented reality app for iOS devices. To get the Alive app, users have to SMS ALIVE to 58888 or visit www.aliveapp.in

So how does the Alive app work? Alive uses the camera in your Smartphone/tablet to recognize images that can be scanned and return a response. That response could be anything from a simple web-link, video play, audio play or any other way of engagement!

Users have to open the Alive app, and hold it in camera mode about six inches above the images/news articles containing the Alive logo. Android and iOS phones scan the images automatically while Nokia and Blackberry users need to click options and then capture.

Users can share the videos they’ve viewed. They also have the option to pause, play and replay a video.

The Alive app is available on Android version 2.2 and above, iOS version 5.1 and above, Blackberry version 6.0 and above, Symbian version S60 and above.

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