Gupshup 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.
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
BlackBerry users will soon be able to make free voice calls over a Wi-Fi network using the popular BBM messaging service.
Research In Motion Ltd. announced Wednesday that it’s adding the feature to BBM. Users will be able to switch back and forth from a text chat to a voice call. A split-screen option will let them talk and text at the same time.
The new feature is a free update for existing customers and comes months before RIM introduces its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones, which are seen critical to RIM’s survival.
BBM voice feature is especially attractive for developing markets. Unlike regular texts, BBM messages are not charged on a per-text basis.The new feature is compatible with Bluetooth or wired headsets, as well as any other accessories a user may already have for making voice calls.
Although RIM is struggling in North America, the BlackBerry continues to sell well in such markets as South Africa, Nigeria and Indonesia.
The BBM service has long been a reason for BlackBerry users to not defect to other smartphones but there are rival messaging services.
RIM said the BBM voice update is currently available for BlackBerry smartphones running the BlackBerry 6 operating system or higher, with plans for BlackBerry 5 later. RIM’s latest phones run the 7 operating system. The next version, BlackBerry 10, will come soon after a Jan 30 launch event.
On Thursday, RIM (Research In Motion) launched a mobile version of its PlayBook tablet in Canada. David Smith, executive vice president for mobile computing, said,” We’re excited to bring customers the first BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with support for 4G LTE networks. The new 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook offers a broad range of premium features, including a stunning seven-inch display, front and rear facing HD video cameras… it also offers premium performance on high speed cellular networks, helping customers to be more productive than ever and to make the most of their time on the go.”
Featuring the latest BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2 software, the new 4G LTE BlackBerry Playbook weighs only 425g and maintains a sleek form (194x130X10). It boasts of a 7″ LCD display, 1024×600 screen resolution, a Multi-touch, capacitive touch screen, WSVGA. It has a 1 GHz dual core processor, 1 GB RAM, 3 MP HD forward-facing camera and a 5 MP HD rear-facing camera. It also comes with 32GB of storage that users can use for photos, videos, music, documents, and more.
Since it has built in support for cellular networks, users donot have to be within range of Wi-Fi to experience the web, check email, or download the latest apps. Users have to simply purchase a Micro SIM card and data plan from their wireless service provider to stay connected wherever they have mobile coverage.
Canada is the first country to launch the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, and additional models supporting various high speed cellular networks are expected to be available in the coming months from carriers in the US, Europe, South Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
NDTV, India’s premier News TV Channel and portal have also launched various mobile apps on the most popular platforms. They are NDTV Android, NDTV Blackberry, NDTV Windows 7,NDTV Slate, NDTV Play, NDTV Facebook App and NDTV iPad. The concept is simple, getting the news right there on your device, in a format that’s far more accessible on the go.
The applications feature stories, Breaking News and Videos live from the NDTV studios in India . Award-winning journalists and technology combine to report on Politics, Business, Cricket and Bollywood.
The application also connects the user to NDTV Social – where users can talk directly to anchors and reports. Users can also shoot and upload their stories to NDTV directly using the iWitness feature in the application.
With NDTV Play, the users can play video right from their desktop — without opening a new browser window for Mac and Windows. The desktop client can be used to search for videos or browse through media by category and create playlists that to view, edit and delete. The users can share their playlists with friends and the world over the Internet.
How to Download the NDTV Apps :
NDTV IPad App
NDTV Android App
NDTV IPhone App
NDTV Windows Phone 7
NDTV Windows Slate
NDTV Play for Desktop
NDTV Blackberry App
NDTV Facebook App
According to data from Drippler, a self-described gadget news aggregator, only 25 percent of BlackBerry owners have another BlackBerry on their smartphone wish list. The other 75 percent want out of the RIM ecosystem and most of them want either an Android device or iPhone.
Drippler tapped into its database of information regarding what phones users currently possess and which phone they are looking to buy next. With over one million users and 600,000 Android app downloads, Drippler can get a pretty decent idea of the general consensus of smartphone users.
Oh, RIM. Just when a light was starting to shine at the end of its very dark tunnel, we’re slammed with this report. RIM has made one mistake after another in the past year or so — employees have even seemingly attempted to drink their problems away. RIM debuted BlackBerry OS 7.1 at CES 2012 and is expected to unveil a promising new update for the BlackBerry PlayBook at Mobile World Congress, so the company is clearly banking on a turnaround this year.
Zomato is an online food guide, restaurant directory and menu-pages website for anyone who is looking to either dine out or order food. Currently operational in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune and Bangalore, Zomato lists menus, ratings and contact details for all restaurants listed and reviews (both editor and user) & discounts for a large percentage of these. Latest addition to Zomato has been the launch of Chennai section of the website with ~750 menus and focus on user reviews for restaurants which showcases the collective opinion of a large number of foodies rather than that of a single person (the editor).
Zomato was started in July 2008 by Deepinder Goyal and Pankaj Chaddah, both alumnus of IIT Delhi and Bain, as a part time hobby with only 500 restaurant listings in Delhi NCR. The intention was to provide the people of Delhi NCR with as much information as possible about the food that they were about to order. So the site started with complete menus and contact information for the most popular take-out/delivery places in town. As the website got popular, the team added more content and now have 2200 restaurants in Delhi NCR listed on the website ranging from the swankiest restaurant to the desiest dhabas in town.
Zomato is available on Iphone/Ipod Touch/IPad, Android Market & Blackberry, an app that includes almost all major functionalities of the website (Zomato.com) and that recommends you the best restaurants around your current location.
It’s an app that enables users to call a restaurant from within the application without saving it’s contact number somewhere. So it’s true that not only the world but also good food is coming closer to you.
I have used the Iphone app a number of times to find restaurants in Gurgaon and Delhi and so far the experience has been very good. A must have app for all you Foodie lovers out there in India.
At RIM’s annual Blackberry World last week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced on stage a new alliance between Microsoft and Research in Motion.
Blackberry devices will now use Bing as the preferred search provider in the browser, and Bing will be the default search and map application for new devices presented to mobile operators, internationally.
Bing is also now shipping as the default search experience, and map app, for the newly released BlackBerry Playbook.
This move is likely to signal the end of Blackberry Maps, the proprietary mapping application developed by RIM.