By Andy Sambidge
New BlackBerry App World offering calculates prayer times and direction of the Qibla
asgatech, a member of Egypt's Teqneyat Group on Sunday announced it had launched a Call To Pray application, on BlackBerry App World.
The new app uses a BlackBerry smartphone's GPS to calculate prayer times and the direction of the Qibla based on the user's location.
It also provides access to a collection of morning and evening Azkar with a distinctive Hijri calendar.
"We are excited to launch the Call To Pray application for the BlackBerry community," said Mohamed Essawi, vice president of asgatech.
"This new and exciting product will help Muslims stay in touch and connected with what is important to them in today's fast moving world."
Mike Al Mefleh, director of Product Management, Research In Motion (RIM) Middle East, added: "We are pleased to have assisted asgatech to deliver an application that is optimized to work with BlackBerry smartphones.
"We look forward to continue working with developers in the Middle East to drive innovation and industry growth, and to establish a wide range of local apps for the BlackBerry App World store."
The new app can calculate prayer times for 1,000 cities in 200 countries and shares prayer times via SMS, email, Facebook and BlackBerry Messenger.
It also provides alerts up to 30 minutes before prayer time.
The application is available in Arabic and English for all BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry 5.0 or higher, the company said.
Teqneyat Group is specialised in developing and delivering mobile solutions and applications.
Earlier on Sunday, RIM announced that the BlackBerry App World service had launched in the UAE, joining Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan, Bahrain and Lebanon.
I developed this application 3 years back for my BB. It does everything except Qibla. It calculates prayer call for 21000 cities and also gives an opportunity to use GPS to select your city. But at that time I built it for BB 4.0.
Lesson Learned: If you don't exploit your own knowledge and opportunity, then someone else will make good use of it, very well.