Research in Motion (RIM) in coordination with telecom operator Vodafone and entrance test preparation firm IMS has launched a test preparation application called Study Buddy for BlackBerry devices. The app, developed by Pune-based company OmniBridge Systems, is aimed at promoting BlackBerry phones among youth in the country.
The Study Buddy app is available for download for BlackBerry smartphones on Vodafone network from the BlackBerry App World for free. To use the app, users will however need to activate a data access plan that costs up to Rs. 599 a month.
The app mainly has modules for CAT and MAT preparation and about 5,000 test papers are available for free download. The app randomly streams the questions to the phone when the app is used. The app will soon have study materials for other competitive examinations such as ISEET, NEET, GATE and Bank PO.
Other features of the application includes in-app communication facility to chat with students on BBM, level-based questionnaire, test scores and different difficulty levels. To know more about the Study Buddy app, click here.
Announcing the launch of the new application, RIM India's Managing Director Sunil Dutt is quoted as saying, “Using your phone while studying was traditionally viewed as counter-productive, but today mobile technology empowers students. We see students using their phones to upload homework, answers of tough questions, or help out other students. Smartphones have moved beyond being a fad and are adding value to the lives of users; education is one way."
Of late a number of education-based applications have been launched. Recently Splashgain Technologies (ST), a software firm, released an Android application called ePravesh to make it easier to find news/information such as admission details, entrance examinations and course details of different schools, colleges or universities.
A recent study showed that the Indian youth is now spending more time with their phones than the regulator sources of information such as TVs and newspapers. Of late we've seen companies launching devices loaded with educational content. Micromax's Funbook and its forthcoming Funbook Pro are the most recent examples. Intel had also launched its Studybook tablet PC.
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