Smart Services recognized in 1st PinoyBBDev Challenge 2011-A A +A
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
A USER-friendly application or app that allows smartphone users to subscribe to Smart services without memorizing keywords recently gained top honors at the first-ever ‘PinoyBBDev Challenge 2011’.
The winning app, named Smart Services, stood out among 13 entries to the competition organized by the Philippine BlackBerry Developer Group (PinoyBBdev), the only Research In Motion (RIM)-sanctioned developer community in the Philippines.
Randolph Valencia, a 26-year old developer from Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), created the app, which is now available for free download from the BlackBerry App World.
Scoring high for its uniqueness, relevance to potential users, and “sharability,” the app emphasized an easier way for BlackBerry users to browse and choose among various Smart services without having to input subscription keywords, and the ability to share them with their BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) contacts.
“We are very proud that we have in our team these young and driven local developers who continue to find ways to create relevant and delightful experiences for Smart subscribers,” said Orlando Vea, co-founder and chief wireless advisor of Smart.
Over the past few years, Smart has been actively engaging Filipino developers on various fronts. Banking on the imagination and creativity of the ‘data generation’ (the successor of the ‘text generation’), Smart sees only great potential in the development of apps in the local landscape, the company said in a press statement.
“The growth of the number of apps available for smartphones, and the number of hits or downloads they get have been simply phenomenal. Smart is in a unique and pivotal position to encourage both the development and consumption of locally-relevant apps – at the same time as we make data connectivity more pervasive in the country, and make connected devices more widely available,” said Vea.
Valencia’s team’s winning entry to PinoyBBDev Challenge 2011 is now one of over 70,000 apps available for download from the BlackBerry App World, which has seen over two billion app downloads, at about 6 million downloads per day, or 177 million app downloads every month.
To encourage Filipino and Philippine-based developers to take advantage of opportunities in this space, the group PinoyBBdev organized the competition to discover more local apps for RIM’s BlackBerry smartphones or BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.
Other PinoyBBDev Challenge 2011 winning apps are ‘Dama’ by John Bibal III, a BlackBerry PlayBook game based on the Filipino checkboard game of the same name; and ‘BuddyBump (Beta)’ by Frytz Razal, which is a new way for users to socialize using Near Field Communication.
“In the hands of Filipino developers, the possibilities are virtually endless. With these apps, using smartphones no longer means just mobile Web browsing and communication. Apps can be developed and used for a myriad of other beneficial services like in education, health care, disaster preparedness, among others, and allow mobile users to live more by becoming more informed, entertained, and productive, ” Vea said.
A team from wholly-owned Smart subsidiary Chikka, Inc. also recently won the Asian leg of the Facebook Hackathon in Singapore. The group created an iPhone app which enables users to post audio messages onto their Facebook homepage. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 05, 2012.