Samsung mobile owners can now celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan with Samsung Noor, a fully-fledged section of the Samsung Apps Store aimed at providing a great variety of Islamic applications to help users make the best out of Ramadan.
The free-to-download Samsung Noor applications gives users of Samsung mobiles, such as the Galaxy S and Wave, access to many custom-developed regional applications, including a Hijri calendar and Prayer times in over 400 different cities.
â€œWhile we live in a very multicultural country, Samsung takes pride in providing its growing customer base with a variety of applications catered to their wants and needs,â€ said Sandeep Saihgal, general manager of mobile phones at Samsung Gulf Electronics. â€œRamadan is a very special month for people of all faiths and our Samsung Noor applications will help enlighten and enrich people during this holy month.â€
In addition to the â€œHijri Calendarâ€ and â€œPrayer Timesâ€, Samsung Noor includes the only â€œMobile Quranâ€ that is Al-Azhar certified, comprehensive explanations for the origins and benefits of Prayers, Tasbeehs and Sunnas using the â€œAl-Doaaâ€, â€œAl-Sebhaâ€ and â€œAl-Sunnaâ€ applications.
Users with online access through Wi-Fi or 3G can also use the Galaxy S and Waveâ€™s built-in RSS Reader with the â€œAl-Bayanâ€ application, a regional and Islamic RSS feed that keeps users updated with the latest Islamic and regional news.
â€œIn addition to the Islamic application, Samsung also developed a Ramadan-specific application, called â€˜Ramadaniatâ€™, which provides full descriptions of Ramadan activities like Seyam and Taraweeh, amongst many others,â€ explained Saihgal.
Additional applications that are part of the Samsung Noor package include â€œHajj and Umraâ€, which provides a daily Hajj guide and explanations of rituals and deeds, â€œTazkerahâ€, a notification service of when to recite Zikr and the benefits of each Zikr, â€œZakatyâ€, the interactive Zakah calculator accompanied by explanations and asnad, and â€œ99 Namesâ€, a beautiful graphic representation of the 99 Divine names with explanations of their meaning.
â€œSamsung has developed these applications with the aim of catering to the spiritual needs of our growing customer base well beyond the holy month of Ramadan, helping them sustain a healthy spiritual life that they can pay forward to family, friends and colleagues,â€ continued Saihgal.
The Androidâ„¢ -powered Galaxy S incorporates a 4-inchSuper AMOLED screen and a 1 GHz application processor that enables vibrant HD videos and rich augmented reality content through a variety of best-in-class services and technologies.
Samsung Wave is based on Samsungâ€™s new, open smartphone platform, bada, and is the cornerstone of the companyâ€™s commitment to â€˜smartphone democratization.â€™ The bada platform enables applications to fully utilize the powerful Wave hardware by providing various APIs for interactivity including UI elements, 3D Graphics, Flash, multipoint-touch, sensors and motion support.
Users of the full range of Samsung smartphones â€“ including the Galaxy S, Wave, Galaxy 550, Champ and more â€“ can download Samsung Noor applications directly onto their handsets through the built-in Samsung Apps Store. Users of the bada-powered Wave also have the option of transferring apps from their computer onto their handset. More information on Samsung Noor and Islamic applications can be found at http://www.samsungapps.com/ .