Consim Info has launched native apps for BlackBerry for its matrimony service BharatMatrimony and online real real estate service, IndiaProperty. The apps, available free of charge, can be downloaded from the BlackBerry App World, and offer access to the online services through an internet enabled BlackBerry mobile phone.

The BharatMatrimony Blackberry app allows users of the online service to login with their credentials, and access and respond to messages and interests from other members. The app lets users search for matrimonial proposals, filtering candidates through various search parameters. The app allows members to view the full details of the prospects along with their photo albums and horoscopes. They can also shoot photos using their BlackBerry device and upload them to their profile albums.

Our Take: Shaadi.com already offers a BlackBerry app with integrated push alerts for messages from prospects. We were not able to test this app, however the statement from the company or its description on App World does not indicate that it supports push alerts. Also, the app designers could have integrated BlackBerry Messenger functionality through the BBM social SDK.

  

The IndiaProperty Blackberry app features an augmented reality browser allowing users to use the phone camera to locate nearby properties and places of interest including educational institutions, places of worship, travel destinations and transportation facilities. The app allows users looking to buy or rent properties to search on the basis of various parameters including locality, built-up area and price-range.

   

A ‘locality search’ allows users to search for nearby properties based on the GPS coordinates. Users can also view photo galleries, property details like amenities, specs and floor maps as well as post an enquiry through Email/SMS or place a call to the builder.

Our Take: We like the fact that the app allows users to list properties for selling or to offer them on rental. The augmented reality browser sounds interesting, although a lot would depend on the accuracy of its mapping engine and GPS signal received by the device.