Update: We’ve received the following message from Vriti, regarding its educational app launch, stating that the app is only compatible with Funbook for the time being, and that based on our report, they’re updating the Google Play store to inform users of that. Their response:
“1. This is a limited launch on Android, with most features accessible only via Micromax Funbook. The limitation of features is purposeful, as we have exclusivity of certain features and content with Micromax.
2. We needed to upload the Google Play App store, to be able to upload newer versions of the application compatible with other tablets and mobile devices
Based on your current feedback, we are updating the Google Play store to inform users of the compatibility only with Funbook.”

Editors note: the headline of this post has been updated to indicate compatibility only with Funbook, and not “Android Tablets” as had earlier been claimed by the company.

Earlier today: Vriti, an e-learning company has launched VLearnSmart, an education platform that brings authors, distributors and students together to find, create and sell courses. VLearnSmart allows students to access more than 500 smart courses ranging from Class 1 to Degree courses for CBSE, ICSE, Maharashtra State Board and West Bengal State Board. It also provides preparatory material for Medical, Engineering and MBA exams. We tried the application, and it doesn’t work.

The app is available free of cost on multiple Android Tablet OEMs and can be downloaded from Google’s app store, Google Play. App users can then buy digital copies of course material from their smart digital course store. If a student does not have an Android tablet, they can opt for digital course with a tablet, in which case students are supplied with the recently launched Android Ice Cream Sandwich tablet; Micromax Funbook.

VLearnSmart gets its content from leading content brands like Pearson, Everonn, Toppers Tutorials, Career Point, MBD Alchemie, Topchalks, CyberLearning, Future Vista, Learning Mantraa, Children Book Choice, GK Publishers, Scholars’ Hub, Vidyalankar, Universal Tutorials, CAPS Education, Zion Tutorials and many more. The content is bundled up in a smart quality study material, videos, multimedia, tests, and assessment from leading content brands. Students can also take tests, analyse progress and participate in community.

Half Baked (please check the update above)

When we checked the app on our Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000, it didn’t come with any trial study material nor did it come with intructions or link to download the digital courses from with-in the app. The app also doesn’t seem to work Smartphones when tested on HTC Desire Z.

The digital course section is also incomplete with only Engineering entrance exam and CBSE course material available and single course material for Commerce students. So even if Vriti claims that they provide course material for wide range of instituitions, it doesn’t.

Competition

Though there’s no direct competitor to Vriti’s VLearnSmart app which brings learning material from a variety of institutions, there’s an Android app from SOLARO India which personalizes learning app for students studying in CBSE / NCERT, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu State Syllabus. Minglebox also provides Android apps for CAT/MAT/XAT and AIEEE entrance exams.

Then there are educational tablets out there in the market from HCL, Wishtel.