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BlackBerry yesterday officially launched its next-generation platform to Nigerian customers with the sleek Z10 smartphone, which is now available in black and white from carriers Etisalat, Glo, Airtel and MTN Nigeria and at authorized retail outlets through distributors EMS and Brightstar.

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The press statement issued at the event says the BlackBerry World storefront currently includes over 70,000 BlackBerry 10 apps. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Foursquare apps for BlackBerry 10 are preinstalled, and BlackBerry 10 customers have access to other leading applications from across the globe – with many more to come.  Local applications available in BlackBerry World include entertainment apps, financial tools, job-search aids, and mobile money, amongst others.

The BlackBerry 10 platform is robust and reliable, with an intuitive, gesture-based interface that is designed to learn, support, and adapt to the way that the user works, thus providing a truly unique user experience.  The recently-launched BlackBerry Z10 utilizes this platform to deliver a faster, smarter experience that enables the user to keep moving in an ever-changing environment.  To support these adaptive features, BlackBerry has partnered with Nigerian developers to build a range of applications specifically for the Nigerian user.

BlackBerry has partnered with a number of Nigerian application developers to ensure a wide selection of top Nigerian brands and mobile apps are available on the all new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone, powered by BlackBerry10.

“We are proud to see Nigeria’s innovative developer community get behind the BlackBerry 10 platform, with more than 250 local apps now available and many more coming,” said Waldi Wepener, Managing Director for BlackBerry. “Having locally relevant and available content ensures delivery of a completely unique user experience while also enriching the Nigerian developer ecosystem on the BlackBerry 10 platform. We are committed to continuing to work closely with the Nigerian developer community to further enhance the local content available across our products.”

Some of the Nigerian applications available at launch include:

•       EssentialApp: A free lifestyle content app that provides access to everyday information needed in Nigeria.  It gives customers access to a search-based business directory backed by 100,000 listed businesses and links to useful Nigerian websites for news, sports and events. The EssentialApp also provides flight times at nearby airports, movie schedules, forex rates and more.

 

•       Ready Cash Mobile Money: CBN licensed mobile money service, which allows easy access to financial services provided through a large network of agents. Customers can use the ReadyCash app to send and receive money using only a phone number, transfer funds to bank accounts, and pay utility bills and for goods and services at merchant locations.

 

•       Jobs In Nigeria: A job-finding app that connects job seekers to employers in Nigeria. The app lists jobs from various sources and also allows employers to post jobs and search for candidates.  It was created to serve the needs of graduates with smartphones, as well as employed professionals looking to change their jobs.

 

•       Nigeria Stock Market Report: A free app that allows you to see the daily data, news and analysis of the stocks traded on the Nigerian Stock Exchange Market.

Other Nigerian apps available in BlackBerry World include: Afrinolly, Figgi Cinemas, The Punch, Nigeria News, Scholarship Tips, Complete Sports News, Nigeria Hospitals, Nigerian Breaking News, Update on Crime & Justice, Your Vehicle Clinic, and Comedy and Humor.

Kenneth Omeruo
Omeruo Ndukaku Kenneth is an Innovation Management expert,the CEO of Emerging Media,a new media company.He is a member of ISPIM - International Society for Professional Innovation Management and the US-Africa chamber of Commerce.He is the Founder of TechTrends Nigeria Blog,Nigeria Innovation Summit and the African Innovation Academy.Kenneth is a highly sought-after Internet Marketing Consultant who has through his seminars, articles, training and consulting, helped many organizations, Individuals, Businesses maximize the Internet for business purposes.Kenneth has also being featured as a guest on the TV show TODAY ON STV Nigeria and on Bloomberg Africa TV.He is the author of the best –selling Internet Book: How To Create Unlimited Internet Wealth. He is a syndicated columnist with the following Newspapers in Nigeria: Daily Independent, Financial Standard, PUNCH, BusinessDay, and Sun.Kenneth organises the EduNet Conference for Universities in Nigeria. Kenneth is a member of Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria( ISPON ) Roundtable For Capacity Development in Nigeria,member pre-selection committee for Nigeria at the UN World Summit Awards,a Panelist for Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria(YouWIN)-a Federal government initiative created by the ministry of finance,supported by ministries of Communications Technology,Youth Development,Worldbank and DFID. A 2013 Judge at the Google Cloud Developers Challenge for Sub Saharan Africa.He has been a contributing editor of Nigeria Communications Week,Africa Telecom and IT Business Magazine,ICT Today magazine,M2 magazine.Kenneth has been invited to the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Forum, Oracle Open World Conference USA, Oracle Cloud World Dubai, and GITEX Dubai. He now lives in New York with his family and presently working on an Open Innovation project for Nigeria. You can contact Kenneth through email: (kenneth (at)techtrendsng.com) Facebook:www.facebook.com/Kenneth.omeruo On Twitter:www.twitter.com/kennethomeruo Skpe:Kenneth.Omeruo

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  1. Layla,did you enter for any promo of blackberry?also nobody pays money when you win a promo.All points to the fact that this is fraudulent so disregard such.

  2. someone from Nigeria informed me that i have won the Blackberry Promo 2012, he asked me to pay money for delivery the promo to my country , i do not know if this winning is real or not ? how can i be sure of this . Please help me to know the truth on facebook , my name Layla Alhmoud, or send me email on my address laylaalhmoud@yahoo.com
    thank you , Regards.

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