Soon after I looked at a halal app on iPod Touch and published an article about it on January 9, 2013, Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) has released its first version of Halal Locator to operate on BlackBerry.
Curious to witness how it’d appear and work on my own device, I went to grab the Halal Locator app from BlackBerry World a few days ago.
The interface looked pretty simple to navigate and the app generally worked like its sibling on iPod Touch that I wrote about.
I had a choice to sign-in with Facebook, Twitter or skip sign-in.
The system identified halal-certified premises of within a 20-km radius of my location in a breeze.
Main features displayed on the app were Directory, News and a button named Authorized Body which contained info about international Islamic bodies recognized by Malaysia “as the Competent Halal Certification Bodies for products and services imported into Malaysia.” Not to mention Statistics was also viewable through the system.
I would have preferred a slightly larger text size on some of the pages. Or, a zoom-in option would be nice to have on the system. Nevertheless, trying out the small (490 kb) and yet free Halal Locator wasn’t difficult.
So, there you go.
By now, HDC’s halal app is already available on iOS, Symbian, Android and BlackBerry.
By Kam Hashim
Note: The author is not an employee of any of the companies mentioned in this article. He does not own any stocks or bonds in any of them at the time the article is published. This article was written based on personal experiences and observations.