Ramadhan starts today, and to mark the occasion Bitsmedia, a Singapore-based mobile application developer, has launched Muslim Pro 5.0 for iPhone yesterday. The updated Muslim Pro app offers more user-friendly navigation and other new features compared to the version we tested out last year. Here are the core features of the app:
- Accurate prayer times and fasting times indicator
- Qibla locator (Mecca compass)
- The Holy Quran in five languages (including phonetics and audio recitations)
- Hijri calendar of Islamic holy dates
- Foursquare API integration to locate nearby halal restaurants and mosques
- Greeting cards
- The 99 names of the prophet
The app’s stats have grown impressively from last year. Bitsmedia founder Erwan Macé tells us that the app has gone from 850,000 unique downloads at that point to its current milestone of two million downloads. The Android version released 15 months ago on Google Play has gotten great feedback from its users with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars at the time of writing, from a total of more than 10,000 votes. Bitsmedia hopes to release Muslim Pro 2.0 for Android with the next few months to put it on par with the current iPhone app.
The app is free to download. But there is a paid-for version that removes ads and offers additional features and content. One such paid extra is a widget that helps users note the next prayer and fasting time during the month of Ramadhan. Erwan Macé states:
This is the ideal mobile application for all Muslims around the world. It gives every Muslim iPhone and Android user a handy pocket-sized ‘personal assistant’ that reminds them of all the important times, such as when to start and break fast. It also provides a Quran and compass within easy reach. Our aim is for Muslim Pro to be the go-to application for Muslims so that they can get useful and accurate information in a well-designed and easy to use interface.
Muslim Pro is one of the many Muslim-themed apps we’ve seen recently. There are also other apps and services focusing on the Muslim need from all over the world, such as India’s Islamic phones, Indonesia’s Urbanesia Ramadhan app, and Canada’s iPray. Seeing the healthy growth Muslim Pro receives, we can definitely expect more developers jumping into the same market in near future.
Get the Muslim Pro app for iOS or Android via the links on its homepage. Below are the screenshots of the updated app: