LG packs Qiblah indicator into mobile phone

The G5300 Qiblah phone uses a compass or inbuilt longitude and latitude orientation or city references to indicate the direction of Mecca.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  September 7, 2003

LG Electronics has packed a compass into its G5300 Qiblah phone, to ensure that Muslims can always find North and so pray to Mecca.

The Qiblah indicator also uses an inbuilt longitude and latitude orientation or city references that when combined with a comparison to magnetic north, indicates the direction of Mecca.

“Localisation of products is always at the forefront of research and development on LG products,” says PC Choi, President, LG Electronics Gulf FZE.

“This is possibly the most exciting ‘localisation’ of a product that LG has undertaken because of the implications of the Qiblah indicator. No matter where the faithful are at the call to prayer, they will be able to easily identify the direction of Mecca,” he adds.

The addition of the G5300 Qiblah follows the launch of five other mobile handsets in the region. “The wave of new mobile handsets LG has introduced adds greater depth to its range of handsets,” says Choi.

“But at the end of the day, we have to ensure the functionality of our products suit the sector they are intended for and LG will strive to bring more innovations like the Qiblah phone to the Middle East market,” he adds.

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