Weekly Wrap-Up: Pan India MNP, Amazon Fire Phone, Crowdfunding Norms, Xiaomi Entry & More


Here is a quick wrap-up of the posts that we published on trak.in last week.

Trak.in weekly news wrap-up

The Telecom Commission of India, the highest decision-making body in the telecom department, gave in-principle approval to much awaited Pan India inter-circle Mobile Number portability. This is yet another positive news for Indian mobile users.

Flipkart is gearing up to launch its own DigiFlip branded tablets; why don’t you take a minute to digest that. DigiFip, the electronics brand launched in 2012, currently sells a range of computer and electronic accessories such as speakers, pen drives, headphones, etc.

Micromax has unveiled 2 new Windows 8.1 OS based mobile smartphones – Canvas Win W121 and Canvas Win W092 – that are attractively priced at Rs. 9.5k and Rs. 6.5 respectively.

Google has updated their Translate app yesterday and this update brings Phonetic input support for 8 Indian languages of Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu. We tested out this new update on our Nexus 7 tablet running 4.4.2 version, and interestingly we could not get it to work properly.

Looks like Flipkart is deliberately delaying the shipping to regular customers and in our view, the reason seems to be Flipkart wants to push their paid premium service Flipkart First!

With 3 lakh employees and with plans to hire even more in 2014-15, TCS is all set to take the number 2 spot. At present. HP (Helwett-Packard) and IBM hold the number 2 and number 1 spots respectively.

American Swan, an Indian Fashion and Lifestyle brand, has gone beyond arranging contest or offering coupons on Twitter and Facebook. They have come up with a Twitter only store where Tweeples in India can buy their fashion and lifestyle products by using tweets as currency.

India’s largest online movie ticketing and event booking site, BookMyShow.com has raised Rs. 150 crore from SAIF partners which values the company at Rs. 1000 Crore (approx USD 167 million)

While trade pundits were expecting Xiaomi to make a bombastic entry in India around Diwali, it seems like Xiaomi has preponed its plans and will begin selling handsets much earlier!

SEBI has released a consultation paper that aims to bring clarity on how startups and SME’s can raise funds through crowdfunding in India.

The much awaited, the much rumoured and the much talked about Amazon’s new 3D phone is out! It called the Fire phone, and from what we can gather, there are a lot of things to talk about. Here is a lowdown

Out of 162 countries, India has been ranked a lowly 143 in terms of peace index. The research: “Vision of Humanity” was done by Institute of Economics & Peace which tried to measure national peacefulness based on several quantitative and qualitative parameters.

Housing.com, the much talked about map-based online real estate portal started by 12 IITians has raised their third round of funding of Rs. 115 Crore (approx USD 19.1 million) from Helion Venture Partners, Nexus Venture Partners and Qualcomm Ventures.

Flipkart has decided to go full throttle in reaching out and helping small and medium scale Businesses (SMEs). In a major step towards complete empowerment of SMEs in India, Flipkart has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Federation of Indian Micro and Small and Medium Enterprises (FISME).

According to CMR’s quarterly tablet PC market review for the Indian sub-continent is out for Q1 2014, nearly 0.75 million tablets were shipped across the country which is 27.7% QoQ decline, and a 17.5% YoY decline.

Here are the priorities as set our by Ministry of Communications and IT: To provide Broadband Connectivity To 2.5L Villages, Converting India into a Electronic Manufacturing Hub & revival of BSNL & MTNL!

Connaught Place in New Delhi is World’s 8th and India’s most expensive office location as of June, 2014. World’s most expensive office location is still London’s posh West End area while Hong Kong’s Central is at #2 and Beijing’s Finance Street is at #3 rank.

Right now, $43 billion or Rs 2,58,000 crore worth of real estate transactions in India are being directly influenced by the Internet according to a Google-Zinnov survey

EMC contacted 15,000 Internet users from 15 countries in order to correctly predict the inter relation between privacy and convenience and India has ranked #1 among all 15 countries when it comes to trading privacy with convenience.

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