Weekly Wrap-Up: BabyOye & JustEat Acquisition, Google Twitter Deal & More…


Here is a quick wrap-up of all the posts we published on trak.in last week. If you were offline for some reason, this is a great way to catch-up with everything in Indian Tech-Mob-Online space!

Trak.in weekly news wrap-up

Google Now, one of the key features of Google Android OS is getting a huge upgrade and it promises to make Now Cards central to your Android Smartphone experience with support of over 40 third party apps.

While 3G remains a distant dream for most smaller Indian cities, the world is moving towards 5G. Here is a sneak peak at what 5G may offer us – a speed of 10GBPS or even more!

Department of consumer affairs has presented a proposal for final consideration in front of Committee of Secretaries (CoS) that could bring ecommerce under the purview of up to nine government departments.

A number of big business houses in India are planning to enter Indian payment banking sector. After Bharti Airtel, Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd, Vakrangee Ltd, Future Group and Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) also followed suit.

According to recent TRAI report major telcos Vodafone, Idea, Tata & BSNL Have The Most Unsatisfied Postpaid Customers. They were found to have maximum amount of billing discrepancies!

OnePlus clocked $300+ million revenue, one can guess that they have sold roughly 850,000 to 950,000 phones, and 7% revenue from India means around 60k to 65k phones in India

For the first time, IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) is offering the CoD or Cash-on-Delivery option for railway tickets that have been booked online.

Uber Cabs, the US based taxi service Uber is now looking forward to strengthening its hold in the organized taxi service business in India with acquisition of Taxi For Sure!

Micromax has increased its lead over Samsung and remains the Top Smartphone company in India. Android has become the first operating system ever to ship one billion smartphones, globally.

Mahindra Group has acquired BabyOye.com, for an undisclosed sum. Anand Mahindra, Chairman and Managing Director of Mahindra Group announced the acquisition of BabyOye on Twitter.

Maharashtra Government has announced that they plan to use Microsoft’s Azure Cloud to store citizen data under Digital locker scheme. This is probably the first time that citizen’s private data will be stored on third party Cloud servers.

According to Cisco’s ‘VNI Global Data Traffic Forecast’ report, Indian will have 651 million smartphone users by 2019. The growth in smartphones is going to lead to significant rise in mobile data usage and will grow 13-fold in next 5 years.

Facebook has updated certain sections of their policy, which will allow them to track activity of users everywhere on internet, whichever site they are visiting.

As per the Opera mobile ad report, Apple’s iOS is world’s most advertisement revenue generating mobile operating system, while Android OS drives maximum traffic. 62.69% of all ads served on Opera’s network were on Android OS and 27.18% were on Apple’s iOS

After a lot of mum on the matter, the Indian Army has finally decided to go 100% digital for all of their work. Once digital, everything will be moved to a secure cloud which will be accessible to all permitted officers in real-time.

Google has struck a deal with Twitter. The search engine’s query results will soon display user content from the micro-blogging site and it will be shown in real time.

India has beaten Russia in creating billionaires. As per Hurun, India is now placed at #3 rank in the list of nations with most billionaires, only behind USA and China.

HDFC Bank has officially launched a mobile based money transfer platform enabled by a third party app: Chillr, using which their customers can send money to any of their phonebook contacts instantly.

The grapevine has it that the startup landscape is up for some great tax reliefs. The Union government proposes to cut the excise duty and service tax for startups for a certain justifiable period.

Foodpanda has acquired India’s JusEat. In the PR released today where Rocket Internet made announcement about Global Online Takeaway Group, they also announced JustEat Acquisition.

Indian startup 3D-ing has a very affordable 3D printer called Fab X. According to them, FabX is the most affordable Professionally built Desktop 3D Printer made in India.

Powered by Reliance Jio network, Kolkata has become the first Indian city to have 100% WiFi connectivity on 4G speed. Right now the service has been launched at the few places, and will extend to whole city in 2 months.

Indian Affiliate marketing ecosystem has grown tremendously over past few years. Here is a primer on how it has affected various businesses, web publishers and brands

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