Weekly Wrap-up: Reliance Jio 4G, IoT OS, Google Chromebooks, UC Browser Leaks & More…


Here we are start of yet another week, but before we move forward, here is quick wrap-up of the posts published on Trak.in last week. If you were offline for any reason, this is a great way to catch up with all the tech buzz in India!

Weekly Wrap-up of Tech, Mobile & Startups

The good news is that not all ecommerce portals in India are not emulating Flipkart and Myntra; and the top three portals have openly come out and assured all their customers that their desktop version will exist peacefully, along with mobile.

Reliance Jio, led by Mukesh Ambani is all set to reenter the Indian telecom market, and this time, they have planned another mass inclusion scheme: 4G devices costing only $30 or Rs 1800-2000.

According to a WSJ report, Google is planning to introduce product buy buttons directly into their search engine result pages in coming weeks. This new feature is not limited to just showing the buy button, but will also allow user to complete the transaction on Google itself, including accepting the payment for the product.

Understanding the major gap in knowledge and passion, Rudrajeet Desai, an entrepreneur and founder of a VC backed startup decided to provide firsthand experience and knowledge of his journey via a book: Breaking Out and Making Big.

To discourage online purchases, LG and Videocon are planning to stop offering in-warranty free support services for products that are bought through online ecommerce stores like Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon.

Google has partnered with 2 Indian brands – Xolo and relatively unknown Nexian – to launch 2 budget Chromebooks priced Rs. 13,999 and Rs. 12,999 respectively.

Mobile phones subscribers in India will now be able to dial any STD number without the need to prefix either ‘0’ or ‘+91’. This is also a step forward in implementation of Nation-wide MNP.

Leading Indian handset manufacturer Micromax has announced partnership with Mumbai based MoFirst solutions, the company that provides local language translation and transliteration services as well regional app store that has over 5000 apps in Hindi

Rahul Yadav, CEO of fledging real estate startup Housing.com, has been surrounded by controversies over past few weeks. Earlier last week he did a AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit. Many people were looking forward to this AMA as many were expecting it to be as controversial as the previous ones.

IIT Kharagpur has become country’s first institution to provide a course on ‘Make in India’ vision initiated by PM Modi and supported by the Indian Govt.

MTNL, which provides telecommunication services in Mumbai and New Delhi, has come out strongly against Internet.org project and Airtel Zero scheme, terming them against Net Neutrality principles.

Looks like, the fight between offline and online retailers is not going to end any time soon. Retailers Association of India, who has large organized offline retailers like Future Group, Shopper’s stop and Reliance Retail as their members have now moved the Delhi High court against Indian Government

Google Fiber may soon make it’s India Debut with Telangana state. On his recent visit to the U.S., Telangana’s IT minister KT Rama Rao had requested Google to send a team to India for examining the feasibility of their high-speed fiber broadband services in Telangana.

Google, the search engine giant is coming up with something new. Google is reportedly said to reveal the new photo sharing platform by the end of this month.

India’s largest bank State Bank of India (SBI) has decided to embrace eCommerce in a big way. Signifying that they are now going full throttle into this new, digital economy, SBI has announced their partnership with Amazon for providing payment and commerce solutions.

As per the research conducted till 45 matches of this session, women viewership of IPL has increased to an all time high of 36%. Overall, IPL 8 has attracted 18.2 crore viewers till now, which is again one of the highest viewership stats Indian television has ever seen.

Google has launched a new Chrome extension called Google Tone that brings you a new way to share or broadcast your urls to nearby computers.

On occasion of their tenth anniversary, Youtube wants to pay homage to greatest brand Ads on Youtube. Here is the leaderboard of 20 most popular Youtube ads, and want you to choose the best of them!

Huawei’s IoT OS- LiteOS is just 10 KB in size and holds the potential to power the IoT. Huawei has been clear in mentioning that this LiteOS won’t be competing against the likes of full-fledged mobile operating systems like Android and iOS

Last week we had the blackest days for Indian corporate sector when a young Muslim candidate from Mumbai was denied a job, only because of this religion.

Entrepreneurship and Start-up culture in India received a major boost last week, when SEBI roped in Narayana Murthy to head an 18 member panel which will oversee the implementation of ‘Alternate Investment Funds’ program.

IRCTC seems to have got quite aggressive over past few months. After their recent partnership with Paytm, they have now partnered with MyDala.com, a startup that provides deals and offers across various categories.

Today, a news broke out that Maharashtra will be the first Indian state where Foxconn will be setting up it’s production factory for the Apple products. Your next iPhone may be manufactured in Maharashtra rather than China

The Department of Electronics and IT (DeitY) in India now wants all mobile phones sold in India to have built-in iris scanners. DeitY is currently holding discussions with its stakeholders, post that it would force all brands selling phones to include iris scanner in each and every phone that it would be sold in India.

UC Browser, which is right now India’s most popular mobile browser is leaking user’s data to a Chinese server. Owned by Alibaba, UC Browser has more than 500 million users in China and India!

When it comes to Internet usage in India, we are still a male dominated society. As per a Google report on the usage of technology and Internet among Indian women, it was found that 49% of the surveyed women couldn’t find any need to access Internet. And nearly 70% of all Internet users are males.

Huawei had recently unveiled its 10 KB light IoT OS- LiteOS which can run on almost anything connected to the internet. And now, Google has revealed its plan to launch its own version of Internet of Things (IoT) OS dubbed Brillo,

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