Weekly Wrap-Up: Android Marshmallow, Uber-Airtel Partnership, Rupay Debit Cards & More…


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It’s Monday morning and time to do a quick wrap-up of 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!

As the message of ‘Digital India’ is being penetrated deep into the psyche of Indians, the trend of using ‘money apps’ is slowly but gradually picking up. The market is now flooded with several digital wallets, online money transfer apps which makes the whole fashion of going to bank branches obsolete.

Windows 10 is the first ever version of Windows where Microsoft is pitching its marquee operating system as a service instead of a standalone software product.

Due to their impeccable track record in implementing Digital India vision, Kerala has achieved the distinction of becoming India’s first 100% Digital state.

India’s largest state owned bank State Bank of India is launching it’s own mobile wallet called State Bank Buddy. The buddy app allows you to send money, receive money, shop online, transfer funds among other things.

MakeMyTrip has now launched India’s first vernacular rail booking app in five languages– Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malyalam and Gujarati in addition to support of English Language.

The new proposal of the Delhi Government called the ‘City Taxi Scheme’ is opening up a larger door for mobile app-based taxi aggregators Like Ola, Uber to come under the legal framework and register themselves for continuing operations in the national capital.

ICICI Bank has launched India’s first locker facility powered by robotic technology. Christened as ‘Smart Vault’, this new service was formally inaugurated by Chanda Kochhar, MD & CEO of ICICI Bank.

Google has revealed the latest Android 6.0 as Android Marshmallow. This version supersedes Android Lollipop, which was a Android’s biggest update till date.

Infosys has launched a mobile app called ‘Zero Bench’, designed just like Uber, which will empower their benched employees to look out for work, and in turn their management will be aware of the exact human resource position which will enable them to take smart decisions.

It is now Lenovo’s turn to be enchanted by ‘Make in India’ vision. As per reports coming in, they have commissioned Flex to manufacture smartphones at their Sriperumbudur factory near Chennai.

MobiKwik has now partnered with StoreKing, which is a Bengaluru-based e-commerce startup. It uses vernacular languages to introduce millions of villagers to the world of online shopping.

In a new push for assisting startups and SMEs, Govt. has launched India Aspiration Fund and Make in India Loan Program with a combined budget allocated of Rs 12,000 crore.

Both Facebook and Google have introduced some major changes to their products, aimed at higher engagement and more usage. Facebook has revamped their notes to attract long form articles, while Google Hangouts is now a separate platform

Hindi content consumption on the web is starting to take off. It has grown 94 per cent year-on-year as compared to just 19 per cent growth for English content

One-year-old RuPay is now already giving tough competition to global giants Visa and MasterCard. There is a whooping figure of 190 million RuPay debit cards currently in use in India.

The Reserve Bank of India has given in-principle nod to eleven entities – the first lot since it came out with guidelines for the same last year. Here are the 11 entities that have been granted payment bank licenses

Flipkart is extremely peeved over Nikon cautioning customers from buying their products online. They have now filed a legal case against Nikon in Karnataka High Court as on August 3, 2015. The next hearing is scheduled on August 21, 2015.

Ola has announced the launch of an exclusive benefits program for selected customers, called Ola Select. As per the official announcement, Ola Select will offer four major benefits

Google’s YouTube spaces is coming to Mumbai. This space will ultimate playground for Youtube content creators and will have free access to audio, visual, and editing equipment, as well as training program, workshops, and community events.

A recent study has stated that the global e-commerce industry generates over $1.2 million revenue in every 30 seconds with Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter contributing $5,483, $4,504 and $4,308 respectively

Google, in collaboration with leading router manufacturer TP-Link have launched a new age Wi-Fi router – OnHub. The router has been designed to keep up with the latest technology in the home, and help make Wi-Fi faster, more secure, and easy to use.

In order to assist sellers on their platform and help them grow, Flipkart has launched a support and consultancy platform called Flipkart One Stop or F1 Stop.

Kaspersky’s recent study has revealed some utterly shocking facts as to how people are dependent on smartphones. only two out of 10 could recall their child’s school’s contact number

Net neutrality movement in India has received one of the biggest shocks ever: Google is turning evil as they seem to have teamed up with Facebook to lobby Zero Rating plans in India.

Denial of Service Attacks (DDoS) has doubled in the last three months; and India has emerged as 4h largest victim of these attacks. India accounted for 7.43% of all DDoS attacks, whereas with 37.01%, China is the top victim.

Uber has forged a strategic partnership with Airtel, where they have started accepting Airtel Money as a form of payment and at the same time, they will be providing free in-cab 4G internet to the riders.

Hyderabad will get India’s largest incubator center for tech startups called ‘T-Hub’, for which a budget of $100 million has been allocated by the Telangana Govt. Tata Sons Chairman Emeritus and industrialist Ratan Tata will inaugurate the center on September 7th.

Many ecommerce companies were lately under scanner of the regulatory board for selling medicines online. Now suddenly diverging from that, the government is looking forth to ‘modifying the Drugs and Cosmetics Act’, so that the ecommerce companies will be allowed to sell medicines online

We have updated our Indian Startup Funding & Investment Chart – don’t forget to check it out!

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