Weekly Wrap-up: OnePlus 2 Review, 98 Smart Cities, Micromax OS & More…


It’s Monday morning and time to do a quick wrap-up of the posts published on trak.in last week. If you were offline for any reason, this is the best way to catch with with all the tech-buzz

Weekly Wrap-up of Tech, Mobile & Startups

A month after launching 7 new cities, Uber has announced addition of another 4 cities where Uber cars will be available. The four new cities include – Guwahati, Nashik, Thiruvananthapuram and Vadodara.

Made in India brand Micromax has confirmed that they are working on their new Android based OS, which will hit the market somewhere at the end of 2015.

In this year’s prestigious list of MIT’s ‘Innovators Under 35’ list, 4 Indians make the cut for their stunning innovations. These 4 Indians are Rahul Panicker (34 year old), Aaswath Raman (30 year old), Rohan Paul(30 year old) and Saurabh Srivastava (30 year old)

Taking the electronic produce to the next level, the government has received Rs 90,000 crore investment proposals in the last two months for electronics manufacturing in India, with both local and foreign firms showing significant interest in making mobile phones

Now you can get information about the Delhi’s traffic situation like congestion points, rallies, political and religious processions and diversion updates on your mobile phone as Delhi Traffic Police has launched free SMS service to help people plan their travel in the city.

There is some good news for International students in the USA as their Govt. may allow F1 visa to be treated on par with H-1B visa, enabling them to work and stay in USA for 6 years after completion of their course.

Ola Money and Oyo Rooms have partnered to enable cashless hotel bookings via Ola’s money wallet.

The fight for Net Neutrality in India has taken a positive turn as India’s biggest association of Internet and Mobile companies, IAMAI, has declared that Zero Rating plans are against the free nature of the Web.

Shemaroo Entertainment and video-on-demand service HOOQ have signed a partnership that will see the addition of more than 1000 movie titles across multiple genres and languages on the OTT platform.

Microsoft’s much talked about person digital-assistant Cortana is now available for Android users in Public Beta. Any Android user can now download Cortana from Play store and install it on their Android phones. iOS version of Cortana is on its way according to official announcement.

To over come loneliness of online shopping, Flipkart has launched an in-app chat service called Ping to make the whole online shopping experience more social. Consumers can now chat, share images and then take a shopping decision all inside Flipkart shopping app.

Customers of Manappuram Finance And Muthoot Fincorp can now repay their loans using Paytm app. Oxigen Wallet has launched a new Point of Sale device geared towards Rural India.

The government of India has flagged off a new initiative called “SEHAT” in collaboration with The department of electronics and Information Technology and Apollo Hospitals. It is an unique initiative wherein Medical services can be availed online.

91Mobiles has just released their report titled ‘Mobile phone Landscape: India H1 2015’. According to it, Intex has launched maximum handsets in India and Asus Zenfone 2 was the most popular smartphone.

In a surprise move Vodafone has announced double validity on their rate cutter packs for voice calls. For a price of Rs. 7, Vodafone will offer double validity for their customer on pre-paid rate cutters packs in Mumbai circle.

Amazon is stepping into the refurbished smartphones sales owing to their raising popularity due to affordability. It has now started selling refurbished and unboxed products in strategic partnership with Surpluss.

Out of 64 countries, India has been ranked a dismal 55, when it comes to quality of an expat’s life. Last year as well, India was ranked within the worst 10 countries, and besides few pointers, the scenario has only worsened.

In yet another first for an Indian taxi company, Bengaluru based taxi aggregator Ola has announced incentives upto Rs 1 lakh for drivers if they convert their taxis into CNG vehicle.

Google has re-launched it’s map editing app, Map Maker seeming to have recovered from the unfortunate incident that forced a temporary suspension. It has also filed patent for tracking potholes and Accidents on the roads

Mixing innovation, marketing and social service, Samsung has introduced 7 mobile charging points across Bangalore, which is solely powered by solar energy. If we believe MIT researchers, then we will soon use rechargeable batteries, which can never die.

A new personal assistant called M awaits you at your Facebook Messenger today! The company has begun a limited trial rollout of its virtual assistant M.

I was one of the few lucky ones to get the much coveted invite for OnePlus Two last week – Here is my review of Oneplus two based on my 4 day usage. We will be updating it further as we get more insights

Urban Development Ministry has finally released the list of 98 smart cities, which will kick off the next wave of planned urbanization in India. As we had shared in June, Rs 48,000 crore has been allocated by the Govt. to build 100 smart cities, over a period of 5 years.

The Google Cultural Institute is increasingly helping the Indian culture flourish on a global platform, bringing the best of Indian art and culture online. Google announced that it has added ten new partner institutions to ‘digitise’ and share their content via its platform.

Citi has launched their virtual accelerator program in India: The Citi Mobile Challenge; which aims to nurture mobile startups in the niche of banking, payments and e-commerce ecosystem.

Amazon US has launched a new app for Android Devices – called Amazon Underground, which along with being a regular shopping app, will also give you access to premium apps, games and in-app items for completely free.

In a surprising move, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has increased the cash limits at point of sale (POS) units in tier III, tier IV, tier V and tier VI cities to Rs.2000 from erstwhile limit Rs.1000.

Effective September 1st, Adobe Flash will be almost history. Google and Amazon, two of the world’s largest Internet companies, have announced that they will no longer support Adobe Flash advertisements on their platform.

And yes, don’t forget to check out our updated Indian Startup Funding & Investment page.

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