Weekly Wrap-up: BOSS OS, Snapdeal FreeCharge Wallet, BSNL 4G Services & More..


Weekly Wrap-up of Tech, Mobile & Startups

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 a great way to catch-up with all the tech buzz.

China based Hurun Institute has released their list of richest Indians, with a cut off of Rs 1600 crore assets. 7 Indian Internet millionaires, who are under-40, have found mention in this list, whose assets have remarkably increased in last one year.

CEOs from these top 6 telecom firms have written a combined letter to DoT and TRAI, requesting them to stop sealing of towers, especially in New Delhi and Mumbai. They have directly blamed his tower-sealing drive for call drops.

Practo, India’s leading Doctor discovery and appointment platform has acquired Insta Health solutions, a cloud based end to end hospital information management solution (HIMS) for $12 million or roughly INR 78 crore rupees.

Coming in as a good news for the large number of tax paying populous in the country, the Income Tax Department will now be sending across refunds in just about 7-10 days.

Paytm Founder, Vijay Shekhar Sharma has boldly predicted that they will open up India’s first payment bank among the eleven companies who have been granted payment Bank licenses by the Government.

With an interesting tagline, “Meet Your Perfect Partner”, Motorola has launched a new handset: Moto X Play. Aggressively priced at Rs 18,499 for 16 GB variant, this new offering from Motorola has set new benchmark for this range of smartphones

Cab hailing app Ola has been spreading out its branches to tackle the tough competition the San Francisco based firm Uber has been subjecting it to. It is now planning to invest Rs. 5000 crore in a programme under which drivers can lease a car for a minimal initial deposit of Rs. 35,000.

It has been revealed that Indian Govt. may replace Microsoft Windows Operating System across all offices with their own, open source OS called Bharat Operating System Solutions (BOSS).

The report titled, “Assessment of State Implementation of Business Reforms”, has declared Gujarat as the easiest state to start a business, after considering 8 crucial factors which include allotment of land and permits, complying with environmental factors, registering a company, carrying out inspections and enforcing contracts.

Paytm, India’s leading mobile wallet and mobile payments company with close to 100 million users today announced that they have introduced cashless payments in educational institutions. Users can now pay school fees & dues, cafeteria bills as well as buy uniforms, books and merchandise through the Paytm Wallet.

Google has now bought physical gift cards in retail outlets across India. These Play Gift cards can be found in popular mobile stores including Spice Hotspot, Vijay Sales, Planet M, Planet Mobile and Sangeetha Mobiles.

Asia – Pacific region will have over 1 billion Smartphone users by end of 2015 (1023.9 mln to be precise) according to a report published by Marketing intelligence company eMarketer. China and India account for about 70 percent of these 1 billion users.

Freecharge and Snapdeal have combined their forces, and launched their own mobile wallet, which is named as ‘FreeCharge Digital Wallet’. By this launch of a new mobile wallet, they have ignited a new war within this niche, which was dominated by Paytm till now.

Oyo Rooms has set a new benchmark for hospitality industry in India, with the launch of their women only exclusive brand: Oyo WE. Equipped with features such as automated door locks, hair dryer, iron, full length mirrors, library with women magazines, doctor, beauty-on-call service, cabs and most importantly, an all women staff.

The much hyped dislike button, or whatever they would call it to be, which Facebook users have been demanding since ages, is likely to be out very soon.

Karnataka will soon become India’s first state to have a dedicated ‘startup council’, which will look into the matters which startup founders face in their journey. This exclusive startup council is expected to give a boost to entrepreneurship and business in the state.

The ongoing war between offline vs online business took a violent turn in Bengaluru. A mob of 40-50 angry real estate brokers attacked NoBroker.in office at HSR Layout in southeast part of the city, claiming that the real estate startup is snatching their livelihood.

MapmyIndia has now launched a device called SafeMate, which has a GPS base and would send information to your registered contacts in cases of emergency. The device looks nice as it is portable, a tiny little thing, which can be carried around without any hassles.

As more and more Indians are able to access Internet, more and more traditional purchases are being converted into online sales. And the latest to hit this trend are goats, cows and buffaloes.

Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and co-founder of Paypal, Tesla and Zip2 has announced that he is planning to launch 4000 satellites in order to provide Internet all over the globe; especially at remotest parts where technology hasn’t yet reached.

State run telecom operator BSNL too plans to launch their services by March 2016 at competitive rates. BSNL Chairman and MD Anupam Shrivastava said, “We will launch competitive tariff plans to match Reliance Jio and other private telecom service providers’ pricing, be it 4G or 3G, by the end of this year”

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