Weekly Wrap-up: Snap Lite, Google Contributor, Apple Music on Android & More…


It’s Monday morning and here is a quick wrap-up of the posts published on trak.in last week. Being a Diwali week, Trak.in had a slower week than what we have normally.

Weekly Wrap-up of Tech, Mobile & Startups

4G Smartphone sales have gone through the roof – every Indian telecom operator has already launched or in process of launching their 4G services. However, many of us still think that 4G is just about high-speed data. This is simply not true. Here  we try to explain 4G in more detail!

Gionee F103 is a budget segmented fashion series smartphone, which mainly focuses on having the best possible looks on a budget. Here is our full detailed review of the phone.

Twitter added color and light to your Diwali Wishes by showing a emoji of a Diya whenever you use the hashtag #HappyDiwali. This is Twitter’s first-ever Diwali emoji for the country to celebrate the festival.

Google has just launched its new service called Contributor that can be used as a very effective alternative to Google AdSense by web publishers all across the globe. The ‘beta’ version of Contributor has been available for a while to a select few publishers, but it is in the recent past that it has become available to many more users/publishers across the globe.

Flipkart has finally admitted their mistake of going app-only mode, and have decided to flip back to mobile browsers. When you open Flipkart.com mobile browsers, they no longer force the customer to download their apps; instead, they offer a new, innovative browser based app experience for shopping

Smriti Irani, Human Resource and Development Minister, launched a variety of Education focused mobile applications and web based platforms as a part of the Digital India initiative, at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.

Last week, Telangana Government launched India’s largest tech startup incubator: T-hub, which is now open entrepreneurs from all over the country. This huge 100,000 square feet campus was inaugurated by Tata Sons Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata and Governor ESL Narasimhan.

Domain name Business is getting big in India. If you are an investor, chances are you will find much better returns investing in Domain Names rather than Real Estate market today

In a move which can be described as historic, to say the least, Govt. has eased FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) across 15 key sectors, which include single brand retail and eCommerce.

Apple Music is now available to download from Google Play store, although in beta version at present. This is a big step for Apple considering it is offering one of its full fledged apps on a rival’s ecosystem. Apple Music has about 6.5 Million subscribers and hopes to add huge numbers through the expansion.

7 year old Zomato, which is the poster-child of food tech based startups in India, having a valuation of more than $1 billion have been blacklisted by IITs from campus placements. Atleast 6 IITs – Delhi, Bombay, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati and Kanpur have confirmed this development.

According to Nokia’s study, Cupertino based tech giant, Apple owns the highest share of the 14.8 Million 4G-enabled active devices in India across all frequencies

Two aspects worked brilliantly at the same time: The return of Maggi and the concept of flash sales by Snapdeal. After being banned in the month of June by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Maggi made a grand comeback yesterday as 7,20,000 units, packed in 60,000 units were sold within the first 5 minutes on Snapdeal.com

Called ‘My Stamp’, Indian Postal department has started a new innovative program wherein anyone can convert their selfies into a valid postage stamp. India Post is already in the process to acquire high end printing devices, which can efficiently convert selfies into postage stamp.

Digital mobile wallets segment has just received a new player: Ola Money. Ola has decided to launch their mobile payment service Ola Money as a standalone app, which will now directly compete against established player such as Paytm and Freecharge.

It has not even been a week since the launch of Flipkart lite, a mobile website which has been reintroduced for the purpose of garnering more sales, and Snapdeal has responded back with a snappier Snap-Lite.

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