Weekly Wrap-Up: Reliance Jio 4G Launch, UberAuto Dead, Delhi Per Capita & More…


It’s Monday morning and time for 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.

Weekly Wrap-up of Tech, Mobile & Startups

Nasscom is confident that IT industry in India is headed for some high octane growth in 2016, as they have said that 2.7 lakh new jobs would be generated by the industry in the next 12 months.

In a historical move, Tata Trusts, backed by $108 billion Tata Sons, have entered into a strategic partnership with Khan Academy to provide free education for anyone, anywhere in India.

OnePlus is working with Olacabs to deliver their latest smartphone, OnePlus X, right at your doorstep. In another move, OnePlus 2 will now be available on Amazon without a invite system!

Sumit Jain, CEO of CommonFloor has given indications that they may want to go solo for time being, and not get acquired by Quikr. This recent development regarding this high profile acquisition emerged after we questioned him on Twitter.

The social media giant is now looking to help these small businesses, and in an initiative to do so, Facebook has set up a SME Council to help small ventures from various industries share feedback and discuss ideas around leveraging technology to grow their enterprise.

There is one startup, which is much less known among the Indian consumers, which not only is a ‘Unicorn’ but has also been consistently profitable since its inception. The name of this Unicorn is Mu Sigma

Twitter has just released their “The 2015 #YearOnTwitter in India” report, and there are some major surprises in store. Amitabh Bachchan Beats SRK & PM Modi To Remain Most Popular Indian On Twitter. Sports Dominate Viral Tweets.

Samsung is losing its edge in India. During 2014-15, Samsung India grew by just 3% to reach Rs 41,575 crore in gross revenues, compared to Rs 40,392 crore in 2013-14. This 3% of growth is quite embarrassing for a company like Samsung!

Sunder Pichai will be visiting India in the later half of December and while his agenda is not very clear, many media reports are suggesting that Android One relaunch may be one of the things on his agenda

Going forward, over 25 million wallet users can book tickets on IRCTC Android app using MobiKwik wallet. They are now the preferred payment option on IRCTC Connect Android App.

Samsung finally agreed to pay $548 Million as damages for the ever-lasting patent war since Apple had moved Samsung to court in 2012. You may think that the war is finally over, but this is expected to continue till next year as well.

Vodafone India has finally launched its much awaited 4G services in Kochi, Kerala. The telecom operator has launched its next generation wireless network on 1800 MHz band, which is much more efficient than 2300 MHz band used (or will be used) by many others telcos for launching their 4G services in the country.

Alibaba has launched yet another specialized program for Indian SMEs, as part of their massive outreach campaign for Indian SMEs. Termed as SMILE (Small and Medium Industries Leveraging Export), this new program will help all Indian SMEs to sell their products outside India.

Reliance Jio is taking small but determined steps for their nation-wide launch of 4G services. In July this year, we had reported that their 4G services would be launched in December. Although not completely true, but yes, they have kicked-off a beta launch for a small circle.

Thinking about how much effort is going into manufacturing technology to completely automate driving, Chinese researchers at Tianjin have come up with an idea of driving cars controlled by the human brain to some extent.

UberAuto is dead! And, it not even been a year since its launch. UberAuto, the auto- Rickshaw hailing service was launched by Uber in April in city of Delhi

PayUBiz, wants to make Digital and Mobile payments even more easier – they have introduced a new technology in digital payments where a user will not even need multiple taps or touches. Users can make payments with just a single tap.

Facebook released its year end ‘Facebook Year in Review 2015’ that talks about top 10 most popular topics, stories, events, people, places among other things. Here are all the details.

Google India has now launched a dedicated website to keep a track of growth and developments of various enterprises and entrepreneurs in the country. The standalone website will be sharing stories about how various entrepreneurs rose from the very basic to a big establishment and how Google has enabled them to do so.

A bill has been proposed in US, which can reduce the total number of H1B visas by 15,000. Considering that the bill is being supported by both Republican and Democratic parties, the probability of its approval is more positive than negative.

DMRC is currently testing a new token that will allow you to take rides in Delhi Metro and will automatically deduct the fare from your Paytm balance, instead of making you repeatedly recharge a Metro card.

As interesting is the Game of Thrones show on the TV and in the books, we have another equally exciting (possibly more?) show which has been going on for the past few years – This is the Game of E-Commerce in India.

Shopclues reported its revenue figures for FY 2014-15 at INR 79.2 crores with a loss of INR 101 crores. This is a revenue growth of ~150% over INR 31.6 crores in the previous fiscal with a slightly higher increase in the loss figure (INR 38 crores loss in previous fiscal).

With a per capita income of Rs 2,40,849 or Rs 669 per day, Delhi is right now #1 state in generating income for its citizens. Compared to 2013-14, per capita income in Delhi has increased by Rs 28,630, thereby witnessing an increase of 13.5%.

During the July-September quarter of 2014, sales of 2G phones accounted for 25% of the overall smartphone market in India. However, in 2015, the same quarter witnessed just 9% of smartphones sale. Hence most brands are stopping 2G handsets

As expected, Flipkart has announced that they are formally exiting eBooks Business. They have stopped selling eBooks on their platform and existing users will be be transitioned to Rakuten Kobo, the e-book store acquired by Rakuten in November 2011. Kobo was launched in India in October 2013.

Tata continues to reign as India’s #1 brand in InterBrand’s recent “Top 30 Brands of 2015” list. Last year as well, Tata was ranked #1. Reliance and Airtel are rankled #2 and #3 positions, which has remained unchanged from 2014.

According to a new study by consulting firm Zinnov, out of $31 billion which was spent globally on Engineering related R&D, India alone accounted for $12.3 billion. In comparison, China accounted for $9.7 billion in R&D projects.

Mozilla has officially brought an end to its beloved Firefox mobile OS. They will concentrate on important tech and Mozilla Browser instead

It seems that testing phase has not gone too well for Project Loon. Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has stated that the frequency at which Project Loon is supposed to operate is bound to interfere with the cellular network services in the country.

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