Weekly Wrap-up: Reliance 4G Launch, Free Basics Shrewd Campaign & 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 a great way to catch up with all the tech buzz!

Weekly Wrap-up of Tech, Mobile & Startups

Founder and ex-CEO of Housing.com, Rahul Yadav, has officially made his comeback into the Indian startup scene. At an event organized by Flipkart, Rahul Yadav disclosed that he is working on a new startup called ‘Intelligent Interfaces’

DataWind, which was primarily focusing on making low cost tablets, (namely Aakash Tablet), have announced plan to develop a 4G LTE smartphone in India. The phone will also come with 1 year unlimited browsing feature.

Television which is a massive mass-medium in India, can corrupt Indians with superstitious content, a TV regulatory body has strongly advised that such content should be banned from prime time entertainment channels.

Facebook has been conducting trials and tests since last year, pointing at a release of ‘Facebook at Work’. As simple as the name is, the website is exclusively for business professionals and enterprise usage and aims to bridge the gap between low productivity and fun at work.

Google is working on getting split-screen feature to the next OS version and we sure can hope it to be more functional than the one in iOS. With all that real estate, tablets usually do not see much support from Google and this gives them an opportunity to showcase the potential through Pixel C

Indian Govt. plans to establish a massive international ecommerce hub for export/import, in the B2B niche. Through this portal, any Indian seller or buyer can connect with any businessman from any country, and easily conduct trade.

After Bangalore, Uber has now decided to launch car pooling in Delhi as well, wherein they will try to tap 27 lakh private cars and encourage them to use Uber app to pick and drop random strangers.

In just a span of three years, Ecom Express’ revenue figures have grown 200 times from INR 73 lacs in FY 12-13 to INR 151 crores in FY 14-15 (refer to the chart below). However, it has reported a loss of INR 49 crores in FY 14-15.

Zomato, India’s popular restaurant discovery, review and food ordering platform advertised their food delivery service on porn sites and the results were stunning. The justification is as simple as it can get. People who watch porn obviously get hungry too…

Sony Liv, Multi Screen Media’s (MSM) premium digital video entertainment service has partnered with mobile payments company Fortumo – the partnership will allow Sony Liv to offer Carrier Billing to their users.

Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has confirmed that advertisements from 54 advertisers, which includes Airtel, Flipkart, HDFC Bank and Godaddy are misleading the consumers.

In a historical move by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, it has been declared that all financial transactions above Rs 2 lakh will have to mention PAN Card as mandatory requirement. This is one of the biggest step Indian Government has taken so far to curb the outflow and inflow of black money in the country.

Sunder Pichai, the CEO of Google, is in India and today he spoke at #GoogleForIndia event in Delhi. The speech was largely about what Google is doing in India – Here are 10 important things he spoke at #GoogleForIndia event.

Jabong, the online fashion e-tailer, earned a revenue of INR 1083 crores in FY 14-15, double of that in previous year. The loss figures stood at 4% of the total revenue at INR 44 crores.

Flipkart conducted a survey called #FlipTrends found that mobile phones and electronic accessories are the highest selling items in the virtual market. Also, Delhi was the most online shopping savvy city in India

In a shrewd move, Facebook has launched a massive ‘Save Free Basics’ campaign on Facebook, wherein unsuspecting users are prompted with a pre-written message, which would be sent to TRAI as part of their new consultation paper regarding Net Neutrality.

Google has just come out with their top searches list for 2015, and surprises of all surprise await you: Sunny Leone, the ex-porn star and current heart throb of Bollywood has surpassed all Indian celebrities to become the most searched personality in India, once again.

Addressing the issue of utilization of same spectrum by the aerial balloons in the project, Google confirmed that network sharing has been solved across other countries in the world and there should not be a case of impedance showing up in signals.

The much awaited flagship from Yu Televentures, the Yu Yutopia was announced at a launch event today. Dubbed as “the most powerful phone on the planet”, the Yu Yutopia does come with some top-of-the-line specifications.

Facebook announced that Instant articles will now be available to all Android users along with iPhone users. Facebook Users will be able to read thousands of instant articles from 25 Indian and 350 worldwide publishers directly on their Facebook timelines.

Ipsos, a leading market research firm conducted this survey in which not to our surprise, they found out that Indian college students are spending up to eight hours daily browsing Internet on their mobile phones.

Massive success of Paytm in India seems to have inspired Paypal to venture into Indian domestic transaction market. Paypal MD & country manager confirmed this latest development in an interview with The Hindu

Despite being hailed as World’s top FDI destination, beating US and China; despite improving drastically in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking; despite having the potential to become World’s 3rd largest economy by 2050, India is still way behind other countries when it comes to starting a new business.

Micromax plans to shift its base from China to India completely by 2018. This means that from 2018 onwards, the phones will be fully manufactured and assembled locally, without any import of raw materials required for manufacturing process.

Finally, it seems that we will see launch of much awaited Reliance Jio 4G Services. The date for launch is fixed for December 27th a day prior to birth anniversary of its founder chairman Dhirubhai Ambani.

Exponential growth of RuPay Cards has clearly threatened existing players in this niche: Visa and Master Card. They have now accused the Government of using their influence and reach to kill competition.

In a new initiative by the Delhi Government, citizens will now be able to see real-time information and news on buses in Delhi through two Silicon Valley giants, Google and Twitter.

And don’t forget to check out our Indian Startup Funding Chart that gives you information of nearly 1000 deals struck in 2015, and have some fun with out Trak Toons as well!

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