Weekly Wrap-up: WhatsApp Subscription, TRAI’s Response to FB, Free Google WiFi & More…


It’s Monday morning and time to do a quick wrap-up of 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 happened last week!

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On 16th January, PM Modi unveiled the Startup Action Plan 2016 at the Startup India, Standup India conference. We bring you 20 key highlights of the plan.

Mahindra & Mahindra has tied up with Flipkart to offer online bookings of their new vehicle KUV100 through their portal. The online bookings will go live on the midnight of January 18.

Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd and Reliance Communications Limited have announced signing of Agreements for Change in Spectrum Allotment in 800 MHz band across 9 Circles from RCOM to RJIL and for Sharing of Spectrum in 800 MHz band across 17 Circles.

If you were worried that WhatsApp will ask you for subscription fees at some point, worry not. WhatsApp has announced that it will be officially ending the $1 Subscription fee which it levies to users after first year of usage.

BlackBerry has realized the importance of adopting Android as the primary OS for its smartphones, or else not call them smartphones altogether. BlackBerry’s latest offering, BlackBerry Priv had been under a lot of speculation before final unveiling in November 2015.

As per their recent report titled ‘The Future of Jobs’, WEF has categorically stated that the 4th Industrial Revolution is finally here and advancements in technology will destroy over 5 million (50 lakh) jobs by 2020

Doordarshan will increase the channels available under FreeDish to 112 by March end. Right now, there are 64 channels available for FreeDish users, which includes Aaj Tak and Big Magic, which are otherwise paid channels under private DTH services.

You will now be able to install Android apps directly from search result pages, without visiting the play store. While this feature has not been rolled out to all the users across, but the test is surely underway in this regards as some users are experiencing this

FreeCharge, one of the India’s leading digital wallet company has announced an exclusive partnership with Westlife Development Ltd, owner of the Master Franchisee of brand McDonald’s west and south India.

Uttrakhand state government wants to increase their revenue by killing the ecommerce industry. For all ecommerce purchases done within the state of Uttrakhand, a special 10% tax will be levied, which will be eventually borne by the customer.

According to rumours in China, the next Nexus phones could well be from HTC. In fact, since there are two Nexus devices now, both the phones will be manufactured by HTC according to rumours.

Indian smartphone market which is a low to medium range phone market is expected to grow at 37% this year, as compared to 32% average growth for the last three years.. 2016 would also be the first year for the Indian mobile market when the smartphone shipment would overtake the feature shipments.

TRAI or the Telecom Regulator Authority of India published a letter in response to questions raised by Facebook in regards to their multi-million dollar Free Basic campaign. And, this response from TRAI is sure to restore your faith in Government agencies..

In yet another move to capture eCommerce space, India Post has opened up exclusive counters at the Business Post Centres in Gurgaon and Faridabad exclusively for eBay India sellers. Through these exclusive shipping counters, eBay India sellers will be able to ship their international as well as domestic parcels.

Snapdeal, the second largest player in the Indian e-commerce industry, has reported a revenue of INR 938 crores with a loss of INR 1,319 crores in FY 14-15.

What seems like an effort from IRCTC to reduce the load further and prevent scammers from booking multiple tickets, the minimum time to book a ticket has been fixed to a mandatory 35 seconds.

In one of the major revolutionary coups, India’s first LGBT (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders) operated radio taxi has been launched in Mumbai, which is aiming to provide employment to 15,000+ LGBT members in Mumbai.

In order to propagate faster, sharper and efficient 4G connectivity in India, Vodafone is attempting to make their optic fibre network robust. And with this intention, they may acquire You Broadband very soon for rumoured price of Rs. 400 Crore

Apple has filed an application with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) to set up its own stores in the country. While DIPP has not yet approved the request, they are in process of examining it

Homegrown Hike Messenger has crossed a major milestone – They have crossed 100 million users mark. Hike’s growth has accelerate over past few months. They have added 30 million new users in last 3 months alone. The company did not reveal whether it is active or total user base.

And we have arrival of yet another mobile wallet in India! TranServ, leading digital payments company, have announced the launch of India’s first Social Mobile Wallet – Udio.

TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) claims that EMF (Electro Magnetic Field) radiations from mobile network towers doesn’t have adverse health effects either on adults or children.

Vodafone has started the distribution of 4G sim cards to its customers in Delhi & NCR as a part of the conversion initiative from 3G to 4G. Every existing customer will receive a 4G SIM card free of cost!

Free Basics is now open for all; and the most interesting thing is that users would consume their mobile data to access Free Basics sites. Hence, it must sound totally weird as of now, but Free Basics is now available without zero rating for non-Reliance customers as well.

An Indian Startup CREO is attempting to create a unique, strange Android based OS which has features no one has ever imagined.

Facebook wants to increase user engagement for content shared by Publishers on Facebook. For this, they have launched new feature which will help publisher target and optimize their audiences

Mumbai Central becomes the first Railway station in India to get Google’s Free Hi Speed WiFi. Google plans to cover a total of 100 railway stations by the end of the year.

Do Check out our updated Indian Startup Funding Chart – over 80 deals worth over $650 million have been struck in first 20 days of this month!

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