Weekly Wrap-up: Freedom 251 Fiasco, Snapdeal Funding, Myntra on Desktop & More…


It’s Monday morning, and like always, it is 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!

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Hyderabad is becoming a technology focused place for quite a few companies including Microsoft, Google and Amazon. Now, Apple is planning to start it’s first $25M offshore technology development centre in Hyderabad.

Jasper Infotech, which owns Snapdeal has successfully raised $200 million (Rs 1360 crore) from Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Brother Fortune Apparel & Bennett Coleman & Co (publishers of Times of India) which has enabled their valuation to $6.5-7 billion. This makes Snapdeal India’s 2nd most valued startup after Flipkart.

Indian Railways has now come up with a smart solution resolving issues with unreserved railway tickets. They have launched ‘UTSOnMobile mobile app” designed by CRIS, where customers can get unreserved tickets on their smartphones directly without the need of a printout from any machine or ATVM.

Thieves have been found to be using digital wallets to transfer their stolen money. And going by the ‘convenience’ factor experienced till now, it seems thieves are actually enjoying it.

Reliance Jio has today announced that they along with 8 other leading Global Telecom Operators have forged a one of kind alliance that will allow them to tap into market opportunity of one billion customers in more than 80 countries around the globe.

A consumer court in Punjab has slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on Snapdeal and ordered them to deliver what they had initially promised: iPhone for Rs 68! Note here, that Snapdeal managed to sell Rs 500 crore worth of mobile phones during last Diwali..

Ringing Bells, an indian handset maker launched a smartphone Freedom 251 at only Rs. 251/– ! Yes, you read that right, there is no typo. As low as Rs 251, you can have a smartphone which can be used like any other budget smartphone.

We attempt to analyse logically, the truth behind Freedom 251, and try to decode whether its a scam or its a genuine offering from a new hotshot company which is attempting something never tried before?

In an unprecedented move never seen before, Telecom Department said that they have investigated the handset called ‘Freedom 251’ which is being promised for Rs 251, and found that it should cost atleast Rs 2300.

After shutting down their mobile website last year, and converting into app only shopping medium, Myntra has officially announced their relaunch of mobile site. As per available reports, Myntra has made this transformation after observing the user behavior and their reaction to app only medium.

We have listed down 5 top smartphones under Rs 10,000 that will satiate your requirements from relatively cheaper smartphones with great specs!

Soon, all mobile phones (Smartphones as well as feature phones) will need to support display of content in 22 official Indian languages and provide input capability for three languages— Hindi, English and one local language.

OpenSignal started to get early glimpses of Reliance Jio network on their crowdsourced data platform as users on the Jio Network downloaded OpenSignal app. Here are the findings

Named WiFire, this app will not only tell you the closest free WiFi Hotspot, but also does the tedious job of filling out forms and entering the OTP(One Time Password) so that you can skip all the hassles and actually use the internet as soon as it is connected.

Foodpanda, popular online food delivery service, has launched a pilot for quick meal delivery in Gurgaon. Promising delivery time of under 30 minutes, the food options range from North Indian to Chinese combo meals from select restaurants; Happy Hakka, Tughlaq, and Biryani Art.

Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications and Sistema Shyam Teleservices have written to TRAI, expressing their reservations about the minimum broadband speed, stating that it will affect their revenues, and customers may exploit this ‘privilege’.

Taxi-hailing application, Uber, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with the Maharashtra Government to help in creation of 75,000 jobs across the state over the next 5 years. Uber will be aiding the government in training men and women from the marginalized section of the society.

Last year, Uttar Pradesh Government had imposed a strange tax on all ecommerce shopping, which is now threatening to kill the ecommerce industry in the state. As per reports coming in, leading ecommerce portals such as Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal are losing out, considering the fact that UP is the most populous state of India, having 75 districts.

February 29th presents a perfect trial for developers. It enforces the idea that programmers must take into account rare yet inevitable events like Leap Year in their application testing.

TAL Manufacturing Solutions, a Tata Group company, is launching first ever India-made robot in the coming two months, i.e. before May 2016. Dubbed ‘Tata Brabo’, the robot has been showcased in the Make in India week in Mumbai

In May of last year, Facebook launched their Instant Articles feature bringing 9 publishers on board, they expanded their base to over 350 publishers in December of 2015, which included 25 Indian publishers. Now, Facebook has opened Instant Articles to all publishers worldwide, big or small.

Truecaller, one of the leading mobile user identification app, have opened up their platform via TrueSDK that will help third party apps to easily onboard and verify new users via their phone numbers.

Amazon and Flipkart are now looking out to approach sellers through ‘Studio on Wheels’ to give them information about benefits of selling online and answer their apprehensions. They have launched Amazon Tatkal and Flipkart SpotList for same purpose

According to a study conducted by Opera, 30% of our precious mobile data is used by apps running in the background. This means that the mobile data users get to use only 70% of what they have paid for.

First ever Make in India Week held in Mumbai between 13th Feb to 18th Feb came to a close yesterday, and to put it mildly, it was a phenomenal success. It achieved more than what it set out to do. We bring you all the highlights of the Make in India week Expo.

Twitter has now introduced two new tools, that will help businesses tremendously – they have made it easy for businesses to have private direct messaging with their customers and get customer feedback.

Flipkart has also become the first Indian app to reach 50 M installs on various Android devices. As per the statement issued by the company, Flipkart reportedly reached this landmark in the first week of February 2016.

Myntra.com can be accessed on desktop browser by following simple steps laid out in this post . At the moment, the desktop site will not allow you to browse the catalogue, instead it will give you links to download the app version on the respective mobile operating system.

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