Weekly Wrap-up: Jio Telecom Wars, BSNL Free Voice, Aadhaar Card Usage & More…


It’s yet another Monday morning, and its time to do a quick wrap-up of the posts published on trak.in last week. If you were offline for any reason this a great way to catch up with all the tech buzz.

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As per reports, Flipkart wants to target fashion category, and capture massive 50% of the market share. On the other hand, Amazon is looking at a 360 degree view of the situation, and instead of focussing on one single niche, they are empowering their merchants for more sales and more revenues.

Bombay Stock Exchange has tied-up with Twitter, a social media networking site, to provide live stock updates to Twitter users. This is a first of its kind partnership in Asia between a social media company and a stock exchange.

Paytm has gone one step ahead and introduced IRCTC Train ticket bookings on Paytm’s mobile app and website. Going forward, Paytm users can book Check their PNR number, search for trains and book train tickets.

Reliance Jio had set a target of 100 million subscribers by this year end, however the company has already fallen behind its target by almost 50%. Although the monthly acquisitions are falling behind, the company has surprisingly increased its target from 100 million to 250 million by the end of 2016.

In one of the brutal-est domination plan every unleashed in India, Baba Ramdev is forcing Govt. of India to impose a special ‘Sin Tax’ on cola giants Coca Cola and Pepsi. On the other hand, talks are on sell Patanjali’s products in ration shops (also called Fair Price Shops) in Madhya Pradesh

In one of the strongest worded warnings ever issues, Govt. has stopped public agencies from any unauthorized usage of Aadhaar card data, and have declared that consent of the user is must before using the data for any purpose. Violation of this rule can attract heavy penalty as well as prison term.

After Supreme Court of India scolded search engine giants Google, Microsoft and Yahoo for showing gender test advertisements, they have agreed to stop such ads with immediate effect.

Twitter India also will be closing its development centre in Bengaluru, that specifically houses engineers in India. The move is expected to impact about 50-60 engineers at Twitter Bengaluru, that have been working in ZipDial, a mobile marketing platform, that was acquired by Twitter almost 15 months back.

Andhra Pradesh Government wants to experiment Drone technology and use it to its advantage. People do say that drones can be used for wrong purposes by the wrong people, but they can also be used by the right people for the right purposes, in this case for governance.

In Opera 40, the company has integrated forever free VPN service, first amongst its rivals, that will give you the freedom to browse whatever you want. Opera says that the browser VPN creates a secure connection to one of Opera’s five server locations around the world.

Xiaomi launched the much awaited Mi Band 2 in India last week on 21 September, 2016. The Mi Band 2 launch was accompanied by Mi Air Purifier’s India debut as well.

Google Allo has now been officially launched worldwide, and it will slowly come to your devices. The text messaging app will be available on Android and iOS and will help you make plans, find information, and express yourself more easily in chat.

Symbol, a private fashion label, has been launched by Amazon to capture the high-margin e-fashion niche in India, and the timing of this launch is just perfect to make a major dent in the niche.

It has been a while since Jio has been complaining about the insufficient PoIs released by incumbents for its 4G VoLTE network. A few days back we also covered a news story about Airtel and Idea promising sufficient PoIs to Jio. However Jio claims that the incumbents have not done anything on the ground.

At a time when Internet users is all set to expand to 730 million and the ecommerce market is about to touch $34 billion mark, thereby giving offline retail some serious competition; Indian Govt. is still clueless about the niche.

India’s 2nd largest telecom operator, Vodafone has now launched a new range of recharge packs called FLEX for offering true flexibility to its prepaid subscribers.

According to reports, San Francisco-based tech giant, Apple is in talks with McLaren, a British automotive manufacturer of luxury, high-performance sports cars, for a possible acquisition. These talks are said to have originated a few months back and are in the final stages.

LeEco has released four versions of Le Pro 3, the first comes with 4GB of RAM and 32GB ROM, the second comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB ROM, the third comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB ROM and the fourth one comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB ROM.

Finally, it looks like Idea Cellular has decided to launch their 4G services in Pune city. The two cities of Pune and Nashik were the only 2 places where Idea Cellular did not have 4G services enabled. Incidentally, they are also the cities, where Idea Cellular has maximum voice and data subscriber base.

A car is the second biggest investment in an average Indian’s lifetime (house being the first), and, being a depreciating asset, it requires more frequent and costly maintenance. Traditionally, a car owner has three options – an OEM authorized service centre, a Multi-brand service centre or a local unbranded workshop.

One of the most requested facilities at these CCD outlets has been the internet. Till now, CCD patrons needed to pay for the internet, and that discouraged many – but not any more. Café Coffee Day will now be offering free Wi-Fi internet access to customers at its cafes in select cities across the country.

As a gesture, Uber India will be featuring driver partners that have helped the brand grow in India. A campaign called ‘Move Forward’ has been launched by the company exclusively for India to appreciate the zeal of the partners.

Non cash or digital payments have been growing exceptionally since the last decade and the report points to the fact that non cash payment volume stands at a record of 426.3 billion transactions in 2015 from 387.3 billion transactions recorded in 2014 ie a 10.1% growth.

To make bookings more flexible and allow customers to check-in early, depending on the travel itinerary, Oyo Rooms has introduced an early check-in feature that will allow you to check-in as early as 6AM in the morning.

State run BSNL has decided to take on the tsunami unleashed by Reliance Jio in a massive way. Igniting a new level of telecom war, BSNL has decided to offer free lifetime voice calls for all their customers.

HDFC Bank has been declared as India’s top brand with value of $14.4 billion. This is for the 3rd consecutive time that HDFC has been held the title of India’s top brand.

Razorpay, a leading payment gateway company has now announced support for UPI on its platform. With UPI’s integration, Razorpay has become the first payment gateway in India to have UPI enabled on their platform.

After BSNL’s master game plan to encounter Jio, India’s leading telecom operator Airtel, has gone into the offensive mode and announced its unlimited 4G data plan for its existing prepaid 4G subscribers at just Rs. 1,495.

Huawei has been looking for an opportunity in India to set up its manufacturing facility and the day has finally come. Honouring the ‘Make in India’ initiative, Huawei will be starting production of smartphones in India from the first week of October.

Snapchat has been renamed to Snap Inc. to align with its existing and future projects. With the rebranding comes the first hardware product from the company, called Spectacles. These are like any other usual pair of trendy sunglasses, but come with a tiny Google Glass-like camera on the sides to record anything in front of you.

Delhi High Court has failed to prevent WhatsApp from implementing their new privacy policy, based on which vital information related to the users would be now shared with Facebook. The only silver lining is the fact that Delhi HC has ordered WhatsApp to remove any data collected before September 25th; and delete any data collected from those accounts which have uninstalled WhatsApp.

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