Weekly Wrap-up: Jio Preview Offer, Cyrus Mistry Sacking, WhatsApp Video Calling & More…


Hope all of you are having a great Diwali! It’s festive week, and I am sure many of you are on vacations and holidays. But don’t worry even if you are offline – Here is our weekly wrap-up of all that happened in tech space from last week!

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In a bid to encounter the free and unlimited lifetime voice offering Reliance Jio, Vodafone has announced free incoming while roaming across the country from this Diwali.

On the eve of Diwali, which is considered as the peak season for shopping by Indians, RBI has cautioned to examine Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes before accepting them in a transaction. This advisory by RBI is deemed as crucial, as despite the expansion of online shopping, majority of shopping transactions are done by cash.

It is widely anticipated that with the launch of Pixel smartphones, Google has effectively killed its popular Nexus line-up. As a result we all have very high expectations from the upcoming Pixel and Pixel XL phones which were in India last well with the base model priced at Rs. 57,000.

Grofers has shunned the App-only model and have launched its website for online ordering of groceries and other products available on its app. Grofers’ blog read, “One common feedback we received was that Grofers was only restricted to users who owned a smartphone. So, a couple of months ago we formed a small team of talented designers and engineers, and decided to do something about it.”

Travel industry in India is right now undergoing a unique transformation, – On one hand rail travel is getting expensive, which has resulted in record loss for Indian Railways; air travel is getting cheaper day by day on the other hand.

Few regional trade bodies in India have claimed that products from China are witnessing massive 40% lesser sales this festive season, a fact which they mainly attributed to various campaigns launched against China.

Corporate world went into a tizzy last week, when news came in that Cyrus Mistry, Chairman of Tata Sons for the last 4 years, was suddenly removed by the Board. We speculate 4 possible reasons why the Board decided to show the door to Cyrus Mistry, and why Rata Tata had to come back to power to rescue Tata Sons:

According to analysts and industry experts, Reliance could extend the Jio preview offer till March 2017 to attain its target of 100 million customers on the network. Although the company could see an attrition of nearly 40-50% post the preview offer, Reliance Jio wants to achieve the desired volumes before the subscribers switch.

A new app ‘Hawa Badlo’ has been introduced by Environmental Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority for Delhi & NCR (EPCA), appointed by Supreme Court of India, to verify and keep a track of air pollution in Delhi and surrounding cities.

In a notification, TRAI has made it clear that the website or app which provides the facilities of online recharge or bill payments are not license holders of telecom service; they are merely partners or sub-partners, appointed by the telecom operator.

According to a presentation given to Reliance Industries’ investors last week, the company has said that they have booked more than 24 million customers till now, and the leading circles are Telangana and Gujarat at 1.2 million and 1.5 million subscribers by September 30.

After nearly six months of speculations and beta testing previews, WhatsApp has started rolling out video calls to its Android users. The latest update from the company on Google Play Store will bring the video calling feature on the app. Unfortunately this update has not been made to iOS users yet and there is no specific timeline.

When Xiaomi released the concept phone ‘Mi Mix’, the whole world could not get past the beautiful bezel-less device that we had been waiting for. OnePlus 3 on the other hand, is also awaiting a small update in the coming months, called OnePlus 3T, and the company has been working hard to make its smartphone more attractive with minor updates to the CPU and the display.

Since 2001, Apple has been declaring an increase in sales and revenue every year; but the good spell has been broken in 2016. For the first time in 15 years, Apple has posted a decline in sales, revenue and profits, thereby triggering panic among its shareholders.

What if these passengers are able to book Uber cab for going to the railway station to catch a train, or after reaching their destination? These scenarios can become a reality soon as Uber is planning the mother of all expansions in India: A deep, integrated partnership with Indian Railways.

A study by GSMA has predicted that there will be 1 billion mobile subscribers by the end of this decade. That means nearly 80% of the citizens of India will be on one of the mobile networks.

In a recently concluded event: ‘Beyond Mobility 2016’, senior leaders from Bosch gave interesting insights into their future plans vis-a-vis smarter solutions, and explained how Internet of Things will be the cornerstone of their futuristic world.

At the time when the world is moving towards smartphone adoption and when the tech pundits are busy debating the benefits of Android OS over iOS and vice-versa, India’s largest 4G VoLTE operator- Reliance Jio is planning to launch feature phone supporting VoLTE facility in the country soon.

Tackling the increasing competitions in the AIO (All-In-One) PC industry and from the Apple iMac series, Microsoft has announced Surface Studio PC starting from $2,999.

Through a Medium post by Vine itself, the company confirmed that they will discontinue the mobile app. This essentially means that Vine will be closing down its business, but Twitter will continue to support the website and keep all the vines in place there.

VMware Cloud on AWS will now enable customers to run various applications VMware vSphere cloud environment, which contains the best features of public, private and hybrid clouds, all integrated into one.

Indian entertainment and media industry is witnessing an aggressive growth rate, which is in continuation with the last 5 years average. In fact, by the time 2016 ends, total revenue generated in this sector will cross Rs 1.3 lakh crore, which is an impressive growth of 10-12% year on year.

Fast forward one month, Google has released a major update for the app, called Allo 2.0. The update brings a lot of features that should have been supported by Nougat 7.0, and this means quick replies and split screen ability.

It is Diwali! We all have been planning to treat ourselves for what we have achieved this year, but we keep on procrastinating the celebrations for some reason or the other. I am pretty sure that you would have already begun with the Diwali celebrations. Now it is time to take it to the next level.

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