Here are all of the posts tagged ‘India’.
Facebook brings Internet.org to India
Facebook’s Internet.org is a project that aims to provide basic mobile Internet services for free to the masses in emerging markets such as several African countries and Colombia. It is now extending that initiative to another market, India. Run in partnership with Indian operator Reliance, the initiative has been launched in six initial states: Tamil Nadu, Mahararashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, and Telangana, in its bid to “provide Internet access to more than a billion people in India who aren’t yet connected”.
WeChat adds a fitness tracking feature
Popular messaging app WeChat has released a new feature that allows users to track their fitness activities using motion tracking features on their phone. Besides being able to share their activities with friends, the leaderboard feature also allow users to compare their activities with friends and compete for the top spot daily.
Figure 1 launches in India
Likened to an Instagram for doctors, Figure 1 is a photo-sharing platform for doctors, students, and other health care professionals. Based on the understanding that the medical field is very visual-centric, the platform allows health care professionals to view, share, and discuss medical findings through photos. Its launch in India marks the app’s first entry into Asia.
Twitter opens new R&D centre in India
With India set to become Twitter’s largest market after the US (with a projected 40 million users by 2018), it comes as no surprise that they have confirmed to open a new R&D centre in Bangalore, Twitter’s first centre outside of the US. It is likely that the Zipdial team, which they recently acquired last month, will form the basis for the new R&D facility, to develop new Twitter products relevant to users in emerging markets such as India and Indonesia.
Chinese Tinder copy Tantan raises $5m
According to Sina Tech, the Beijing-based app Tantan from Yay Media Labs recently raised $5m in series A funding, in a round led by Bertelsmann Asia Investments. It is an exact carbon copy of Tinder (but with stickers); letting users swipe through location-based profiles, match with mutually interested users, and chat with them. Founders Pan Ying and Wang Yu claimed Tantan has made over 15m matches, seen 20m swipes and sent 1m messages every day.
Twitter acquires Indian startup Zipdial
In a move that indicates greater emphasis on emerging markets, Twitter has bought over Zipdial, an Indian startup that allows users to subscribe to brands’ content without having to connect to the Internet. In order to do so, all users have to do is to give a missed call to a specific number belonging to a brand or service, and they will receive updates. This offline component of the service will be beneficial for Twitter to pursue users in emerging markets, where smartphone penetration and mobile data usage are still low.
Major brands in Indonesia find success on social media
While major brands like Coca-Cola have traditionally been focusing efforts on TV to launch products in Indonesia, marketers are increasingly citing issues like saturation and clutter on TV as reasons to look to Facebook first when planning campaigns. With 37 million daily active users and 71 million monthly active users, Indonesia has one of the largest Facebook users in the world.
WeChat is testing ads
WeChat has started testing ads in ‘Moments’, its (rough) equivalent to Facebook’s News Feed. So far, the network has been reluctant to include advertising; with 468.1 million monthly active users, this could be a big business. Sponsored posts will be marked as ‘promoted’.
Transfer money via Twitter
Indian bank, ICICI, has launched a ‘tweet to pay’ function. Users simply need to follow @icicibank and send a DM containing the recipient’s username and amount to be transferred. The recipient doesn’t need to be an ICICI customer either.
A puzzle game with social features
More than just a puzzle game, Socioball allow players to create their own levels and share it on Twitter. Using Twitter as a level-sharing platform, the gaming app uses the hashtag #socioball to decode image data and make levels created by its players accessible and playable by other users.
— James Heffernan (@jamestothemax8) January 19, 2015
— Gordon (@codegordon) January 16, 2015
Tumblr to create a Chinese version of its platform
Unlike other blogging sites like WordPress and Blogger, Tumblr is still free from China’s Great Firewall, possibly due to the fact that the blogging site is still not known to the masses. However, with Tumblr’s efforts to open itself to the Chinese market, it may soon be subjected to China’s censorship.
UC browser to incorporate real-time Facebook notifications
UC Web’s browser was recently ranked the most popular third-party mobile browser in the world and even ranked above first-party browsers in some key Asian markets such as India and China. As part of its efforts to make the browser more appealing to Facebook users, it will now feature real-time Facebook notifications, and will be the first browser to allow users to receive notifications outside of Facebook’s mobile apps.
WeChat’s investment fund banked US$16 billion in just a year
Since the launch of WeChat‘s online investment fund, the messaging app company has garnered a total of 10 million users in China who have invested a total of US$16.2 billion in just a year. Besides the relatively high interest returns compared to banks, the ease at which users can invest is a strong pull factor.
Daum Kakao, previously known as Kakao Talk, recently wholly acquired Kids Note, an app for kindergartens and daycares to communicate with parents. Among other features, parents can request real-time check ups on their children, whereas teachers can post daily reports and pictures. The company plans to push the app to about 14,000 kindergartens and private daycares in Korea.
Hike, a homegrown Indian instant messenger, has over 35 million users and just recently acquired US-based voice-calling company Zip Phone, a Y Combinator startup. The company plans to launch free voice-calling soon, alongside their biggest rival WhatsApp. This competition will be one to watch, with telecom majors planning to charge customers for data usage on instant messaging and VoIP apps.
Last week during CES, Caesars Entertainment partnered up with WeChat to give tours of THE LINQ‘s smart hotel rooms. With WeChat, visitors could control the lighting, thermostats and curtains in their rooms. Upon arrival at the hotel room, visitors only need to scan a QR code to get the app which operates as an official WeChat account.