Here are all of the posts tagged ‘India’.
Sina Weibo drops 140-character limit as Twitter ponders move
While Twitter continues to ponder about dumping its 140-character limit, Sina Weibo has gone ahead to remove theirs.
The Chinese social network is reportedly replacing it with a new format of allowing posts of up to 2,000 characters. “Senior users” will receive this update first on January 28th, followed by all other ordinary accounts a month later.
Google Brings Wi-Fi to Mumbai Railway Station
Wi-Fi is now available for free at Mumbai Central, one of the main railway stations in Mumbai, India. It is the first Indian train station to be equipped with free Wi-Fi.
The service is made available by Alphabet Inc’s Google as part of a partnership with the Indian government to provide better Internet access to the nation. During a visit to the U.S. last September, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the project aims to extend Internet connection to 100 railway stations in India by the end of 2016.
Spotify Ready to Introduce Video Product
Music streaming service Spotify is expanding its foray of content to include video.
Beginning this week, video content will be available on its Android app, followed by its iOS app end next week. This however, will only be available to the U.S., U.K., Germany and Sweden for now. Spotify first announced plans to distribute videos and podcasts last May, involving content providers such as ESPN, Comedy Central, BBC, Vice Media and Maker Studios.
Happn, Tinder’s French Competitor, Introduces Voice Messages
Happn, a French mobile dating app, is introducing voice messages to its product.
The new feature is available to both iOS and Android users, and allows Happn users to record and send voice messages of up to one minute, but only to their matches. Happn says this new feature will provide users more means for personal expression between those who have expressed mutual attraction to each other.
Company behind KakaoTalk dominates taxi-hailing apps in Korea
Daum Kakao, the company behind popular messaging platform KakaoTalk has introduced a much needed taxi-hailing mobile service in Korea named KakaoTaxi. Eighty days into the launch, it accumulated close to 2 million taxi bookings made through it. This is the latest venture by Daum Kakao, which is behind micro-blogging service KakaoStory, social group management KakaoGroup, news site Daum Cafe, and host of various email services. It also runs one of the three largest search engines in Korea called Daum.
Facebook holds next townhall in India and encourages startups with new joint initiative with Nasscom
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, announces that his next town hall meeting will be held in India, where he looks forward to engaging the users of the country. The social networking platform has been steadily growing in the country, with 125 million monthly active users as of March 2015. Facebook also joins Nasscom, an Indian industry body, to drive and support emerging startups in the country, by providing advertising credits and networking with industrial leaders.
It’s been another year of bumper growth for all things digital in India, with the latest in We Are Social’s series of studies into Digital, Social & Mobile usage around the world revealing that over a quarter of the world’s second largest nation now uses the internet on a regular basis:
Here are the key data headlines:
- Internet Users: 350 million, up 44% since our last report in July 2014
- Social Media Users: 134 million, up 26% in the past year
- Unique Mobile Users: 590 million – a penetration rate of 46%
- Mobile Internet Users: 159 million – 45% of all internet users
- Mobile Social Media Users: 97 million, up 5% since July 2014
You can read the full report in the SlideShare embed above (and download it here), but India’s internet story isn’t just about the data, so read on for our analysis of what these numbers mean in context.
YouTube Launches Creator Space in Mumbai, India
With creator studios in Los Angeles, London, New York, Tokyo, Sao Paulo and Berlin, YouTube has chosen Mumbai for its next Creator Space. This comes as no surprise as web video has been rising rapidly in popularity in India, with major creators All India Bakhod, and The Viral Fever at 1.3million and 1.1million subscribers respectively.
Naver, parent-company of LINE, launches Periscope-styled real-time live-streaming app, V, for celebrities
There is an increasing popularity of mobile live-streaming like Twitter-owned Periscope, with ten years of content watched on a daily basis. Popular messaging app LINE‘s parent company Naver has launched a social celebrity live-streaming app V.
V allows you to watch the comings and goings of your favourite celebrities, leaving comments on their past streams as well as “heart” them to let fellow fans know how you feel. A Chemi-beat (short for Chemistry Beat) also allows you to track the level of interaction you have with your favourite celebrity, this will be influenced by the time spent watching videos and live-streams. The app has been downloaded 160,000 times 24 hours after release.
Goodbye collage makers, hello real-time selfies
India incorporated startup, Myndbee, had one purpose when they created Picpal– that is to bring people together in one photo despite being far away from each other. With Picpal, users now only need one app to do what they otherwise would do on separate apps, i.e. a messaging app to invite friends and share photos, a camera app for taking selfies and a collage maker app.
Momo launches the Shouhu Initiative
In a new initiative, Chinese dating app Momo aims to tackle a problem that has long been plaguing China– the issue of missing children. For the Shouhu Initiative, Momo partnered with a local charity to leverage on its users to share information that will help locate the children in the crucial 72 hour period.