Here are all of the posts tagged ‘India’.
The name says it all. Facebook has launched a “Lite” version of its social networking service, targeting users in emerging markets where user growth is expected to expand at a rapid pace. According to reports, India is set to be the largest Facebook user base in the world by 2017, so this is hardly a surprising move from Facebook, really.
In sum, Facebook Lite is a stripped-down version of the regular app while retaining all the original functions of the service. It is less than 500 KB in size, and works well on 2G, 3G and 4G networks.
Local communication apps, text are preferred modes of mobile communication in Japan, South Korea
That’s according to a report by Ericsson Consumer Lab, which surveyed 100,000 individuals in Japan, South Korea, India, UK and the US. The findings reveal some interesting insights. For instance in India, users spend nearly half of their time on smartphones on communication apps. In markets like Japan and South Korea, local communication apps are more popularly used as compared to those surveyed in the UK and US markets. Japanese and South Koreans also prefer text over voice calls. According to Ericsson, 1 in 4 Japanese smartphone users do not make traditional voice calls anymore.
Taiwanese chat messaging app Pal+ secure $1.3m in funds
Taiwan chat messaging app, Pal+ has received all of $1.3 million in fresh funds to expand its growing venture. The funds came from Asiasoft, a listed game publisher in Thailand.
Pal+ is a forum-based app which invites individuals with common interests to participate in online discussions. Users get to share and discuss a wide range of topics from entertainment to animation and games, and share them with friends instantly.
Line releases iOS keyboard for emoji
Lo and behold — there is now an exclusive keyboard just for emoji and stickers, created by the messaging app Line. Emoji Keyboard by Line has over 2,000 emoji and stickers, with users being able to unlock an additional 700 “premium” stickers upon signing up for the Line app. There’s no doubt that the trend of emojis is here to stay for the long run.
Indian social media users reach 143 million
Based on a report by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and Indian Market Research Bureau (IMRB) International, there are now 143 million social media users in India as of April 2015. Rural India contributes the highest growth of 100% with 25 million users residing in that belt. Comparatively, urban India has 118 million users but records a lower growth of 35%. With 61% of these users accessing social media on their mobile devices, it’s a promising sign that the numbers will only continue to rise in the months to come.
Meet Present, the anti-Snapchat social video app
Present, a Singaporean startup by Peter Zhuo, is challenging the shift toward shorter videos and fleeting images. Aspiring to be a video memory bank, it is useful for chronicling “first experiences” and “last memories”. New mothers can relive the day-to-day progress of toddlers, and grandparents can record video messages for future grandchildren.
Present allows videos that are up to two minutes in length and organises them by timeline, location, friends and topics. Users can also retrieve videos recorded in the vicinity to view the memories of others. Congratulations Harry Potter, you can finally ditch the Pensieve.
Walking #withoutshoes on Weibo, WeChat, Mogujie and Instagram
US shoe brand, Toms, is collaborating with social media giants Weibo, WeChat, Mogujie and Instagram. Between May 5 and 21, users in China are encouraged to caption their barefoot photos with the hashtag #withoutshoes. As part of its “One for One” pledge, Toms will donate a pair of shoes for every photo uploaded.
Online platforms Shangpin, Mogujie and Alibaba will also seed the movement among niche communities, while Weibo and Wechat will leverage on social influencers. Toms China announced that “This is the first philanthropic campaign of its kind, leveraging digital technologies to solicit global awareness, with zero time nor monetary commitment.”
Off you go then – take a moderately large amount of feet photos and we promise you will not be judged.
Internet.org’s Asia rollout continues in Indonesia
Internet.org has proceeded to launch in Southeast Asia’s most populous nation Indonesia, even in the midst of poor reception in India. The Facebook-backed programme provides internet services to developing countries through a range of free apps and websites. Last week, a group of Indian companies withdrew their support for Internet.org, citing concerns over ‘net neutrality’. They were afraid this would come at the expense of local businesses.
WeChat may soon appear in BMW cars in China
Online messaging in your car is a close possibility, if you’re driving a BMW in China. BMW AG has revealed that it plans to introduce Tencent’s WeChat into its cars in the country. The carmaker says this is coming in response to consumer requests for the app, which currently boasts roughly half a billion active users a month. Ford Motor has also said that its in talks with Tencent to integrate WeChat into their cars.
New business emerge out of Indonesia’s wave of social media ecommerce
Indonesia, the world’s 4th largest market for Facebook, and 5th for Twitter, is seeing innovative new businesses in social media ecommerce. Indonesian users on social networks have been buying and selling on platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. This phenomenon has seen a rise in unique ecommerce businesses that seek to harness this wave. Players such as Shopious, Kleora and Oiffel aggregate content from registered sellers’ Instagram profiles, helping them reach new audiences – a challenge previously faced by sellers.
Amazon aims to deliver groceries in just 2-4 hours in India
Tapping on local family-run convenience stores, known as kirana, Amazon is trying something new in India. With a new hyperlocal delivery service called Amazon KiranaNow, shoppers can get food and other essentials in just a few hours. This service is currently available only on mobile and in one city, Bangalore.