Here are all of the posts tagged ‘India’.
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.
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.