Here are all of the posts tagged ‘India’.
YouTube offers offline playback for India, Indonesia and Philippines
The latest update from YouTube’s Android app allows users in India, Indonesia and Philippines to watch videos offline. The update aims to provide a buffer-free video experience for those without high-speed mobile data access. YouTube videos can be saved to users’ devices and played from an offline mode of the app without an internet connection for up to 48 hours.
Viber launched Viber games
Chat app Viber has rolled out Viber games, which allow users to play games into the app using their Viber ID. The launch lineup includes games similar to ‘Candy Crush Saga’ as well as a bubble shooter game. It seems Viber is trying to replicate the success of its counterparts, Line and WeChat, who have been successful in generating huge revenue from in-app games. It will be interesting to see how Viber’s new strategy will impact the landscape of chat apps.
Tencent to distribute HBO movies and dramas online in China
Time Warner Inc’s HBO has inked a deal with internet giant Tencent to distribute its TV dramas and movies through the Chinese online video site. This partnership could see HBO expanding its audience through Tencent‘s massive social networks user base, as well as combating the rampant piracy issues in China.
India was the fastest growing smartphone market in APAC in Q3
India observed exceptional smartphone growth in Asia-Pacific, with a quarter-on-quarter increase of close to 27% in Q3 of 2014m reported the International Data Corporation (IDC). The countries smartphone shipments stood at 23.3m units, recording a year-on-year growth of 82% compared to Q3 2013. This is a new high in smartphone shipments in the quarter and has been attributed to festive demand.
Messaging app Line removes 15 games from its lineup
In its second clean up in six months, Japanese messaging Line has once again purged its game offerings, this time removing 15 titles – about half of the titles on its games platform. This move was made to “focus its resources on titles that are enjoying greater growth in order to further propel the service as a global gaming platform.”
Line tries to break into the US market with chat stickers
In a bid to popularise its messaging app in the United States, Line has launched a sticker-designing contest for artists. According to Line, the U.S.-focused contest has brought in more than 10,000 sticker submissions and 500 million votes since it was launched in late September. There are currently more than 25 million registered Line users are in the U.S., but it is not known how many are active.
WhatsApp remains top messaging app in India
For the first time, a billion people in India are going online using their smartphones. Messaging apps like Hike and WeChat have started advertising early to gain the attention of this growing smartphone crowd in India. Hike announced that it reached 35 million registered users in August, at the same time that it received its largest round of funding. Despite the competition, WhatsApp takes the lead in India, with 70 million active users, a 20 million increase in just 6 months.
Path’s potential comeback starts in Indonesia
Despite what seemed to be a crisis for Path last fall, Path is set to make a comeback by growing its social network in Indonesia, a market that make up a fifth of its global user base. With a new office in Indonesia and over US$ 77 million in fundings, Path’s continued success in the market will prove beneficial not just for the company, but for Indonesia as well.
Brands get spooky on social for Halloween
On Friday, everyone wanted a piece of the Halloween fun, and, as always, brands were no exception. Here’s our favourite from Lenovo *wink*.
Line announces slew of new services
After news last week that Line will offer a personal finance app by Spring 2015, the company’s COO has announced at the Line Conference Tokyo 2014 that it is offering even more services. Driven by the company’s vision to become “the smartphone gateway for your life”, Line is offering a new payment application (Line Pay), a taxi-booking service (Line Taxi) and a delivery service (Line Wow).
Line Pay will allow users to purchase items on their mobile devices or PCs, but also includes the ability to transfer cash to each other without providing their bank account information. Line Pay, Line Taxi and Line Wow will be rolled out in Japan first, with global rollout expected as early as next year.
In addition, the company also revealed that it currently has 170 million monthly active users, out of 560 million registered users. Based on the number of registered users, its top 5 regions are Japan (54M), Thailand (33M), Indonesia (30M), Spain (18M) and Taiwan (17M).
Luxury brands using WhatsApp to reach consumers in India
Cartier, Armani, Diesel and other luxury brands are now using WhatsApp to promote, sell and offer aftersales services to its consumers in India. The instant messaging app allows these brands to offer personalised services by sending pictures, videos and other promotional materials, resulting in conversion rates that reach as high as 80%. In August 2014, WhatsApp was reported to have 60 million monthly active users in India.
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LINE’s user-generated stickers received US$12 million in sales
Earlier this year, LINE allowed users to create and register their own stickers. Since going live in mid-April, over 1.7 million sticker sets have been created and within three and a half months, have generated almost US$12 million (SGD$1.5 million) in sales revenue.
WeChat driving change in China’s app ecosystem
China’s app ecosystem is fast expanding, as consumers increasingly spend on apps. Notably, China was ranked the third largest contributor to iOS revenue. Junde Yu, Asia-Pacific Vice-President of app-ranking firm App Annie, noted that the key driver of this change is WeChat. With 438 million users actively using the platform to interact with other users and even play games, WeChat has been responsible for this behavioural change in Chinese mobile users.
‘Twitter for voice’ app Bubbly sold to Indian mobile services firm
Amidst the speculation of the future of Bubbly, the company has announced that it has been acquired by an India-based mobile company, Altruist Technologies. Bubbly is intended to be used alongside Altruist’s one-to-one messaging platforms and will be cross-promoted and its resources shared. However, even with the deal, Bubbly will remain an independent business.
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