LG launches smartphone ‘G3 Beat’ for Rs 25,000 in India

NEW DELHI: Korean electronics major LG today expanded its smartphone portfolio with the launch of its new ‘G3 Beat’, priced at Rs 25,000 in India. “The consumer today wants the best of the features at an affordable price and with G3 beat, LG is offering one of the best device with premium features in this price range. After the successful launch of LG G3, we are now offering its sibling to our customers,” LG Mobiles India Marketing Head Amit Gujral said.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/software/lg-launches-smartphone-g3-beat-for-rs-25000-in-india/articleshow/42730078.cms

Business insights provider Nielsen acquires Indian analytics firm

Indicus mines custom economic insights using analytics and data products. It provides information about the economy and consumers at extremely granular levels – specific to city, district, and neighborhood. Within this, the information is further segmented into income groups. The firm was founded in 2000 by Dr Laveesh Bhandari, who holds a PhD in economics from Boston University and has taught economics there and at IIT, Delhi. Indicus’ methodologies include patent-pending algorithms that are capable of distilling insights from the data.

http://www.techinasia.com/nielsen-acquires-indian-company-indicus-analytics/

Spice launches two new services

CALCUTTA: In an effort to increase the popularity of WAP services among its customers, Spice Telecom has introduced two new services. The first service – Planet Spice – allows Spice customers access information from the Internet. This service, a wireless Internet Portal developed by its in-house R&D team, is based on wireless Internet technology. The other service, Post Me, enables customers to receive and send messages of up to 164 characters to any other Spice customers irrespective of the hand-set type. This person to person (P2P) service is based on an SMS (Small Mail Service) platform acquired from Nokia that enables the passage of messages within seconds.

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/115521/spice-launches-services

Infosys partners with China’s Huawei for cloud-based services

Infosys Ltd, India’s second-biggest IT services provider, said it had signed a partnership agreement with Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to offer enterprise customers cloud computing services. Infosys also said it had expanded existing cloud computing partnerships with Microsoft Corp and a Hitachi Ltd unit. Infosys, led by chief executive Vishal Sikka, has been planning to boost investment in cloud computing, smartphone apps and other new technologies to win more high-margin outsourcing contracts.

http://www.thestar.com.my/Tech/Tech-News/2014/09/18/Infosys-partners-with-Chinas-Huawei-for-cloud-based-services/

India shows record growth in mobile advertising

Asia Pacific is the fastest growing region in mobile advertising, with India as the most powerful driver in the market. Its mobile-ad impression volume has grown 260 percent since July 2013. This is primarily due to the rapid, nation-wide shift from feature phones to smart devices, which is dominated almost entirely by the Android platform (41.7 percent share, as compared to iOS’ 0.4 percent share).

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/india-shows-record-growth-in-mobile-advertising/

India’s biometric ID project is back on track

The new Indian government has indicated strong support for a controversial project to require residents to have biometric IDs in order to collect government benefits, setting a target of 1 billion enrollments by 2015. The status of the project was in doubt when a new federal government was voted in last May, as the winning Bharatiya Janata Party had said during the election campaign that it would review the program. The new target signals the new government’s backing of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which was largely seen as a project of the previous government led by the Congress party.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/indias-biometric-id-project-is-back-on-track/

How tax query to Amazon opens a Pandora’s box for ecommerce in India

Tax authorities in Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka state, are looking into why Amazon India does not pay value-added taxes – as required under the VAT Act, 2003 – on goods stored in its warehouses. The investigation was first reported by Deccan Herald late last month. Now the matter has escalated. The Enforcement Directorate has issued notices to a number of vendors and stopped the sale of their products from Amazon’s warehouses, Mint reports.

http://www.techinasia.com/amazon-tax-mess-opens-pandoras-box-for-ecommerce-india/

MediaTek plans to use India as a springboard to scale up in US and Europe

NEW DELHI: Smartphone chipmaker MediaTek will leverage its Android One partnership with Google and use India as a springboard to scale up its presence in the developed markets of US and Europe, where rival Qualcomm has a dominant position. As part of a broader plan with Google, an array of smartphones, including those supporting LTE, a standard for highspeed mobile data, will be launched in India as the associated network develops towards the beginning of next year, Mohit Bhushan, vice president and general manager, US corporate marketing for MediaTek, told ET.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/42668267.cms

Insyde to see increasing orders for Intel-based white-box tablets

Taiwan-based BIOS designer Insyde Software is expected to benefit from orders for Intel-based Android white-box tablets, as the CPU giant gradually expands its presence in the Android tablet market, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Intel is aiming to ship 40 million tablet processors in 2014 and Insyde, which is an Intel-invested company, has received strong orders for related tablet BIOS recently and will start seeing its revenues benefit in the fourth quarter.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140915PD216.html

Messaging app Hike aims to reach 100 million users next year

NEW DELHI: Targetting youth under 25, instant messaging application hike messenger is aiming to reach 100 million customers by the end of next year.  “We have reached a user base of 35 million in August, with 15 million additions in just two months, and are targetting to reach 100 million in the next 12-18 months,” Hike Founder and CEO Kavin Bharti Mittal told PTI.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/42633681.cms

Expect 2 million Android One handsets to be sold in 2014: MediaTek

NEW DELHI: Buoyed by the initial response to Android One smartphones, chip maker MediaTek today said it expects as many as two million handsets to be sold this year in India, the world’s second largest market for mobile phones.  The Taiwan-headquartered company has partnered with US-based tech giant Google on Android One, an initiative to provide a family of high-quality, yet affordable Android devices for consumers in emerging markets like India.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/42630601.cms

BSNL, Micromax partner to drive data usage in India

NEW DELHI: Micromax, India’s second largest samrtphone player, Tuesday partnered with state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to drive data growth in the country.  Under this partnership, Micromax and BSNL will extend unique reverse bundling handset offers of free data usage of up to 2GB per quarter to the Indian consumers.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/42642774.cms

YouTube to go offline in India on Android phones

NEW DELHI, Sept 15 — YouTube users in India will soon be able to save videos from the Google-owned service, making it possible to watch them offline, and the feature will eventually be available globally, the company said today. The feature will be available through the YouTube app on Google’s new US$105 (RM339)-Android One smartphones unveiled in New Delhi today. “YouTube will be available offline soon, starting with India,” Google India communications manager Gaurav Bhaskar told AFP.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/youtube-to-go-offline-in-india-on-android-phones

Google Unveils 3 Budget Smartphones for Android One

Google announced the first three smartphones that will be part of Android One, the company’s initiative to bring affordable Android smartphones to developing markets. Each of the three devices, manufactured by Micromax, Spice and Karbonn, has a 4.5-inch display and will first ship in India. The phones will also come to Indonesia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka by the end of the year; Google said it would make Android One available in more countries next year.

http://mashable.com/2014/09/15/android-one-smartphones/

Indian IT companies battle it out for Rs 11,000 crore deals in Australia

BANGALORE: Indian IT companies will be fiercely competing with MNCs for five big IT contracts in Australia valued at over A$2 billion (Rs 11,000 crore). Infosys, Wipro, TCSBSE and HCL Technologies are participating alongside IBM, HP and Capgemini in request for information (RFI) and request for proposal (RFP) for incremental IT outsourcing work coming from Sydney Water, Rio Tinto, Jetstar, Aurizon and Transport for NSW, said an Australian IT consultancy firm that did not want to be named.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/indian-it-companies-battle-it-out-for-rs-11000-crore-deals-in-australia/articleshow/42513097.cms

Flipkart, Snapdeal, Amazon to battle it out for Android One market

NEW DELHI: Competition in the booming multi billion dollar Indian smartphone market is further set to intensify with e-commerce giants Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal all set to launch Google’s much-awaited sub-USD 100 (around Rs 6,000) handsets tomorrow. Google is launching the Android One devices in India tomorrow.  In June this year, the US-based tech giant had announced the ‘Android One’ initiative to bring in under-USD 100 handsets aimed at bringing the next one billion population to the Android operating system ecosystem.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/flipkart-snapdeal-amazon-to-battle-it-out-for-android-one-market/articleshow/42453928.cms

Indian Marriage Registrations Going Online

The Dehli government’s revenue department plans to launch an online system for citizens to register their marriages. The portal is currently being trialled and, within a year, more services will be added, according to local news media reports. District offices will also have kiosks to allow those without the internet to register. The plan is for digital certificates to be provided in the long-term. There are also plans for birth and death certificates, as well as citizenship and residency forms.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/sep/12/indian-marriage-registrations-going-online/

GoDaddy Celebrates Its Second Anniversary In India

GURGAON: GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, today announced the completion of its second year of operations in India. The company has already exhibited phenomenal success in the market. Providing stellar customer care is at the core of GoDaddy’s global strategy. “With millions of small businesses forming the backbone of India’s economy, it is a very exciting market for us. We believe small businesses will continue to drive Internet penetration in India, and we will continue to make the Web relevant for them,” said Rajiv Sodhi, Vice President and Managing Director, GoDaddy India.

http://news.siliconindia.com/technology/GoDaddy-Celebrates-Its-Second-Anniversary-In-India-nid-172485-cid-2.html

Rs 800-crore centre to help people check malware in computers

NEW DELHI: Amid growing use of IT, the government today said it will step up cyber security measures under Digital India programme starting with a Rs 800 crore centre that will help people check and clean their computer system from viruses and other malwares. “We are going to make national cyber coordination centre at an estimated cost of Rs 800 crore. For this we are carrying out inter-ministerial consultation… It will have capability to tell you that your computer system is infected and will clean that infection as well,” Telecom and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a conference on 100-days performance of his ministry.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/rs-800-crore-centre-to-help-people-check-malware-in-computers/articleshow/42397377.cms

India’s biometric ID project is back on track

The new Indian government has indicated strong support for a controversial project to require residents to have biometric IDs in order to collect government benefits, setting a target of 1 billion enrollments by 2015. The status of the project was in doubt when a new federal government was voted in last May, as the winning Bharatiya Janata Party had said during the election campaign that it would review the program. The new target signals the new government’s backing of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which was largely seen as a project of the previous government led by the Congress party.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/indias-biometric-id-project-is-back-on-track/