Karbonn, Micromax and Spice get ready for festival sales push, to launch Android One phones for $100

BANGALORE: Phone makers and retailers have more than one reason to celebrate this festival season. With the launch of new devices and falling prices, this Diwali is being seen as a bumper season for smartphone sales. “We are thinking, let’s have the volumes ready. I’m sure it’s going to be a hit. The target is to catch Diwali,” said Sudhir Hasija, chairman of local smartphone brand Karbonn, which is gearing up to launch Android One phones in September. Brands like Micromax and Spic ..

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/karbonn-micromax-and-spice-get-ready-for-festival-sales-push-to-launch-android-one-phones-for-100/articleshow/41467281.cms

Why Xiaomi faces a catch-22 situation in India, and what it is doing about it

Tomorrow, Xiaomi’s Redmi 1S will go on sale for the first time in India. The plan is to sell 40,000 units in the flash sale on Flipkart, but well over 200,000 people have already registered for it, Manu Jain, Xiaomi’s India head, told Tech in Asia. 40,000 is not a small number to sell on the first day of sales but eager Mi fans on Xiaomi India’s Facebook page  have already started posting their disappointment over the huge gap between the demand and supply.

http://www.techinasia.com/xiaomi-faces-catch22-situation-india/

Micromax beats Apple for No. 2 spot in tablet sales in India

BANGALORE: Micromax has overtaken Apple to reach the number two spot in the tablet market in India, with 14% marketshare in the second quarter as the market is still trying to recover. As per IDC, strong performance in Q2 allowed Micromax to beat Apple to the second spot. With 9% market share, Apple stood at the third spot. More than 60% of the overall iPad volume is being supported by their iPad mini.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/micromax-beats-apple-for-no-2-spot-in-tablet-sales-in-india/articleshow/41419389.cms

Why Flipkart is shutting down its electronic wallet PayZippy

India’s ecommerce poster-boy Flipkart is shutting down its electronic wallet PayZippy, just over a year after it launched. “While we phase out our own payments product, PayZippy, nothing changes for our customers, who will continue to enjoy all the benefits of a safe and secure payment system through Flipkart,” a Flipkart spokesperson told Tech in Asia. The news was first reported by Medianama . With PayZippy, ecommerce merchants can accept payments from all credit and debit cards as well as use 53 net banking options.

http://www.techinasia.com/flipkart-shutting-electronic-wallet-payzippy/

Infosys, Wipro scout to pick up stake in startups, raise investment bankers’ hopes for more deals

BANGALORE| MUMBAI:Vishal Sikka at the helm of Infosy and Rishad Premji as head of strategy at Wipro scouting to pick up stake in startups focused on disruptive technologies have made investment bankers optimistic that country’s moribund outsourcing sector could see more deals in the coming months. However, both foreign and domestic bankers believe that the small acquisitions and partnerships would not be enough and a big buy-out has to be done before the rainmak .

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/infosys-wipro-scout-to-pick-up-stake-in-startups-raise-investment-bankers-hopes-for-more-deals/articleshow/41386291.cms

Big Data used mostly for Business Intelligence in India: Survey

MUMBAI: Majority of the decision makers in Indian enterprises have ranked Business Intelligence as the major use of Big Data. They also agree that cloud computing and Big Data can give significant impact for their business.  According to a survey by online education company Skillsoft, 65% of decision makers in India ranked business intelligence as the greatest benefit of leveraging Big Data — huge and complex data sets from various sources which are difficult to process.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Tech/IT-Services/Big-Data-used-mostly-for-Business-Intelligence-in-India-Survey/articleshow/41259724.cms

‘Cloud computing offers significant benefits for corporates’

Mumbai, Aug 29 (IANS) Majority of the decision makers in Indian corporates have ranked business intelligence as the major use of big data. They also agree that cloud computing and big data can give significant impact for their business. According to a survey by online education company Skillsoft, 65 percent of decision makers in India ranked business intelligence as the greatest benefit of leveraging big data – huge and complex data sets from various sources which are difficult to process.

http://www.ianslive.in/index.php?param=news/Cloud_computing_offers_significant_benefits_for_corporates-440833/BUSINESS/5

Indian price comparison site PriceBag raises $2M

Product discovery and price comparison engine PriceBag.com, owned by Gurgaon-based Accentium, raised US$2 million in funding from undisclosed angel investors. The investment will be used to further develop the site and market it, the company announced . India is a very price-conscious society, and consumers could do with a little help on finding the right prices online. So this is a natural market for review and comparison sites.

http://www.techinasia.com/pricebag-funding-2-million/

Xiaomi officially launches in Indonesia with Redmi 1S

Today popular Chinese gadget manufacturer Xiaomi  officially launches in Indonesia. Company heads Hugo Barra and Lin Bin flew to Jakarta and presented its first product for the country: the IDR 1.5 million (US$128) Redmi 1S. Surprisingly, that’s a bit cheaper compared to the selling price in neighboring Singapore (S$169 or US$136); gadgets are generally more expensive in Indonesia.

http://www.techinasia.com/xiaomi-redmi-indonesia-launch-official-lazada/

VMware sees huge opportunity in India

SAN FRANCISCO: US-based VMware, which makes virtualization software, said India’s large base of desktop users and a growing mobile phone market made it an important country for its new suite of products.  Announced at its annual VMworld conference this week, the company’s products and initiatives were aimed at moving beyond its core focus of server virtualization, a market which has seen much saturation in the past few years.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/software/vmware-sees-huge-opportunity-in-india/articleshow/41146035.cms

Can the £20 smartphone upset Google and Samsung?

Intel and Mozilla have collaborated on a cut-price smartphone which will go on sale in India for just 1,999 rupees (£19.90) in a bid to grab a slice of the country’s rapidly expanding market. The Intex Cloud FX uses Mozilla’s Firefox operating system and is powered by a 1GHz processor and memory which can be expanded to a 4GB limit. Users will also get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and dual-SIM slots.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/11061470/Can-the-20-smartphone-upset-Google-and-Samsung.html

Hike gets fresh $65M funding to take on WhatsApp in India

Free messaging app Hike, the Indian answer to WhatsApp, Line, and WeChat, has just raised its largest round of funding: US$65 million led by Tiger Global Management. Bharti SoftBank (BSB), a joint venture of Bharti Enterprises and Japan’s Softbank Corporation, also participated in the latest round. Earlier, Hike had raised US$7 million in 2013, and another US$14 million in April 2014 from BSB.

http://www.techinasia.com/hike-raises-65-million-funding-tiger-global/

Voices from India: How can Taiwan best tap the booming India handset market

There will be an estimated 250 million handsets sold in the India market in 2014, 35% of which will be smartphones, an increase from the 23% in 2013. However, with a population of 1.2 billion and an underdeveloped infrastructure in India has resulted in a complicated system for marketing handsets and offering after-sale service. To collect direct information on the India market, Digitimes interviewed four India-based handset-marketing companies in Chennai and New Delhi and invited India-based enterprises and Taiwan-based MediaTek and Delta Electronics to attend two India-Taiwan business symposiums.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140826PD204.html

Air India’s server crashes on heavy traffic

Air India’s decision to celebrate its first-ever ‘Air India Day’ with a ticket for Rs.100 offer backfired as its server crashed due to ‘unprecedented’ traffic witnessed on Wednesday as lakhs of people accessed its website http://www.airindia.com to grab the unbelievable offer. The site was down from 11 a.m. or before said people who tried desperately to be the first ones to avail themselves of tickets at such a low price. Airline officials said they were not prepared for handling such a huge rush and it would take some time to rectify the problem. Till late evening the site was not accessible.

http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/air-indias-server-crashes-on-heavy-traffic/article6357418.ece

Gaining an advantage in emerging markets: Q&A with India-based handset player Micromax

Sales of handsets in the India market reached 61.07 million units in the first quarter of 2014, with smartphones accounting for 17.59 million units or 28.8%. Notably, smartphone sales showed a 186% on-year growth in the first quarter compared to a 31% growth recorded in China, indicating rising growth momentum in India, according to IDC. The market research firm expects smartphone sales in India to top 80.57 million units in 2014, with a CAGR of over 40% in the next five years.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140822PD213.html

Instant messenger app Hike gets $65 million from Tiger Global, other investors

NEW DELHI: About a decade and half after Sunil Mittal’s Bharti Airtel raised $60 million from Warburg Pincus, Hike, the instant messenger app company founded by his son Kavin, has raised $65 million from foreign investors led by New York-based Tiger Global.  “I raised my first $60 million at age 42, Kavin has done it at 26. Sign of a changing India. A youthful and tech savvy India. A big congratulations to Kavin and his stellar team at Hike,” Sunil Mittal told ET.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/instant-messenger-app-hike-gets-65-million-from-tiger-global-other-investors/articleshow/40959805.cms

India government looks forward to cooperating with Taiwan to develop local handset industry

During Digitimes president Colley Hwang’s recent trip to India, he had the opportunity to meet with various government and industry leaders, including Shri R.S. Sharma, secretary (Electronics and Information Technology), Ministry of Communications & IT and Ajay Kumar, joint secretary, Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeiTY) – two high ranking officers in the government unit that promotes and handles India’s handset industry development – in order to gain and provide more insight into the potential for closer ties between Taiwan and India in developing India’s local handset industry.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140825PD210.html

Android One set for India debut in september; Micromax, Karbonn ready to launch smartphones

NEW DELHI: Android One, the Google project that promises rich smartphone experience on low-cost devices, faces its first big test when Micromax, Karbonn and Spice launch products based on it in India early next month. The three Indian manufactures are set to price the handsets between Rs 7,000 and Rs 10,000, which is higher than the initially expected sub-$100 (Rs 6,000) tag. At this price, these devices – at least one each initially from the vendors – would give the same experience of  ..

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/android-one-set-for-india-debut-in-september-micromax-karbonn-ready-to-launch-smartphones/articleshow/40876824.cms

Firefox phones arriving in India

MUMBAI, Aug 26 — The Cloud FX will be the first smartphone offered to the country’s consumers to run a cost-effective alternative to Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS operating systems. In terms of specifications, the handset, built by Intex Technologies specifically for the Indian market, is not going to give the iPhone a run for its money. It has a 3.5-inch screen, a 1 GHz processor and no front-facing camera. But that’s not the point; the point is the handset’s operating system which is open and created in a language that pretty much all web designers and developers are familiar with — HTML5.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/firefox-phones-arriving-in-india

Evernote scouts for partnerships with Indian software makers

BANGALORE: Silicon Valley start-up Evernote is scouting for partnerships in India as the notetaking app maker prepares to open its first office in its third fastest growing market after the US and China. On his maiden India visit, Evernote chief strategy officer Ken Gullicksen told ET that the company is in talks with Indian software makers to forge strategic alliances.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/evernote-scouts-for-partnerships-with-indian-software-makers/articleshow/40884389.cms