Uber and Whatsapp meet school buses: how an app is keeping India’s children safe

IndiaTech in Asia — As Ashuvinder Ahuja says, epiphanies happen at very strange times. He got his in the middle of scorching Delhi heat, and it involved watching his wife wait for a school bus. “I was working from home, and I could see my wife waiting outside,” the George Mason alum told Tech in Asia. He has previously worked for user engagement company WebEngage and data protection software company Druva.

https://www.techinasia.com/uber-meets-whatsapp-meets-school-buses-app-keeping-indias-children-safe

WhatsApp offers end-to-end message encryption

APACIT News — Facebook has bolstered the default encryption settings for more than one billion users of its popular WhatsApp messaging service so that all messages will now be accessible only to the sender and recipient. The update arrives amid a heightened international debate over how much access law enforcement should have to digital communications and follows a high-profile showdown between Apple and the FBI over an iPhone linked to one of the San Bernardino shooters.

http://www.itnews.com.au/news/whatsapp-offers-end-to-end-message-encryption-417809

Women’s safety on mind, cops create WhatsApp group, from IN

IndiaTimes of India — Noida: A WhatsApp group, Women Safety-Noida Police, was created by the Noida police for women’s safety on Tuesday. The City superintendent of police, Dinesh Yadav, made an appeal to women to share a message on WhatsApp (mobile No. 8800199921) on whatever problem – related to safety or any other inconvenience – they face while commuting to work in Noida.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/noida/Womens-safety-on-mind-cops-create-WhatsApp-group/articleshow/50926654.cms?

Who will be the WeChat of India? And what will it do to Flipkart and Snapdeal?

IndiaTech in Asia — The trend of buying things through chat has taken off in such a big way in China that some wonder if it’s a sign that chat commerce will pose a threat to conventional ecommerce around the world. The prime example of this trend is WeChat, China’s most popular messaging app that just turned five years old. Some of our writers have spent entire days using nothing but the chat app – and have all lived to tell the tale.

https://www.techinasia.com/wechat-india-flipkart-snapdeal

Bangladesh lifts ban on Facebook

BangladeshTimes of India — DHAKA: Bangladesh on Thursday lifted a ban on Facebook, three weeks after it was imposed for security reasons in the tense country, but mobile messaging apps remained barred, the telecoms minister said. The government ordered Facebook, WhatsApp and Viber blocked last month after two opposition leaders lost their appeals against the death penalty for war crimes committed during the 1971 independence conflict.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Bangladesh-lifts-ban-on-Facebook/articleshow/50122628.cms

Facebook, WhatsApp most popular apps in India: Report

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Social networking giant Facebook and mobile messaging service WhatsApp have retained their positions as the ‘most popular applications’ among Indians this year, says a new report. Besides, Truecaller and UC Browser also figure among the top-five most popular mobile applications among Indians, as per the study conducted by WhichApp, a mobile app that helps users discover new applications that their friends use.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Facebook-WhatsApp-most-popular-apps-in-India-Report/articleshow/50070351.cms

Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber blocked ‘indefinitely’ in Bangladesh

BangladeshTech in Asia — The Bangladeshi government has moved to block six social apps – Facebook, Messenger, Line, WhatsApp, Viber, and Tango – citing security reasons stemming from its decision to award the death penalty to two opposition leaders. The decision came after the country’s Supreme Court upheld an earlier ruling to execute the pair for crimes committed during the 1971 war, reports DW.

https://www.techinasia.com/facebook-whatsapp-viber-blocked-indefinitely-bangladesh/

Indonesia’s trade minister practically runs his ministry on WhatsApp

IndonesiaTech in Asia — Thomas Lembong, the newly-appointed Indonesian trade minister, is a gadget head. He uses WhatsApp and loves his iPhone. But there’s a hidden dimension to this. “I shared with the team at [WhatsApp owner] Facebook that I run my ministry on WhatsApp,” says Lembong, who spoke on stage at Tech in Asia Jakarta 2015. He recently made a trip to Silicon Valley to pitch Indonesia to big tech companies.

https://www.techinasia.com/indonesias-trade-minister-runs-ministry-whatsapp/

WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app in India: Survey

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Facebook remains the most popular social networking site in India, while WhatsApp tops the list of instant messaging (IM) apps, according to report by global research consultancy firm TNS. As per the findings of ‘Connected Life’ — a global study of the digital attitudes and behaviours of 60,500 internet users across 50 countries, 55% are on instant messaging every day.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/WhatsApp-is-the-most-popular-messaging-app-in-India-Survey/articleshow/49242341.cms

4 in 5 Singaporeans use social media for customer feedback

SingaporeEnterprise Innovation — Tech-savvy Singaporean consumers are enthusiastic about contacting organizations through a variety of channels as they would their family or friends – through video calls, social media or instant messenger, according to a new study from BT and Avaya. The study covered 5,500 respondents from over 10 countries, mainly consumers who do copious amounts of online research and investigation before making buying decisions, and prefer to interact with organizations on their own terms.

http://enterpriseinnovation.net/article/4-5-singaporeans-use-social-media-customer-feedback-711948090

Singtel takes fight to Whatsapp by launching its own chat app

SingaporeSingtel, Singapore’s largest telco, has launched a Whatsapp competitor called Wavee. The free-to-use app promises high-quality voice and video calls and the ability to send instant messages. It claims to be the first telco in Southeast Asia to launch something like this. The app is available worldwide on the Google Play and Apple App Store. It does not allow advertising. While using Whatsapp can rake up data costs, Singtel will waive all local data charges for people who use Wavee on Singtel’s postpaid and prepaid mobile plans. The offer lasts till July 9, 2015.

https://www.techinasia.com/singtel-takes-fight-whatsapp-launching-chat-app/

Malaysian workers all for the cloud, WhatsApp most popular IM app

MalaysiaA STAGGERING 92% of workers in Malaysia have used at least one tool enabling remote working in the previous month, according to a survey of over 44,000 senior business people across more than 100 countries by global workplace provider Regus. This figure is also significantly higher than the global average of 86%, Regus said in a statement.

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/mobile-telco/malaysian-workers-all-for-the-cloud-whatsapp-most-popular-im-app

Is China Mobile Now Competing With Whatsapp And Wechat?

Chinese information technology solutions provider Ultrapower’s wholly-owned subsidiary is helping China’s biggest mobile provider compete with instant messaging apps like Facebook’s Whatsapp, Tencent’s Wechat, and Apple’s iMessage. Feinno Communication Tech, the Ultrapower subsidiary, has signed an agreement with China Mobile Guangdong branch to develop a customized platform and apps for the personal converged communications system project being created by the China Mobile branch.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2015/01/13/21332-is-china-mobile-now-competing-with-whatsapp-and-wechat

Whatsapp most used messaging app in India, followed by Facebook Messenger: Study

NEW DELHI: Facebook-owned WhatsApp is the top messaging application in India with 52% market share, followed by Facebook Messenger with 42%, Skype with 37% and WeChat with 26% share, according to GlobalWebIndex (GWI) study. Viber stood at fifth spot with 18% share and Line stood at sixth position with 12%.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/whatsapp-most-used-messaging-app-in-india-followed-by-facebook-messenger-study/articleshow/45298895.cms

Trai examining Bharti Airtel’s special deals on Facebook and WhatsApp

NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel’s data packages offering access to Facebook and WhatsApp for fixed but nominal amounts are being examined by the telecom regulator to determine whether they amount to “preferential access” for such services, an issue at the heart of the debate on net neutrality, a concept recently backed by US President Barack Obama.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/trai-examining-bharti-airtels-special-deals-on-facebook-and-whatsapp/articleshow/45265212.cms

Is WhatsApp replacing Blackberry Messenger as Indonesia’s dominant chat app?

At a Mobile Marketing Association forum event in Jakarta today, Indonesian telco XL Axiata released data that confirms WhatsApp is the most dominant chat app used by its domestic customers. Based on slides presented at the event, WhatsApp accounts for nearly 70 percent of its customers’ daily chat app usage, while Line accounts for 39 percent, WeChat clocks in at 35 percent, and Blackberry Messenger (BBM) holds 9 percent.

https://www.techinasia.com/indonesia-mobile-marketing-association-whatsapp-blackberry-messenger-bbm/

Hike and WeChat fill TVs with commercials, but WhatsApp stays on top with 70 million active users in India

Asian messaging apps like Hike of India, Line from Japan, and WeChat from China have been making big inroads into a growing smartphone crowd – but the big daddy of them all WhatsApp remains comfortably perched on top in India. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) -owned WhatsApp now has 70 million active users (MAUs) in India, out of a total global user base of 600 million. WhatsApp’s business head Neeraj Arora announced the latest figures at the INK Conference in Mumbai, PTI reported.

https://www.techinasia.com/whatsapp-stays-on-top-70-million-active-users-india/

WhatsApp user-base crosses 70 million in India

MUMBAI: Mobile messenger service WhatsApp’s user base in India has grown to 70 million active-users, which is over a 10th of its global users, its business head Neeraj Arora said today. “We have 70 million active-users here who use the application at least once a month,” Arora, a vice-president with WhatsApp, said at the fifth annual INK Conference here.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/software/whatsapp-user-base-crosses-70-million-in-india/articleshow/45012742.cms

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/

TRAI decides against charging WhatsApp, Viber customers

NEW DELHI, INDIA: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has decided against a proposal of carriers to charge customers for using popular messaging services like WhatsApp, Viber, Skype and others. The carriers had proposed to make companies that offer these popular services share part of their revenue with them or the government. The Trai has also shelved plans to initiate a consultation process as it feels that operators are able to offset their losses through growth in data revenue.

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/219191/trai-decides-charging-whatsapp-viber-customers

WhatsApp doubles its numbers in India in past 6 months, now has 50 million active users

WhatsApp is reinforcing its stance as the world’s top messaging app today with a bunch of new numbers that show how it’s still growing. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) owned WhatsApp now has 500 million monthly active users (MAUs) and, according to its blog, the app has “grown fastest in countries like Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia.”

http://www.techinasia.com/whatsapp-india-active-users-50-million/

3 ways WhatsApp can help Facebook grow

The internet was abuzz with major acquisitions in recent weeks ranging from Viber’s acquisition by Rakuten to the WhatsApp acquisition by Facebook. In particular there has been significant commentary on how the WhatsApp acquisition may create growth for Facebook. From TNS’ point of view – we know growth comes in different flavors. Take new user acquisition for example: it makes a whole lot of sense for Facebook if WhatsApp users belong to a younger generation, as this segment typically represents active and engaged social media users.Using data from TNS Mobile Life 2013, we will explore three dimensions of acquired growth for WhatsApp and Facebook under this new relationship.

http://www.techinasia.com/3-ways-whatsapp-facebook-grow/

Battling WhatsApp in India, Hike grows to 15 million users

There’s even more focus on messaging apps this week after Facebook’s buy-up of WhatsApp. The acquisition has also highlighted the many strong alternatives that there are to WhatsApp, especially across Asia, such as Line, Viber, KakaoTalk, and WeChat, who collectively have over a billion registered users. Some Asian nations have homegrown challengers as well. In India there’s Hike app. It launched in September 2012. Kavin Mittal, from the Bharti Softbank (BSB) incubator that runs Hike, tells us that Hike has now grown to 15 million registered users. Mittal says that number has grown by a factor of three in the past nine months.

http://www.techinasia.com/hike-app-reaches-15-million-users-mostly-in-india/

WhatsApp “free” usage could change very soon in Indonesia

Amidst the huge news surrounding Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp today, there’s one thing that Indonesians such as me are asking: “Will WhatsApp still be free here?” Yes, you can use WhatsApp for over a year and it’s still free in Indonesia, with no need to pay the usual annual subscription fee. I am one of WhatsApp’s users in Indonesia who, thanks to the company’s kindness, has not paid a dime so far. I’ve been using WhatsApp for free for over a year on my Windows Phone. Among all the friends I’ve asked today, a lot of them haven’t paid anything for WhatsApp either on other platforms like iOS, Android, and BlackBerry. A couple of my friends say they received notifications instructing them to pay, but then when the deadline passed, they received another notification saying that their “grace period” had been extended.

http://www.techinasia.com/whatsapp-payment-free-indonesia/