Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, an automobile manufacturing corporation, has launched a Hindi site for its new bike for its Mahindra Pantero. Interestingly, the Hindi version of the website is available only on mobile handsets and only the English version of the website can be access from the desktop. The website can be accessed by pointing your mobile browser at mahindrapantero.com.
The mobile site lists the bike features and specification, find a nearby dealer, allow users to apply for a test ride, and also check the price of the bike based on states.
MakeMyTrip, the online travel agent, has released an app called Trip Ideas. The app provides trip ideas around upcoming holidays and weekends. The app is available for download on Google’s Android platform, Apple’s iOS platform.
It also suggests events that take place around holidays and weekends. Another interesting feature is the holiday location calendar, which suggests the best time to visit a certain location. Users can flip through the holiday locations like a calendar for more suggestions. However, it only provides brief idea about the location. While the app provides the ability to share the location with network of friends on Facebook and Twitter, we were not able to share the location on Twitter. The app, even after granting authorization to our Twitter account, refused to add Twitter credentials to the app.
Trip Ideas also allows users to send a holiday query to MakeMyTrip through the app. For this, users will have to send a details such as destination name, user name, mobile number, email address, and their location details.
The app does what it claims, however, it needs to provides users to with more event suggestion. For example, the Kala Ghoda art festival is going around in Mumbai, however, the app does not mention it.
Redbus, the website that offers bus ticket bookings and distributions, has released its Android app for download. The app allows users to search and book bus tickets. It essentially provides all functionalities that its website has to offer.
Users can search, filter bus by time, fare and ratings, select seats and make payment. As for payment, the app accepts credit/debit card, net banking and Cash on Delivery. The company claims that the app provides 100% secured (SSL based) payment for credit
cards, debit cards and net banking.
The app was released on February 5, 2013. Interestingly, at the time of writing this article according to the Google Play Store download numbers the app has been installed only 100-500 times since launch, which seems unusually low. The website also does not inform users about its new Android app.
Apart from that, RedBus has also launched Virtual Bus Stop on its website, as reported by Nextbigwhat. RedBus has integrated a Google map that allows users to search for boarding point on the map. Apart from that, users can also get a 360 degree view of the boarding point.
Comviva, a provider of mobile Value Added Services (VAS), Mobile Money and Mobile Payment solution, has rebranded itself to Mahindra Comviva. In September 2012, Tech Mahindra had acquired a 51% stake on a fully diluted basis in Comviva Technologies for a value of Rs 260 crore.