Flipkart Android App Goes Native
E-commerce major Flipkart has finally released a native version of its Android app on the Play Store. While the app was available earlier on the Play Store, it was essentially a webpage wrapped as an app.
When we checked, the app seems to offer the same features as its web version, although it does offer an additional feature of barcode scanning, which allows users to scan the barcodes of products to view their listings on Flipkart. It also offers a homescreen widget which showcases the current offers on the site.
Amazon India Adds Fashion Jewellery and Watches
Hot on the heels of launching four new categories earlier this week, Amazon India has now added two new categories – Fashion Jewellery and Watches. The company claims to offer more than 27,500 products across more than 180 brands and designers in this section. This includes brands like Gitanjali, Peora, Diovanni, Pretty Women, Sia and Toniq among others and designers like Isharya, Valliyan, Bansri, Maya and others.
In the watches section, Amazon India claims to offer more than 5,500 products from 50 brands including Casio, Timex, Titan, Fastrack, Fossil, Esprit, Tommy Hilfiger and others. Earlier this week, Amazon had stated that it plans to introduce Home and Kitchen products in the coming weeks.
Jonathan Bill Joins Reverie As Strategic Advisor
Jonathan Bill, Former SVP (Innovation & Business Development), Vodafone India has joined the board of Bangalore based Reverie Technologies. Reverie Technologies develops an Indic language framework for digital platforms including mobile phones, Digital TV and PCs. Last month, it had tied up with Samsung to offer Indic app Reverie Phonebook for free on the Samsung Appstore until December 31, 2013. It has also partnered with Datawind, Qualcomm, Indieon and MapMyIndia over the years to provide its language solutions.
Micromax To Preload BlackBerry Messenger On Canvas Phones
Indian device maker Micromax has partnered with BlackBerry to bundle the upcoming BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) on its new Canvas range of smartphones from the first week of October. BlackBerry Messenger is expected to be available from tomorrow on Android and the day after on iOS.
What’s interesting is that Micromax had also inked a similar deal with Bharti Softbank-backed messaging app Hike to bundle the app onto its flagship Android smartphone Canvas 4. However, its not clear if the deal was limited to Canvas 4 itself since Hike had then declined to comment on this deal to Medianama. Also remember that Micromax has its own messaging app called Hookup.
Airtel 4G Subscribers
India’s largest telco Airtel has a 4G userbase of 28,000 subscribers as of Q2 2013, reports TelecomLead. It says the number is based on the actual 4G data card shipment stats. Airtel spokesperson however has declined to comment on this to the publication.
Remember that Airtel has not disclosed any information on its 4G subscriber information in the previous quarter and the last number we have is of last September when the Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology, Milind Deora had mentioned that Airtel has been able to sign-up only 3,180 subscribers since launch.
Google Translate Adds Marathi Support To Its iOS App
Google Translate has released a new version of its iOS app, bringing along support for seven languages including Marathi, handwriting input in 49 languages and a redesigned user interface to coincide with the release of iOS 7.
Shopyourworld Raises Series A Investment
E-commerce venture Shopyourworld has raised an undisclosed amount in Series A investment led by the Singapore government arm National Research Foundation with participation from iGlobe Partners and WaveMaker Labs. The company plans to use the investment raised to improve its operational & procurement capabilities, technology and for marketing.
Founded in 2010, Shopyourworld is an e-commerce shop which offers products like books, movies, mobile phones, computers, fashion accessories and home & appliances among others. However, what separates them is that it primarily focuses on direct imports and allows users to buy products from International retailers which are not available in India yet. The company is headquartered in Singapore and has subsidiaries in the US, UK and India.
Coke Studio BlackBerry 10 App
Sony Music has partnered with BlackBerry to launch the official Coke Studio mobile app on BlackBerry 10 platform. The company says the app will allow users to listen and download songs from Coke Studio, view artist profiles & updates from featured artists and social sharing. The app is currently available as free download on BlackBerry World.
Videocon Mobile Services Rebranding
Videocon Group’s telecom subsdiary Videocon Mobile Services has rebranded itself as Videocon Telecom, reports The Economic Times. The company had secured 24 blocks of spectrum across six circles for Rs 2221.44 crore in the November 2G auctions and as per the latest TRAI numbers, it had 2.29 million subscribers as of May 2013, of which 1.39 million subscribers are active. The company is planning to roll out its 4G service on this spectrum in the next 10-12 months, as indicated by a separate ET report.