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Google’s vice-president for South East Asia and India, Rajan Anandan has been appointed new chairman of Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI).

 

He took over charge from FreeCharge’s co-founder and chief executive officer Kunal Shah.

MakeMyTrip Chairman & Group CEO Deep Kalra has taken over as vice chairman from music app Saavn co-founder and President Vinodh Bhat.

Facebook’s Managing Director – India & South Asia, Umang Bedi has been elected as the new Treasurer of the Association. Subho Ray continues to be the President of the Association, IAMAI said in a statement.

The tenure of the new council is for two years.

“Anandan assumes office at a time when the industry is going through a growth trajectory with more than 400 million Internet users and with more than 300 million mobile Internet users,” the statement said.

In rural India, with an estimated population of 906 million, have only 156 million Internet users.
“Thus, there are potential 750 million users still in rural heartlands; if only they can be reached out properly. Thus, the new council will work towards increasing the Internet users’ base, especially in rural areas,” the statement said.

Another key focus area of work for the new council would be the promotion of local language content. Currently, much of the content on the Internet is in English. English language accounts for nearly 56 percent of the content on the worldwide web, while Indian languages account for less than 0.1 percent, the statement said.

Enabling Indic content on the Internet will lead to a growth of 39 percent with the current Internet user base of India.

IAMAI, which helps Internet based firms in handling industry and policy issues, said that the new council would also work towards promoting the digital startup ecosystem in India.

“The Council believes that apps economy in India will drive the next level of Internet growth, along with Indic. With over 300 million mobile Internet users and more than 200 million local language consumers on the Internet, the growth trajectory for apps development is bound to be exponential,” IAMAI said.

The companies in the new council include Times Internet, OLX, Policy Bazaar, Yatra, Paytm, Hungama, Mobikwik, Indiamart, Itzcash and Pepperfry.

 
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Paytm Payments Bank, which got the final approval from the Reserve Bank in January, hopes to start operations by the month-end, Paytm founder and chief executive Vijay Shekhar Sharma said in Mumbai on Friday.

“If the RBI blesses us, we will be able to have our bank by this month-end. Banking must be made available to everyone, the money that the customer puts in isn’t a liability but an asset,” Sharma said at the India Today Conclave in Mumbai.

Stating that banking in the present form is outdated, he said, “Versace suits will not change the banking model. Our payments bank will be built on a new model that will be focussed on bringing financial services to the hundreds of millions of unserved/under-served.”

Taking a swipe at the way banks have dealt with loans given to industrialists and especially in dealing with the big-ticket defaulters, Sharma said, “the present financial system penalises a sincere person, but if someone speaks the language of those in the corridors of power, he takes a loan of hundreds of crores and fails to pay it back, he will still manage to live in London or such locales.”
Sharma expressed belief that with greater penetration of mobile Internet connectivity, his business will grow further.

Paytm currently has about 21.5 crore subscribers, Sharma said adding as against this SBI has 20.7 subscribers. Paytm does about 20 crore transactions a month, while according to RBI data, all other e-wallets put together do 19 crore transactions.

“You can undermine a business but not a technology; it is a tsunami,” he said on online payments and smart phones. To further deepen this, we need better Internet network and telecom connections, he added.
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The telecom tribunal on Thursday did not stay Reliance Jio’s free promotional offer, but asked regulator TRAI to “re-examine” issues relating to the approval granted to the operator to continue with the freebies.

The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), in its order on Thursday, asked TRAI to apprise it of the “outcome and findings of the examination” within two weeks.

TDSAT last week had reserved the order on an interim appeal seeking a stay on Reliance Jio’s free offer after hearing all the parties concerned, including TRAI, incumbent operators Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular, and newcomer Jio.

In its interim appeal, Airtel had sought a stay on TRAI’s approval to Jio to continue with the free services. It had also sought a direction to the regulator to produce all the records related to its decision.

The appeal also sought to restrain Jio from providing its consumers the zero tariff plan and promotional plans. Jio had launched the inaugural free voice and data plan in September last year, and in December, extended the freebies till March 31, 2017.

Following this, the existing players such as Airtel and Idea moved the telecom tribunal against TRAI for letting the new operator continue the free promotional offer beyond the stipulated 90 days.
The operators criticised the regulator for being a “mute spectator” to the alleged violations.

On January 31, TRAI had held that Jio’s free voice calling and data plan were not violation of the regulatory guidelines.

TRAI had further said its examination had revealed that. the ‘Happy New Year Offer’ launched by Jio on December 4, 2016, is distinct from its earlier Jio Welcome Offer and could not be treated as an extension of the promotional offer as the benefits under both differed.

Recently, Jio announced that it will start charging for its mobile services from April 1.

Last month, Jio said its existing subscribers and new customers who come on board by March 31 can continue to enjoy unlimited benefits of its Happy New Year Offer for one more year (till March 31, 2018) by paying a one-time fee of Rs. 99 and thereafter Rs. 303 a month.

 

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The Honor 6X (Review), which was launched in the country last week with registrations for the first sale opening on the same day, has gone on sale via Amazon India on Thursday at 2pm IST. The smartphone was launched in two variants in India – 3GB RAM + 32GB inbuilt storage priced at Rs. 12,999, and 4GB RAM + 64GB inbuilt storage at Rs. 15,999. Only the former is going on sale in India on Thursday, with the latter being made available later this month. It’s available in Gold, Grey, and Silver colour options.

Amazon’s launch offers on the Honor 6X include 10 percent cashback on SBI credit cards, up to 14GB of free data on select Airtel recharges, and up to 80 percent off on Kindle ebooks up to a maximum of Rs. 300.

The Honor 6X’s smartphone’s biggest highlight is its dual rear camera setup. It bears one 12-megapixel Sony IMX386 sensor that supports PDAF (autofocus time of 0.3 seconds is being touted) and an additional 2-megapixel sensor right below it, helping provide depth-of-field or Bokeh effects with a combined wide aperture range of f/0.95 – f/16. On the front, Honor 6X bears an 8-megapixel front camera with a 77-degree wide-angle lens and 1.25-micron pixels.

A hybrid dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) smartphone, the Honor 6X runs EMUI 4.1 OS based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The company says a beta version of EMUI 5.0, based on Android 7.0 Nougat, will be available for buyers at launch, with the final version due to release in Q2 2017. The Honor 6X display measures 5.5-inch and has full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution, 2.5D curved glass protection and pixel density of 403ppi – the company is also touting an ‘eye-comfort mode’ that filters out blue light. The new Honor smartphone is powered by a Kirin 655 octa-core (4 cores at 2.1GHz + 4 cores at 1.7GHz) SoC. The inbuilt storage is expandable via microSD (up to 128GB).

Honor 6X connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and GPS/ A-GPS. The new smartphone is powered by a 3340mAh battery, rated to deliver up to 600 hours of standby time and up to 11.5 hours of video playback. Honor 6X battery features fast charging support that charges the whole battery in 2.5 hours. It measures 150.9×72.6×8.2mm and weighs 162 grams. Sensors on board include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and a magnetometer.

 

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Vodafone said on Monday it was in talks to merge its Indian operations with rival Idea Cellular in an all-share deal that would create a new market leader better able to cope with the brutal price war convulsing the industry.

India’s three leading mobile operators, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea, have all been hammered by the arrival of Jio Infocomm, a new operator owned by the billionaire Mukesh Ambani which has shaken up the market by offering free voice and data to customers.

Vodafone confirmed growing media speculation that it was in talks with Idea’s parent, conglomerate Aditya Birla, over a deal that would result in Idea issuing new shares to Vodafone.

Vodafone’s stock jumped 3 percent after it said a deal would enable it to deconsolidate the asset, or take it off its books, and receive a dividend from the combined group.

Bharti and other local rivals, including Vodafone’s India unit, have slashed prepaid tariffs and unveiled cheaper data plans to compete against Jio.

But analysts warn that the strategy will extract a cost, with Vodafone forced into a $5 billion writedown of its India business last year because of competition in the country.

Vodafone has been looking to spin off its Indian business but said on November 15 it would wait for market conditions to stabilize before listing Vodafone India’s shares.

 
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Apple Inc on Wednesday indicated to the government that it is ready with a blueprint to begin manufacturing iPhones in India, but wants fiscal concessions, including Customs duty waiver on import of components.

Apple executives made a detailed presentation on its road map for setting up a manufacturing unit in India to an inter-ministerial group headed by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion Secretary Ramesh Abhishek, sources privy to the development said.

The presentation was made by senior executives of the company, including Global Vice-President (iPhone operations) Priya Balasubramanian. It cited the country’s business friendly ecosystem for keenness to start local manufacturing.

With sales tapering in the US and China, Apple is eyeing India – the fastest growing smartphone market in the world – and looking to set up a local manufacturing unit to cut costs.

It, however, does not manufacture devices on its own and rather does it through contract manufacturers.

Besides exemption from the Customs duty on imports of components and equipment for 15 years, Apple wants relaxation in the mandated 30 percent local sourcing of components.

When contacted, Apple spokesperson told PTI: “We have been working hard to develop our operations in India and are proud to deliver the best products and services in the world to our customers here.”

The spokesperson added: “We appreciate the constructive and open dialogue we have had with the government about further expanding our local operations.”

On the duty and tax-related concessions being sought by the company, the sources said most of them are within the policy domain and decisions will be taken by the respective departments.

“They are seeking certain duty exemptions and other concessions. Respective departments will look at those demands,” they added.

The official also said the company has indicated that it would gradually make India a major manufacturing hub for its products.

“The company setting up its manufacturing unit in India is going to be a reality. They have full-fledged plans. There is no policy impediment. They would also bring their supply chains,” the sources divulged.

The company executives on Tuesday called on Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

In a communication to the government, the Cupertino-based technology major has asked for several tax and other incentives, including long-term duty exemptions, to enter the manufacturing sector in India.

Currently, the government provides support by way of benefits under the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (MSIPS) to boost electronic manufacturing.

The company sells its products through Apple-owned retail stores in countries like China, Germany, the US, the UK and France, among others. It has no wholly-owned store in India and sells its products through distributors such as Redington and Ingram Micro.

 
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Samsung India on Tuesday announced the launch of the Galaxy C9 Pro in Bhubaneswar. Customers can pre-book the device through select stores and online platforms from January 27. The device will be available across all retail channels in the latter half of February 2017 at a price of Rs. 36,900.

The Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro will be available in two colours, Black and Gold. The South Korean manufacturing giant is offering one-time screen replacement for a period of 12 months on pre-booking.

The Galaxy C9 Pro is the company’s first smartphone with 6GB of RAM. It was launched in China back in October.

“India is one of the fastest growing smartphone markets. Consumer trends indicate that more users prefer larger screen smartphones. With the introduction of the Galaxy C9 Pro, we continue our commitment to offer our customers the very best of features and technology,” said Aditya Babbar, Deputy General Manager, Mobile Business, Samsung India.
The dual-SIM (Nano+Nano) 4G-enabled Galaxy C9 Pro runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box. It sports a 6-inch full HD (1080×1920) AMOLED display, and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 SoC, with four cores clocked at 1.95GHz and the rest at 1.4GHz.

For photography, the Galaxy C9 Pro packs a 16-megapixel camera on both front and rear. The rear 16-megapixel camera comes with an aperture of f/1.9 and a dual-LED flash. The selfie camera too has the same aperture sans the flash module. The smartphone packs inbuilt storage of 64GB that is expandable via a microSD card (up to 256GB).

The Galaxy C9 Pro has a fingerprint scanner mounted on its physical home button. The smartphone packs a 4000mAh battery with fast charging support. Apart from 4G LTE, the connectivity options on the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro include Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), GPS, Glonass, Beidou, NFC, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm audio jack. It measures 162.9×80.7×6.9mm and weighs 189 grams.

 

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Chinese handset maker Lenovo has announced a price cut for its Lenovo Z2 Plus smartphone in India. Effective from Monday noon (12pm IST), the Lenovo Z2 Plus’s price will start at Rs. 14,999 (for the 32GB model), down from the launch price of Rs. 17,999 – a price cut of Rs. 3,000. The Lenovo Z2 Plus smartphone will be available to buy via both Amazon India and Flipkart, in Black and White colour variants.

The 64GB model of the Lenovo Z2 Plus (Review) will now be available at Rs. 17,499, down from the launch price of Rs. 19,999 – a discount of Rs. 2,500 – and will be stocked by retail stores. With Monday’s sale, Lenovo Z2 Plus is not exclusive to Amazon anymore.

To recall, the Lenovo Z2 Plus was launched back in September last year in India. For specifications, the Lenovo Z2 Plus supports dual-SIM (4G+3G) and features a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display made by Sharp, with a pixel density of 441ppi. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. As mentioned above, the Lenovo Z2 Plus will be available in either 3GB RAM with 32GB storage or 4GB RAM with 64GB storage models. It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, LED flash, and electronic image stabilisation (EIS). Lenovo Z2 Plus bears an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

Lenovo Z2 Plus is powered by a 3500mAh battery that also features an intelligent charge cut-off feature to ensure the battery does not overcharge. Connectivity options on board include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and 4G. The Lenovo Z2 Plus runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with the company’s skin atop and also features Google Now Launcher which is preloaded.

One of the highlights of the Lenovo Z2 Plus is the preloaded U-Health app that can track data for steps, distance, running, and other physical activities. The smartphone also sports the U Touch 2.0 fingerprint sensor on the home button.

 

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Samsung on Friday launched a new budget 4G smartphone in India – the Samsung Galaxy J1 (4G). Priced at Rs. 6,890 (best buy), the smartphone will be available to buy soon from physical retailers in the country. It is listed in Gold, Black, and White colour variants on the Samsung India site.

Notably, the Samsung Galaxy J1 (4G) is not a brand new phone. The same phone was launched in Russia in March last year, after quietly making its way to Dubai in January. The smartphone was launched as the Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016) in Russia and Dubai.

The Samsung Galaxy J1 (4G) aka Samsung Galaxy J1 4G (J120G) is an Android 5.1 Lollipop-based smartphone that supports dual-SIM cards (both Micro-SIM). It sports a 4.5-inch WVGA (480×800 pixels) Super AMOLED display and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM.
It sports a 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash and also houses a 2-megapixel front camera. There is 8GB of inbuilt storage on board the handset, which supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB). The Samsung Galaxy J1 (4G) measures 132.6×69.3×8.9mm and weighs 131 grams.

The Samsung Galaxy J1 (4G) features 4G LTE with VoLTE support, GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, and Micro-USB connectivity options. The handset is powered by a 2050mAh battery.
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After launching the Gionee P7 Max months ago, the company has launched the Gionee P7 smartphone in India, expanding its ‘P’ series. The Gionee P7 is priced at Rs. 9,999 and is available across major retail and online stores in India.

The Gionee P7 is available in White, Latte Gold, and Grey colour options, and sports a glass back with ribbed pattern. The volume and power buttons are housed on the right edge, and the smartphone sports metal edges.

As for the specifications, the Gionee P7 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow based on Amigo 3.2, and supports dual-SIM slots. It is essentially a smaller variant of the P7 Max, and comes with low-end specs compared to the larger sibling. It features with a 5-inch (720×1280 pixels) HD IPS display with soda lime protection. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM. The smartphone offers 16GB of inbuilt storage with the option to expand further with the help of a microSD card slot (up to 128GB).

As for the optics on the Gionee P7, there is an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front camera for selfies and video chats. The smartphone packs a 2300mAh battery that claims to last up to 259 hours of standby time. Connectivity options include 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 , and GPS. There’s no fingerprint scanner on the Gionee P7 smartphone.

Just to compare, the Gionee P7 Max was priced at Rs. 13,999 and specifications include a 5.5-inch HD display, and a 2.2GHz octa-core MT6595 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. Additionally, it offers 32GB of inbuilt storage, 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, and a 3100mAh battery.
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