Global app downloads surge to 175 billion in 2017, India second largest market after China

Global app downloads surge to 175 billion in 2017, India second largest market after China

India downloaded more apps than the US in 2017, a new report by app analytics provider App Annie has revealed. Riding on increased smartphone penetration and dirt-cheap 4G data access, India accounted for nearly 58 billion of the world’s 175 billion app downloads in 2017. Only China, the world’s largest internet market, is ahead with […]

Hike brings internet to smartphones, without mobile data

Hike brings internet to smartphones, without mobile data

Mobile messaging service Hike just launched Total, a new service that lets Android users in India make payments to businesses and transfer money, read news, book train tickets, and chat with their contacts on the platform – all without mobile data. The company, which claims 100 million users on its platform, has been working for […]

Uber rival Grab acquires Indian startup to bulk up its mobile payment platform

Uber rival Grab acquires Indian startup to bulk up its mobile payment platform

Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab today said it has acquired Bengaluru-based payments startup iKaaz to strengthen its payments platform. Grab, which competes with the likes of US-based Uber, said the “rich functionality of iKaaz mobile payments platform and its experienced leadership team will accelerate feature development and partner integration of GrabPay (its payments platform)”. It, […]

Vodafone Pug delights Premier Badminton League viewers with Augmented Reality

Vodafone Pug delights Premier Badminton League viewers with Augmented Reality

Television viewers and spectators at Sunday’s grand finale at the Vodafone Premier Badminton League broke into impromptu smiles when they realized they had unexpected company. Lending an entirely unique experience to complement the nail biting match, were the adorable Vodafone Pugs in ‘augmented’ avatar. This is the first time that augmented reality has been seen […]

Alibaba’s unknown browser app is dominating Google’s Chrome in emerging markets

Alibaba’s unknown browser app is dominating Google’s Chrome in emerging markets

UC Browser, a mobile browser owned by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, has become more popular than Google’s Chrome in some of Asia’s fastest-growing markets, according to the Wall Street Journal. Citing data from web analytics firm StatCounter, the paper reported that millions of people in India, Indonesia and other emerging markets getting online for […]

Amazon Tops the Digital Advertiser Charts on Desktop and Mobile During October in India

Amazon Tops the Digital Advertiser Charts on Desktop and Mobile During October in India

Summing up the Diwali season, Adby Ventures released a report about 10,000 Active advertisers across the country advertising in the festive month ending mid-October. The report compared advertising across different platforms (desktop, mobile, videos) and mapped the increased activity of different industries in the festival season. It also released a comparison of the digital advertising […]

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