The Indian government is working on a new mapping bill that will have serious consequences for companies providing mapping services in the country. The ruling aims to regulate mapping vendors like Google by forcing them to seek out a license from the newly-created Security Vetting Authority.
Three more Indian railway stations are now offering free Wi-Fi to passengers on the network. Should you happen to be waiting for a connecting service at Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, Raipur in Chhattisgarh and Kacheguda in Telengana, you'll be able to remain connected for free.
Carrier billing is now available for Idea subscribers in India. The carrier has partnered with Bango to enable Direct Carrier Billing through the service's payment platform, giving its 182 million customers the ability to charge apps, games, music, and movie purchases to their monthly phone bill.
At an event in Mumbai, LeEco outlined its content strategy for the Indian market. The Chinese vendor has managed to get off to a great start in the country, and is now looking to capitalize on that growth by partnering with local content aggregators.
India's third-largest carrier Idea Cellular is all set to roll out Play Store carrier billing in the country. According to Gadgets 360, the carrier's partnership with Google will be announced later this week.
Chinese vendor LeEco has announced plans of setting up a manufacturing and research units in India. The manufacturer will leverage the government's "Make in India initiative, which incentivises local production of hardware.
India's content streaming service Hotstar is taking on Netflix in the country by launching a premium subscription service that lets you watch same-day broadcasts of popular U.S. TV shows in high-definition. The announcement comes as season six of Game of Thrones kicked off last night.
Ride-sharing services Uber and Ola have announced that they will temporarily suspend surge pricing after receiving a warning in Delhi. The city has set prescribed fares for taxi services, with anyone found to be flouting the fares facing revokal of their driving license and their car.
CREO is an Indian vendor with a difference. The company has made its foray into the world of Android with the Mark 1, which will go on sale later this month on Flipkart for ₹19,999. While the phone offers decent hardware for its asking price, it is the software on offer that will entice users.
The National Payments Corp. of India has launched a new payment architecture called Unified Payments Interface. The service is aimed at making banking services accessible to a wider audience, while reducing a lot of the pain points involved in online banking.
Geared at providing mobility solutions in smaller towns and villages, ride-sharing app Ola has enabled the e-rickshaw option in the Delhi-NCR region. The service was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as part of the "Stand Up India" initiative.
After a disappointing 2015, Samsung is regaining ground in India, with the vendor now accounting for 30% of the smartphone market share in the country. That's up from 28.6% in Q5 2014, and 27.4% in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Xiaomi is now branching out into digital content services by leading a $25 million investment in Hungama Digital Media Entertainment, a local movie and music streaming service that has over 65 million active monthly subscribers.
The Gionee Marathon M5 is a good enough smartphone, and despite a few misses, performs quite well for a phone at this price point. The highlight of the device – battery life – is clearly not a gimmick and a solid proposition for potential buyers.