Interestingly enough, the state of Gujarat is number one instead of metros such as Bangalore, Delhi, and Mumbai. Why? It may be partly due to the upcoming elections featuring Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat.
Nitin Puri discusses key mobile communications developments in India, home to one of the world's largest mobile phone population.
Originally from Canada, Nitin has been residing and working in India since 2009. He has worked in different ICT industries in countries such as India, Canada, and Tanzania. He is an avid follower and application developer within the growing mobile phone sector in India.
With the cost of broadband Internet in the country expected to rise up to 30 percent with more expensive telecom licenses, perhaps now is the time for Indian consumers to re-consider mobile solutions.
The latest numbers indicate that phablets are indeed a hit with Indian consumers. They made up 3 in 10 of all smartphones shipped in the second quarter.
The depreciating Indian rupee isn’t keeping Indian consumers away from buying new devices. In fact, now they’re inclined to purchase domestic products instead of paying more for international brands.
The metro system has been rated by the United Nations as one of the world's best. It's finally released an app for commuters with a good map function, but it could do with a recharge and personal safety feature.
Finally, another telco in India steps up to challenge Airtel, the only carrier for quite a while with a mobile money product in Airtel Money. However the incumbent appears to still lead in features
The Indian rupee hit an all time new low of 65 against the US Dollar. This affects the cost of some consumer goods in India, and smartphones are no exception. Perhaps it's a good time to start considering second hand devices.
Almost 1 in 3 in mobile users in India are now using the software developed by Chinese firm UCWeb, with Opera browser in second place.
The Indian cab company has extended its ICE (in case of emergency) Alert service from SMS to now a mobile app. Now, family and friends can track users as they commute, ensuring they reach their destinations safe and sound.
Now that BlackBerry has gone public about being looking for a buyer, one person potentially interested is India’s very own Prem Watsa--often dubbed the "Warren Buffett" of Canada, where he's now based.
There's a common misconception among Indian consumers who think local devices from companies such as Karbonn, Lava, Micromax, or Onida, are actually Indian phones when, in fact, they're not.
As part of efforts to prevent malicious attacks against India, the government will begin testing imported telecom devices including handsets, SIM cards, and 3G base stations. But details are still lacking.
Biometrics is still an emerging field of technology and security, yet to be fully implemented in everyday tasks. Now, Indian banks are taking a second look at deploying voice biometrics for phone banking customers.
Latest attempt by the government to sway votes in its favor ahead of the 2014 elections is an ambitious plan to say the least. It should instead look at building a facility to fabricate components for Indian phone manufacturers.
Apple Passbook and Google Wallet have simply failed to catch on in India. What's more surprising is that even the tech-savvy aren't interested or aware these apps are available in the market.
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