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IDC

Windows Phone is the second-largest smartphone platform in India, after Android: IDC

Windows Phone is the second most widely used smartphone platform in India, according to an IDC Asia Pacific Mobile Phone Tracker report (for the quarter April-June 2013). The report mentions that the platform enjoys a market share of 5.4 per cent in the country, beating both Apple’s iOS and Bl...

18 September, 2013 |More »

Fortumo

Mobile payments company Fortumo launches direct carrier billing in India, partners with four leading telcos

Estonia-based mobile payments company Fortumo has launched its mobile payment services in India by entering into partnerships with four leading mobile operators in the country. As part of the partnership, Fortumo’s direct carrier billing (DCB) support is now available to subscribers of Vodafone, A...

18 September, 2013 |More »

Z30

BlackBerry unveils its first phablet Z30, comes with 5 inch display & BB 10.1 OS

Within a week of launching a mid-priced touch and type smartphone called 9720 in the Indian smartphone market (available for Rs 16,000 later this month), struggling Canadian handset manufacturer BlackBerry (previously Research in Motion or RIM) has unveiled the successor to its flagship Z10. Taking ...

18 September, 2013 |More »

MOM

Mobile payment service provider Money On Mobile to raise $50M from Calpian

Mumbai-based startup My Mobile Payments Ltd (MMPL), which owns and operates mobile payment platform Money on Mobile, is looking to raise $50 million from Texas-based Calpian Inc, a public company dealing in electronic payments processing, according to a Medianama report quoting its managing dire...

17 September, 2013 |More »

iTunes

Within days of iPhone 5s & 5c launch, Apple extends iTunes affiliate program to India & 16 other countries

Early this week, Apple launched two new iPhone models instead of a single one, which had been the norm for Apple since first launching the iPhone back in 2007. Christened iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, the new devices were introduced for the dual purpose of replacing the iPhone 5 (iPhone 5s), as well as t...

13 September, 2013 |More »

Game

70% of smartphone users spend 15 minutes daily on gaming; Subway Surfers most engaging game: Nielsen

Gaming has always been one of the most popular activities on smartphones (even before the smartphone era we were hooked on games like Snake and Tetris), so much so that 7 of 10 users (70 per cent) spend close to 15 minutes a day on games, or seven and a half hours on a monthly [...]...

12 September, 2013 |More »

nokia

Nokia India shuts down digital music store; users can access service on mobile-only platform Music Unlimited

Within a week after the announcement of its acquisition by Microsoft, Nokia is cutting down on its services, it seems. It has begun by shutting Nokia India’s Nokia Music Store. Existing users will now have to go to the mobile-only service Music Unlimited to download new music and listen to Mix Rad...

12 September, 2013 |More »

app

App Tracker: 3 apps that will make your smartphone cleaner, faster & safer

We are back with this week’s App Tracker. Last time we showcased a few apps that bring out the hidden photographer in you and this time we have chosen three utility apps that we feel will make your smartphone a better device. With all the heavy apps installed on your phone, the battery dying must...

11 September, 2013 |More »

twitter

Twitter buys mobile ads company MoPub for $350M

Twitter has bought online mobile-ad exchange MoPub, the company said in a blog post Monday. The San Francisco-based companies did not disclose terms, but a person familiar with the matter said Twitter paid $350 million in stock for MoPub. The deal has built-in upside for the sellers as it assigned a...

11 September, 2013 |More »

hike-facebook

P2P instant messenger Hike inks partnership with Airtel for 3 months free data usage on the network

Hike, the instant messaging app from BSB (Bharti Softbank- the joint venture between Bharti Group and Japan’s Softbank) has announced its first telco partnership with Airtel, wherein the telecom operator’s pre-paid users will get the first three months of usage on Hike for free, it disclosed in ...

10 September, 2013 |More »