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  • Samsung could soon slip from top smartphone spot in India

    This is interesting. Samsung's aggressive smartphone strategy, tied with a range that aims to please every pocket, has seen it leap to the top of the global smartphone standings. But in some markets it looks like the locals are fighting back in a big way. Take India for instance, where local brands such as Micromax and Karbonn, could soon usurp the South Korean giant. Micromaxx in particular is becoming an increasingly dominant player with the latest stats from research and tracking company IDC showing that it currently owns 22% of the Indian market, up from 18.8% in the previous...

  • China’s UC browser overtakes Opera Mini in India

    This is potentially big. China's UC Browser has overtaken Opera Mini as the most used mobile browser in India. As The Next Web reports, UC Web has been on a pretty steady growth curve over the last little while, having passed the 400-million user mark late last year. It looks like India's been a pretty big part of that growth too. The most recent stats from StatCounter show that UC Browser now owns around 30% of the Indian market, up from 21.7% a year ago. On top of that, the company reports, the number of active Androdi-based UC Browser users...

  • What’s happening in SE Asia is great, but let’s not forget the Indian chat apps

    There's been quite a bit of focus on the chat app landscape over the last little while, partly because it’s one of the most competitive and fast moving industries in technology right now. Every few weeks or months we get staggering updates from the likes of WeChat, Line, KakaoTalk or Viber, or we see numbers that rock our socks off. By the end of 2015, it’ll be interesting to look back at how these years played out in the social media and chat app media battles for Asia and formed a mobile landscape unique to Asia. But a huge...

  • 9 huge investments Koos Bekker could make if he cashed in his Naspers shares

    Here at Memeburn we have massive respect for Naspers CEO Koos Bekker. Aside from the fact that he heads up a multi-billion dollar media company with investments around the globe, he clearly understands the value of tech. Under Bekker, Naspers has made seriously clever investments in the likes of Russia's Mail.ru, China's Tencent and Argentinian online classifieds platform OLX. While other companies would've stuck with what they know -- in Naspers' case publishing and television -- Bekker's made sure his company is always looking toward the next big thing. It's paid off too. The company's combined internet properties made...

  • Could MOOCs help democratise education in emerging markets?

    There is no doubt that information is the power of a progressive society. Access to knowledge is the first step in a society’s journey towards becoming empowered. The status quo According to the 2013 INSEAD Global Innovation Index, approximately 14 million people in emerging market country like South Africa have access to the internet. That's still a relatively small portion of the population, although it's a much bigger proportion than the 100 or so million internet users India currently has. But while numbers may fluctuate from country to country, there can be no doubting that the internet presents the greatest opportunity...

  • 7 major factors holding back Asia’s tech ecosystems

    Despite the strength and diversity of Asia’s tech ecosystems, there are a lot of problems and peculiarities that hold back these countries’ web industries in some ways. A new report from The Economist’s Intelligence Unit gives a great overview of these challenges and how some are being overcome. We’ve embedded the 30-page report below, but it’s worth summarizing the seven key findings that show how the industries and consumer markets differ so greatly from Silicon Valley and the West – and even vary wildly across borders among the packed-in cultures and languages across Asia. 1. “Asian internet businesses typically focus on...

  • Indian Naspers property Ibibo confirms RedBus acquisition

    It's official. Ibibo, the Indian joint venture between emerging markets media and investment giant Naspers and Chinese internet titan Tencent, has acquired online bus ticketing service RedBus. According to Indian tech publication The Next Big What, the deal will see the Ibibo group shelling out US$135-million for RedBus parent company Pilani Soft Labs. Under the terms of the deal, RedBus will apparently continue to exist “independently” with its existing management team and as a separate business to Ibibo's string of companies which includes the likes of Goibibo.com, PayU.in and Tradus.com. RedBus, which was founded in 2006...

  • What on-demand TV needs to work in emerging markets

    Of the hundreds of channels from your cable or satellite provider, how many do you actually watch? I watch 21. On an exam, that would be a definitive fail. Variety is used to mask overpricing, and we the consumers are none the wiser. In a world where most things are DIY, why is it that television is stuck in the past? It’s the equivalent of being sold an expensive bag of stones and told there is a piece of silver somewhere in there. Why can’t you just get the silver? What’s on demand TV? On demand TV allows pay TV packages to...

  • eBay invests big in Indian ecommerce outfit Snapdeal

    eBay has inked a partnership with Indian ecommerce outfit Snapdeal that will see it lead a US$50-million investment in the three-year-old online retailer. According to the Wall Street Journal, the funding round values Snapdeal at US$250-million and is believed to include participation from the likes of Intel Corp.’s Intel Capital, Nexus Venture Partners and other companies. "The partnership seeks to drive more consumer demand for eBay and Snapdeal merchants along with wider selection for India consumers in a rapidly growing market," eBay said in a statement. Like fellow US-based ecommerce giant Amazon, eBay apparently sees massive potential in India's...

  • Indian gov’t now monitoring texts, emails, social media

    Privacy advocates are up in arms after India the country's government began stealthily rolling out a central monitoring system that will allow it to monitor its citizens' phone calls and internet communications in the name of national security. The multi-million dollar central monitoring system is believed to have initially have been conceived as a response to the threat of terrorism, such as the attacks which rocked Mumbai in 2008. Now however, The Times of India reports, the system will be used not only by law enforcement authorities but also by India's tax service and offers the state a single...

  • India is watching double the online video it did in 2011

    The people of India are watching double the number of online videos they were two years ago. New research from comScore suggests that the BRIC giant is consuming 3.7-billion videos per month, up from 1.86-billion in 2011. This dramatic growth, says comScore, is largely down to a sizeable increase in the number of online video viewers, in addition to increasing consumption per viewer. The total online video audience in India has grown 74% to 54-million viewers, with the average viewer watching 18% more videos and spending 28% more time viewing. As is the case with much of the rest...

  • The state of Android in India according to Opera [Infographic]

    With India as Opera Mini’s largest user base in the world, Opera Software has some very interesting things to share about the state of Android in India. Note that the data presents the state of Android in India based on Opera Mini users’ data and may not necessarily be true across the nation. The infographic below captures everything nicely. But here are some key points for the busy ones. 21.7% of all data used by Opera Mini’s Android users is for Facebook Each of the top-10 Android devices cost less than Rs. 10 000 (US$185) The typical Android Opera Mini users are...

  • India’s Vserv.mobi teams up with Yahoo! to target South East Asia

    Indian mobile ad network Vserv.mobi has announced a strategic partnership with Yahoo! that will see the two companies attempting to conquer South East Asia. In an official blog post, Vserv says the move is part of Yahoo's efforts at becoming predominantly mobile company. "With this partnership", the company says, "our advertisers will be able to experience the superior audience targeting capabilities of our network on Yahoo’s inventory across Southeast Asia including Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam". The Next Web quotes Vserv.mobi VP Vikas Gulati as saying the deal will bring “lucrative benefits” for Yahoo! and the advertiser ecosystem. "Being...

  • eBay may have led $50m investment in India’s SnapDeal

    Pocketing US$50-million is no joke, so hopefully this one is not inspired by April Fool’s Day. According to Indian tech blog NextBigWhat, eBay has led a huge round of investment in India-based ecommerce site SnapDeal. Not yet officially confirmed, the rumored US$50-million sum comes 18 months after a US$40-million round, and an earlier US$12-million injection shortly after it launched. After starting out specializing in daily deals, the homegrown online mall soon surpassed LivingSocial in terms of traffic in the country and then pivoted/expanded into a broader e-commerce company early last year. SnapDeal is now up against local rivals like FlipKart...

  • Windows phone is outselling iPhone, but only in a few countries

    On Wednesday, Microsoft's corporate vice president of corporate communications Frank Shaw wrote a blog post detailing some of the Microsoft's progress across a number of different product areas, including Windows Phone. Among the factoids in the post was one saying that, according to a recent report from tech research company IDC, Windows Phone has shipped more than BlackBerry in 26 markets and more than iPhone in seven. The iPhone stat seems particularly impressive. Except for one thing. The blog post neglects to mention which seven countries those are. The New York Times' Bits Blog decided to do some digging...