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All posts tagged "India"

  • Smartphones and emerging markets: where we’re headed in 2014

    There are few emerging market countries that are particularly mature in terms of their cellphone and smartphone usage and buying patterns (China, in particular stands out); but there is a large contingent of emerging markets who are not as mature in this regard. What are some of the factors that have held back smartphone adoption in these markets and further to that; what is being done to accelerate the adoption rates? In 2008; smartphone sales accounted for just nine percent of all phone sales in China. In 2012; that number skyrocketed to 59% of all phones being sold in China...

  • Breaking down the barriers to the next billion [Wired 2013]

    Day two of the Wired Conference kicked off with the lofty task of "bringing the next billion online" and included missives from those who are breaking down barriers and making big changes easier. Up first was Eben Upton -- co-founder of Raspberry Pi -- the small computer that looks like a small credit card with lights on it. Doesn't sound that thrilling until you realise it is fast changing the world. Why? A few reasons; it's US$25, freely available, customisable, incredibly easy to use... oh and it's already sold one million units (and on track to sell two million...

  • Unseating Samsung: who has the stones to depose mobile’s current king?

    On its relatively speedy ascent to the position as the world’s biggest phone maker, Samsung has crushed practically every incumbent and all new comers. It's dethroned (and crushed) Nokia -- which managed to actually hold that position for about a decade. It's decimated LG, HTC, Motorola and -- to some extent -- BlackBerry too. And it hasn’t done so just because it's vertically integrated (it owns the semi-conductor fabrication plants and makes acres of LCD panels). Samsung has become king by out-Nokiaing Nokia. Its global distribution (on a broader electronics backbone that was built on its TV -- and washing...

  • Free internet can fix education issues in developing countries [T4A]

    There are many issues facing the emerging markets and most will argue that technology and access to the internet can help solve those problems. "There is an internet revolution underway in parts of the world and some can not see it," says Derek Kopke, the Executive Vice President, International Business Development for DataWind, at this year's Tech4Africa conference. If you haven't heard of DataWind, you need to get out from under your rock. The company is responsible for the hugely popular Aakash tablets in India. The way Kopke sees it, education is one of the biggest problems facing the developing...

  • Windows Phone overtakes iOS in India but Android still massively dominant

    While the Windows Phone devices grabbing all the headlines tend to be at the top of the range -- the Lumia 925 and 1020 being the obvious examples -- but it looks like the devices aimed at emerging market countries may be what saves the OS in the end. One example of this is India, where the OS has reportedly claimed second place ahead of iOS and BlackBerry for the third consecutive quarter with a market share of 5.4%. Alongside that, the OS also experienced 60% quarter-on-quarter growth. The figures, which come from research and tracking company IDC, suggest...

  • 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...