Category — Information Technology

India’s Ola Cabs to Feature Apple Music

Ola, the online transportation network company based in Bangalore, India, has partnered with Apple to provide Apple Music as part of its customers’ in-cab experience, and as a component of its platform called Ola Play.  Sony, Qualcomm and Audio Compass are also part of the same platform. When passengers book an Ola ride, they will be able to interact with an in-car tablet to control the vehicle’s air conditioning, music, watch videos and even read ebooks, reports LA Times.

Ola Play


During a news conference, Bhavish Agarwal, CEO of Ola said, “Cars were initially built for the driver,  but with ride-sharing, the control needs to be there for the passenger, and Ola Play works along that.”

Since this is Apple’s second such partnership (the first being with Didi, China’s ride-hailing company) some analysts are wondering if Apple has plans to develop software or services for transportation network companies or even auto makers.

November 26, 2016   No Comments

GE and Reliance Team To Provide Industrial IoT in India

Mumbai, India headquartered Reliance Industries Limited and Connecticut-based GE signed a global partnership agreement to work together to provide industrial IoT solutions to customers in industries such as oil and gas, fertilizers, power, healthcare and telecom, reports Mint.

“GE will provide its Predix cloud offering, industrial internet applications and data science expertise. Reliance Industries Limited will develop solutions on Predix as an independent software vendor bringing to bear its over 30 years of data, process and operational expertise,” Reliance said in a press statement.


‘The partnership with Reliance Industries will shape the future of the industrial internet not just in India but globally. The possibilities that it opens to develop solutions on our Predix platform for the industrial sector are endless,” said Jeff Immelt, chairman and chief executive of GE.


November 24, 2016   No Comments

India Is a High-Growth Opportunity for Intel

Santa Clara, CA-based Intel Corporation considers India as a high-growth market for its data-center business, because of demand from verticals such as high-performance computing, public sector, financial services and the start-up ecosystem.

Prakash Mallya, director – Asia, Data Center Group, had this to say to BusinessLine: Asia is a buzzing market for our data-center business, and India is a high growth-opportunity market for Intel, especially with the digital infrastructure build-out, which the government is driving, gaining momentum. Two years ago, Intel’s data-center business globally registered 18 percent growth, and last year, we saw 11 percent growth in revenue. We expect to maintain double-digit growth rates in this business.


He added that Intel will be investing significantly in all the Digital India-related solutions, such as IndiaStack, UID and eGovernance 2.0, all of which represent huge workloads that the data-center business will address.


November 22, 2016   No Comments

Reliance Group, Cisco Jasper to Provide IoT in India

Mumbai, India-based Reliance Communications‘ I0T business Unlimit and California-based Cisco Jasper have joined hands to provide enterprise customers a range of services on Cisco Jasper’s IoT connectivity management platform, reports Mobile World Live.

Juergen Hase, CEO of Unlimit, said, ‘This partnership makes it simple for companies of any size to transform their businesses by offering connected services that enhance their customers’ experiences while enabling new revenue models.”


These services will also benefit the Digital India project which aims to build 100 smart cities. “The combination of Reliance’s mobile networks and cloud services with the global Cisco Jasper IoT connectivity management platform provides a full suite of solutions for smart city initiatives throughout India,” Hase added.

November 18, 2016   No Comments

WhatsApp Rolls Out Video Calling in India

With 160 million monthly active users, India is where WhatsApp has its greatest number of users, and adding video calling was the next logical step.

 Asked how this feature would work in a country where internet connections could become choppy, Neeraj Arora head of business, WhatsApp told the Economic Times that his team had worked extensively to ensure that the app works well on different kinds of phones and slower 2G networks. “That’s what the focus was: if it works in India in different conditions, it will work everywhere else.
WhatsApp LogoThe important thing to note here is a lot of this work has been done by our own users. It’s crowdsourced, a lot of users were passionate about using WhatsApp in their own languages so we gave them a tool to help us translate WhatsApp in their own language,” he added.

November 16, 2016   No Comments