As the week draws to a close, here we take a look at what rocked the world of technology the past few days. It was an interesting week for India in terms of technology. We saw a few launches and then came the Amazon Prime Day Sale, a first for the country. The sale saw some great numbers and also maximum Indians opting for Prime membership as compared to any other month in the past. As always, this week too was peppered with leaks of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Apple iPhone 8, with Google Pixel XL 2 joining the party. And while we got a glimpse at the upcoming Jio feature phone in a leak, Reliance Jio made headlines for all the wrong reasons.
The week started with news of the Reliance Jio data hack filtering in. Many Twitter users began to talk of a site called Magicapk, which had reportedly hacked into Reliance data servers and made all information public. On entering the mobile number, all data connected to the Jio number would be revealed. Some users could even see their Aadhaar numbers, but for the majority, the leak was restricted to the phone number, full name, circle. While Reliance Jio staunchly denied all claims of a hack and maintained that the data presented was not authentic, a police complaint filed to that effect proved otherwise.
Motorola announced the Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus smartphones in the country. Both the devices are budget smartphones and take on competition from the Chinese manufacturers. The smartphones, exclusive to Flipkart India, have already seen over one million sales within 24 hours of launch. In terms of specifications, both the smartphones are powered by MediaTek processors and come with large battery life. The Motorola Moto E4 is priced at Rs 8,999 and the Motorola Moto E4 Plus is priced at Rs 9,999 in India.
Apart from the budget Motorola devices, the premium Asus ZenFone AR also debuted in the country. The smartphone is the first Tango-based phone in the country and also supports Daydream VR. The smartphone is priced at Rs 49,999 and will take on some of the top flagship smartphones in India. Asus ZenFone AR is the first smartphone with three rear cameras to create the 3D effect. Asus first announced the ZenFone AR at CES 2017 and the device has come to India pretty late. Apart from the camera, the phone has no outstanding features.
India has surpassed USA when it comes to Facebook user base. it is a significant news for Indians as, despite a high population, data penetration and internet literacy still remain restricted to only specific regions. India is ahead of the US by nearly 1 million – a massive number. Out of the total 2 billion active user base the social media giant has, nearly 184 million are Indians. And even as Indians are taking more and more to digital platforms, Paytm, India’s largest waller service is looking at expanding. After entering the ticketing space Paytm is now reportedly acquired Insider.in and is in talks with BigBasket to acquire their services and expand further.
Reliance Jio data breach
Motorola Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus
Asus ZenFone AR
Indian users surpass USA on Facebook
Paytm: Big Basket and Insider.in tie-up