Xiaomi Says It Shipped More Than 10 Million Smartphones Last Month

Xiaomi Says It Shipped More Than 10 Million Smartphones Last Month

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Xiaomi sold more than 10 million smartphones in India
  • It’s a record performance for the company
  • The company also reached a milestone in India

September was a big month for Xiaomi. The Chinese smartphone maker shipped more than 10 million smartphones last month across all the markets where it operates, Xiaomi’s chief executive officer Lei Jun said.

A thrilled and happy Jun, who shared the announcement, thanked employees and partners. The company also reached a major milestone in India. Roughly three years after entering the nation, Xiaomi’s vice president and India head Manu Kumar Jain said the company had shipped more than 25 million smartphones in the country.

The big jump in sales comes as people in South Asian countries including India begin to prepare for the festival season. In India, for instance, Amazon India and Flipkart have been cashing in on the festive season, giving customers lucrative discounts with sales past and sales to come. Xiaomi said last month it had sold more than one million handsets in just two days, a major improvement over its performance in the country last year, when it took 18 days to sell one million smartphones.

Even as Xiaomi has always been known as a company which plays very aggressively, offering some of the best hardware at the price point, the company has appeared more focused in the recent months. It recently launched the Mi Mix 2, a bezel-less smartphone, and Mi A1, its first Android One smartphone for markets like India.

The recent development will help the company better compete with Chinese smartphone maker Huawei, which recently posted better sales than Apple. The company shipped north of 73 million smartphones in the first two quarters of this year, averaging more than 12 million handset shipments in a month. According to marketing research firm Strategy Analytics, Huawei shipped 38.4 million handsets in Q2 2017, while Oppo shipped 29.5 million handsets. In comparison, Xiaomi had shipped 23.16 million handsets in the quarter that ended in June.

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Drivers’ union plans to launch cab services next month

An Uber driver uses the app to navigate the often congested streets of Bangalore.

An Uber driver uses the app to navigate the often congested streets of Bangalore.(NYT)

Some members of cab aggregators  Ola and Uber, who have formed a drivers’ union, plan to launch its services next month with the help of Kolkata-based  technology startup which owns TYGR app.

“We plan to launch our cab services in the month of  August with the help of Savetur Digital Private Limited, which owns TYGR app,” former Uber, TaxiForSure and Ola Drivers And  Owners Association President Tanveer Pasha told PTI here.

“We want to give a local name to the app. Something  like “Namma TYGR” or “Namma Huli”, are some of the names we are planning on,” he added.

In the next three days, union members and Savetur officials are scheduled to meet at the residence of former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to finalise the deal, including the launching date and signing of documents, Pasha said.

He said Savetur would run and manage the business  according to a model drafted by drivers’ union, which would satisfy both drivers and riders.

However, the union will control and supervise Savetur  through their company, which is in the process of registering  its name as Huli Technologies.

It plans to expand to Mysuru, Mangaluru and Belagavi after the Bengaluru launch, Pasha said.

The company will focus on driver benefits, including a 10% commission charged for drivers, besides insurance and family benefits, among other incentives, he said.

The company plans to raise Rs 12 crore to run and sustain business at the initial stages and many investors have shown keen interest to pick stake in the company, Pasha said.

He said the company aims to give Rs five lakh worth of life insurance, Rs five lakh accident insurance and Rs two lakh medical insurance to the drivers annually.

The company plans to have three to four car categories  that will show up on the “Namma TYGR” app, the name of which  could be changed,which includes a mini, hatchback option at Rs 12.50 per km, a Rs 14.5 per km, a sports sedan option at utility vehicle option at Rs 18.50 per km and an outstation  cab option, Pasha said.

The company also plans to set up five private patrol  security cars to attend to drivers’ problems of facing drunk  riders travelling late at night.

“The private patrol car will help drivers during medical and legal emergencies,” he added.

The idea originated when the drivers had gone on strike  in February against cab aggregators, demanding better  incentives and stopping attachment of new cabs which they said affects bookings.

[“Source-hindustantimes”]

Facebook At Work Will Reportedly Be Launched Next Month

Facebook At Work Will Reportedly Be Launched Next Month

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Facebook At Work will also offer Groups as well as Messenger
  • The exact pricing for Facebook At Work have not been announced
  • The product has been in the making since 2014

Facebook is set to launch its enterprise communication and collaboration network ‘Facebook At Work’ globally in a few weeks on a per seat pricing model for businesses to make it easier for employees to exchange ideas easily, a media report said on Wednesday.

Facebook At Work is a platform where subscribers can use the product’s special Work Feed of posts from colleagues to exchange ideas and assume tasks.

According to the TechCrunch report, Facebook will launch integrations or partnerships with other Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) tool providers including Asana, making it lucrative for Facebook to get every single member of a company signed up.

Facebook At Work will also offer Groups as well as Messenger, which includes audio and video calling options that could compete with Slack and Skype. Plus it provides the social network’s profiles, Events and Live video features, the report noted.

(Also see: Facebook at Work to Bolster Its Presence in India)

As far as pricing is concerned, the exact figures for Facebook At Work have not been announced but the 400-plus beta testers, who have been testing the product for a while will get a few additional months of comped subscriptions to test it out.

“Facebook believes it can keep individual employees engaged with the product, so it is betting on a pricing plan that charges companies per monthly active user instead of charging a flat rate per company,” TechCrunch quoted Facebook At Work director Julien Codorniou as previously saying.

The product has been in the making since 2014 and the first tests were officially unveiled in 2015.

Since then, Facebook has been busy signing up huge international customers like the 100,000-employee Royal Bank Of Scotland, the report added.

Written with inputs from IANS

Tags: Facebook, Facebook At Work, Slack, Asana, Social, Apps, Skype

 

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Pokemon Go Crosses 100 Million Downloads in a Month on Google Play

Pokemon Go Crosses 100 Million Downloads in a Month on Google PlayPokemon Go Crosses 100 Million Downloads in a Month on Google Play
HIGHLIGHTS
Pokemon Go achieves the milestone in less than a month
The game hasn’t been launched in several big markets
The figures don’t constitute unofficial downloads and installs
The world is not the same as it was a month ago. If you don’t believe us, just look outside your window. You will see people roaming around, staring at trees and roads, and then back down at their smartphones. All thanks to one game – Pokemon Go – and its success continues to grow.

The augmented reality game based on a decades-old franchise has achieved another record feat and that too in such a small time frame that all rival app developers will be left feeling envious. The game has crossed 100 million downloads on Google Play in month. It should be noted that these figures do not take into account those users who sideloaded the app, and only those that downloaded the app when it officially arrived for their region.

The interesting fact about this feat is that the game has not even been officially released in some major markets like China, India, and South Korea, where the number of downloads for the app is likely to shoot through the roof, if the hype regarding the game is anything to go by.

Last month, the listing for the game on Google Play Store revealed that the game had been downloaded around 50 million times in the first couple of weeks. It seems the app’s adoption has been unabated, with roughly the same growth (50 million downloads) in the same period (two weeks) since. After its rollout to other countries, the adoption can be expected to increase even further.
Also, Apple confirmed last month that Pokemon Go was downloaded more times than any other app on iOS in its first week – setting a record for an app’s debut.

Although the last update to the game was not received very well by players, if Niantic doesn’t break the game and corrects the problems mentioned by the users, the game is likely to achieve more milestones going ahead.

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Tags: Android, Apps, Gaming, Pokemon Go

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