As promised, the 2015 Union Budget provides a big fillip to electronics manufacturing in India. Custom duty has been reduced for 22 items, but so far the details have not been shared by the government.
Google has taken its Android One initiative outside India with a launch in Indonesia in partnership with Spice Mobility’s local brand Nexian and two other handset makers, Evercoss and Mito. This comes at a time when the US search giant’s Indian device partners are launching the devices in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
On the afternoon of January 13, YU Televentures began selling its first smartphone – Yureka – on online retailer Amazon’s India site. The phone was showcased almost three weeks earlier, and the Micromax unit had been heavily advertising the device. It had received 300,000 registrations for the 10,000 handsets on offer. The sale got over in three seconds and the site crashed due to heavy traffic.
Indian phone brands such as Micromax and Lava could soon offer devices with four times more memory.
A clutch of firms is raising funding to build transliteration technologies that can connect with a culturally diverse set of people.