Amazon Music to give Google / Apple / Spotify / Pandora Run for Money

amazon-musicAmazon announced Amazon Music Unlimited, an on-demand streaming music service with a library of “tens of millions of songs.” The service costs $7.99/month (or $79/year) for Prime members and $9.99/month for non-Prime members. The company is also launching an “Echo plan” for $3.99/month, with music available on a single Echo device. This compares to $10/month for competitor plans, including Spotify and Apple Music. We note that this is separate from Amazon’s existing Prime Music offering, an ad-free streaming service which is included in a Prime membership, but includes only 2mn songs. Amazon’s new offering adds to the already intense competition in the streaming music space.

Amazon Music Unlimited will be appealing to current Prime subscribers as the offering is comparable to other streaming options, (more…)

Mobile Consumers Satisfied with Incumbents; Jio Pressure Likely

jio-pressure-on-airtel-vodafone-ideaA survey was conducted by Telecom Research wing of Merrill Lynch after Jio launched its free voice / data offering on Sept 5. In the sample, 75% of these consumers who participated in the survey have monthly bills of Rs 250 or more. The main results of the survey are as follows,

  • Call drops are not a major issue, with only 15% complaining about it; bigger issues are slow data speeds (as per 25%) and a no value for money proposition.
  •  39% of consumers we surveyed have tried Jio’s free offering, with 27% happy with the service (which translates into 70% of actual Jio users) and rating the service better than their existing operator and the remainder believing Jio is at par or inferior to (more…)

How Amazon’s Competitors Rank on Last Mile Delivery ?

ecommerce-delivery-modelsAmazon’s strategy, with ever-shorter delivery options, has allowed a pure eCommerce player to gain a foothold in Local commerce and an increasingly bigger share of consumers’ wallets. But while Amazon has always been and will remain retailers’ top competitor in many product categories – especially in consumer products – some of these retailers could actually benefit from the company’s growing fulfillment capabilities. Today, Amazon remains the clear leader in fulfillment, based on number of offerings, global fulfillment center footprint, and ability to manage demand elasticity through its digital assets.

Today, however, services such as Google Express, Postmates, or Instacart and new fulfillment models based on real-time driver networks such as Uber, Lyft, and (more…)

Google sets New Trend: Voice Control, Mobile Virtual Reality

google-virtual-realityGoogle launched new products overnight, notably two flagship smartphones under new brand Pixel, a mobile VR called Daydream View, and a voice controlled smart speaker Google Home (although the product was introduced back in May, and details weren’t available till now). Keys to note: We remain conservative on “Pixel” actual sell-through; the phone seems to be aimed at competing with iPhone (same price as iPhone7), but the iPhone was launched a month earlier.

We note that Google is abandoning “Nexus” brand and no longer co-branding with OEMs; the value-add for OEMs further decreases (HTC is the OEM for “Pixel”). The launch of Google’s mobile VR could accelerate the trend of supporting (more…)

Facebook at Work to Compete Slack’s Growth

facebook-work-competes-slackTechnologies and applications first developed for the consumer Internet space have had an important impact on enterprise environments, and consumer Internet companies, such as Google and Amazon, have benefited from their enterprise efforts in areas like productivity apps and cloud services. Leveraging its strengths in app development, messaging, and social networking, Facebook is expected to launch its Facebook at Work solution for general availability as early as next month.

Slack the network for (more…)

Ambani’s RoI speak Decoded – More Jio4G Plan, Apps Subscriptions

jio-4g-more-plansImmediately after the launch of Reliance Jio’s Plans, we justified on how these plans are to just test the waters of incumbents A-Vo-Id Telecom Lobby led by Airtel. We listened to Reliance Chief Mukesh Ambani’s AGM statement again where he mentions Jio is targeted to achieve high-teen returns (only generated by Airtel today). We thought for a while on how this can be achieved and it looks reasonably doable over the next 24 months.

Telecom Analysis today is all about Network Capacity Framework the findings of which seem to have been confirmed by Idea cellular the just in time execution master with (more…)

Reliance Jio – Not just a 4G Carrier, A Complete Digital / Infotainment / Commerce Platform

jio-digital-platformMukesh Ambani made a mark for himself in India in the early 90s when he persuaded his father Dhirubhai Ambani to go for backward integration in the booming petrochemicals and further took the dream ahead into Oil & Gas business. He was also the brain behind the erstwhile Reliance Infocomm now Reliance Communications managed by his brother Anil Ambani in a bitter separation during 2005.

Mukesh Ambani had the vision about Digital India and thus began his unraveling of the complete Telecom, Content, Infotainment, eCommerce and digital blueprint from his brains on to the strategists’ drawing board at Reliance. Jio’s entry in the telecom space is a vehicle to deliver content and services riding the world class (more…)

How to get Jio 4G SIM Activated Guaranteed in 12 Hours ?

Reliance Jio Infocomm launched Preview Offer of its Jio 4G VoLTE services for Free on Voice and Data until the 31st Dec, 2016. There was a mad rush to get Jio SIM Card to make the best of it by floating Wireless Consumers who switch to any operator who offers Freebies. India is per-dominantly (95%) a Pre-Paid Wireless market with bottom of the pyramid having no loyalty to any operator as they scout for deals. In this backdrop, Large Number of SIMs were issued, some sold by retailers in Black but the back end of Jio is unable to handle the mass activation as they have to process each and every Customers Application Form [CAF] Manually by digitizing the same.

On the 5th of September, they launched eKYC Platform in-line with Jio’s automation across all processes inside the company. We’d like to let our readers know how Easy and a Guaranteed process it is to get your Jio 4G SIM Activated within 12 hours, if you go for the Aadhar based eKYC.

Customers Need to Carry the Following:
1. Aadhar Card
2. Jio’s Coupon / Bar Code
3. SIM Optional [If you have already bought, else if it is available in Jio Store]

Step-1:Make sure your handset is compatible with Jio 4G. Go to the App Store and Download the My Jio App from Playstore and generate the Coupon / Bar Code as shown below. Take a Screenshot / Print (more…)

Who are Google Cloud’s Big Corporate Customers and their Applications?

google-cloud-corporate-customersWe have researched on who are the Big Corporate Customers of Google Cloud, the Best Cloud Computing Platform globally and what Google’s Cloud Services they have been availing during their shift from Traditional Client Server Computing over the past 20 years dominated by Microsoft and IBM.

We list the name of the Company and the Google Cloud Service they have availed for what kind of Application serving their (more…)

Why Google Cloud acquired Apigee API Platform ?

google-apigee-cloudGoogle Cloud Platform business unit acquired Apigee, a provider of application programming interface. Apigee provides an API platform that can be used by companies to make their services available on multiple mobile devices. Apigee also provides its customers analytics to measure the activity coming from the apps. As an example, Walgreens uses Apigee to manage the Walgreens APIs that developers use to build apps for the Walgreens ecosystem.

This enhances Google’s push into corporate computing as they look to take advantage of the evolving industry dynamics. Google’s head of cloud computing Diane Greene stated as follows (more…)

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