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…)

Reliance Jio 4G Activating 1 Lakh SIMs Every Day, Reach 5 Mn Subscribers

jio-4g-sim-activationTelecom Analysts conducted sales and distribution channel check to understand consumers’ response to RJio’s recently launched Welcome Offer, wherein users can access free pan-India voice and data services.

Jio 4G SIM Cards are currently distributed only via the Reliance Retail channel Only. Distribution in mom-and-pop and modern stores will be started in 15-20 days. RJio has mapped 2.5lac SIM distributors, and over the coming quarters, it is expected to reach closer to the current number of (more…)

Jio’s 4G Plan Pricing to Mislead Airtel, Vodafone, Idea

Jio Commercial Plans MisleadingReliance Jio announced it has filed tariff plans with TRAI. These would be applicable from 1st Jan-17, post-expiry of the free service offer, renamed as Jio Welcome Offer . Akash Ambani appears to have mastered the lessons of Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu’s The Art of War and has hit Airtel, Vodafone and Idea where it matters most – Voice Revenues which account for 75% of their Billing.

We do not think Jio’s plans would have a significant impact on mass mobile broadband data market with ARPU of Rs200 400, because (as per Jio media release), there are no monthly packs (more…)

Google’s Low Cost Car Pooling via Waze to cut Uber’s Dominance

Google Car Pooling to Cut Uber BusinessGoogle plans to offer carpooling service via its Waze app to the broader San Francisco area beginning Fall 2016. The company originally tested carpool services with Waze in Israel in 2015 (now broadly available in Israel), and then launched a pilot program near its CA headquarters in May 2016. The next step is reportedly the San Francisco pilot for roughly 25k employees of large San Francisco firms including Wal-Mart Stores and Adobe, in which riders will be limited to two rides a day (for commute). Longer-term, the plan appears to be a broader SF roll-out for all Waze app users in the area.

Waze is a popular navigation app in which users can post notifications and alerts about traffic, accidents, police activity, etc. Google acquired Waze in 2013 for $966mn, which has grown to 65mn active users and continues as its own unit within Google. The carpool feature is similar to that of Uber and Lyft, but not exactly apples to apples. Whereas the latter focuses on a taxi-like service, Waze carpool aims to connect riders to drivers already going a (more…)

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