India to Have Over 800 Million Smartphone Users by 2022: Cisco

The number of smartphone users is expected to double to 829 million by 2022 from 404.1 million in 2017, projects a new Cisco report. This proliferation of smart devices will propel India’s per capita data consumption to nearly 14 gigabytes (GB) by 2022 from 2.4GB in 2017, according to Cisco’s latest “Visual Networking Index (VNI)” report. “By 2022,…

Instagram’s Close Friends Feature Lets Users Share Stories With a Smaller Group

Facebook’s Instagram said on Friday it launched a new feature dubbed “Close Friends” allowing users to share their stories with a smaller group of people. The new feature, which will appear on the user’s profile in the side menu enables Instagram’s more than 1 billion users to create a smaller group of friends and share stories exclusively with…

Oppo India MD Yi Wang Steps Down Amid Mounting Losses

Chinese smartphone maker Oppo India’s Managing Director Yi Wang has resigned from the company and the handset manufacturer has accepted his resignation, said a regulatory filing with the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). Wang will relinquish office on November 30. His resignation coincides with the increasing losses to the handset maker in the country. “In a…

Airbnb Will Start Testing Prototype Homes as Soon as Next Year

Airbnb announced Thursday that it will begin testing prototype homes as soon as next year to accommodate the needs of owners or occupants who rent and share living spaces. The new project, called Backyard, is “an initiative to prototype new ways that homes can be designed, built, and shared,” the company said in a news…

Instagram’s Close Friends Feature Lets Users Share Stories With a Smaller Group

Facebook’s Instagram said on Friday it launched a new feature dubbed “Close Friends” allowing users to share their stories with a smaller group of people. The new feature, which will appear on the user’s profile in the side menu enables Instagram’s more than 1 billion users to create a smaller group of friends and share stories exclusively with…

Google, Disney Enter Global Online Ads Partnership

Google has said it will now power advertising for Disney’s collection of brands and properties — including Disney, ABC, ESPN, Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars — across multiple channels, including live streaming and direct-to-consumer content offerings. As part of a global strategic relationship with Google, Disney will bring its entire global digital video and display business onto Google…