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Apple WWDC 2014 – Move Towards Internet of Things With Health, Home and Developer Tools

Apple MOves Towards Internet of ThingsApple’s WWDC 2014 was solely focused on software-based enhancements. These include tight coupling of iOS and Mac OS integration, significant iCloud enhancements, additional Siri features, enterprise enhancements, and sub-platforms for health and home.

iOS continues to evolve; ties deepen with Mac OS – Apple stressed the importance of uniformity across the installed base [something akin to Windows Platform], easing developer requirements as well as providing a more secure experience (in contrast to fragmentation on Android). It was noted that 89% of iPhone users are currently running the latest iteration of the platform (iOS 7), compared to only 9% of Android users running KitKat

Apple previewed the new iOS 8 upgrade which features a refined notification center, improvements to Messages, Mail, and Safari, in addition to QuickType, which provides predictive typing suggestions and has the ability to learn a user’s tendencies.

Apple’s launch of the Touch ID API provides third-party apps with the ability to use Touch ID (fingerprint sensor technology). This not only provides immediate app and security enhancements for third-party iOS apps, but it is also another important step towards a broader mobile payments platform as it moves iOS closer to finger print secured payments outside of just iTunes today. Swift, a new programming language, was also introduced which was noted to be fast, modern, safe, and interactive. If Swift takes off with developers, it could provide a new source of platform differentiation for iOS.

HealthKit and Health app – The new HealthKit aims to break down barriers, allowing apps to gather information and control devices from a more centralized point. With Health, potential use cases span both consumer driven information and data for medical professionals. On the consumer front, Nike’s Nike+ app was cited as an example of pulling together sensor data from multiple apps into one place to measure progress towards fitness goals. The Mayo Clinic app was used as an example to illustrate how a user’s blood pressure reading can be compared with “normal” levels and automatically notify a care provider if the metric falls outside of normal metrics. Apple’s Goal is to push hard to become a defacto platform standard for health, medical and the broader wearables categories over time

Apple Moves on the Home Automation Front with HomeKit It aims to unify these devices, providing for a common communication protocol. Apple has partnered with the leaders in home automation to provide secure pairing, the ability to control devices individually as well as in groups, and Siri integration. For example, a user telling Siri to “get ready for bed” which triggers the garage doors to close, the doors to lock, and the lights to shut off. This Home sub-platform, coupled with the Health sub-platform, highlight Apple’s desires to extend the reach of the iOS ecosystem and further integrate its functionality into the burgeoning Internet of Things.

New Mac OS Yesomite for iOS like ExperienceThe Yesomite update for Mac OS features a redesigned interface, as well as new notification center that’s similar to the experience on iOS devices. Importantly, Apple strengthened the tie between Mac OS and iOS devices with its new Continuity features that allow a more seamless transition across devices.

Just Dial – Local Search Revenue Model + Search Plus ERP Beyond Expectations

Just Dial ERP for Search PlusJust Dial the local search company is aggressively employing IT & Systems to stay ahead of competition. We’d like to present to you two of its systems – Local Search Monetization with Reverse Auction and the ERP for Search Plus Product.

JustDial has streamlined its earlier Get Quotes service to Real Time Reverse Auction (RTRA), which would improve user experience and also generate strong commission-based revenue. In RTRA, JDL deals only in branded products and whenever the company receives a query from a user it passes it on it to a vendor. JDL allows only the first seven vendors who responded with price quotes to participate in the auction. It charges a 0.2% commission from each of the seven vendors and, therefore, it generates a commission of 1.4% per lead, irrespective of whether the lead gets converted into sales or not. If the transaction is completed, then JDL receives an additional 1.0% from the vendor who completed the transaction.

Just Dial launched Search Plus service in 3QFY14 and currently, 10 Search Plus services are live and many more products are in the pipeline. As per JDL’s management, the user experience is very good. JDL focuses on engaging the small and medium enterprise or SME/vendor community for adopting its Search Plus platform and also the fulfillment process. Around 85,000 establishments have signed up for the Search Plus service including ~12,500 restaurants, ~20,000 grocery stores, ~20,000 medical stores, ~10,000 doctors etc. as of end-3QFY14. On a base of 10.8mn listings, ramp-up of establishments would happen at a faster pace from the current base of ~85,000 only.

Just Dial provides comprehensive ERP software solution to these establishments like grocery/provision stores etc which interacts with the JDL platform and, hence, the order execution is smooth. In addition, this solution can help such grocery stores and other establishments in inventory management also, as it can calculate real-time inventory in the system and place a direct order to suppliers like Hindustan Unilever (HUL), P&G etc once the inventory depletes to the threshold level [FMCG Companies would be keenly interested in this Big Data which they are going to get access in Real Time, for the First Time on Geographical Basis which until now was only available at the month end based on Distributor reports]. In this case, JDL has the potential to earn revenue by way of monthly rentals for the software solution and a transaction-based commission.

Currently, JDL is able to monetise only 2.3% of these listings. With a bouquet of services in the form of Get Quotes, Search Plus and other such services, the monetisation rate can increase to more than 5% in the next three-five years. We believe the full potential of Get Quotes and Search Plus services would be visible in the next four years, definitely innovative business practices and solutions are at work here.

WhatsApp Gets Hotter after Facebook Acquisition

Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram nearly two years ago was its first large deal, the announced acquisition of WhatsApp last month for $19bn in cash and stock is clearly its biggest bet to date which everybody is watching keenly. Given the size of the transaction and the perceived low switching costs of mobile messaging apps, investors are paying particular attention near-term on user growth for the WhatsApp messaging app to see if MAUs (monthly active users) are trending toward Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s goal of “over one billion people in the next few years“. Continue reading WhatsApp Gets Hotter after Facebook Acquisition

Microsoft Office App Download – Tops Apple / Android App Store – Negative for Microsoft Surface Tablet ?

Microsoft Office Top App Download on iStoreMicrosoft’s Office Apps have been at the top of the free download category on Apple’s App Store. Microsoft Office Mobile also ranked as the second-most-popular app for free download under the Productivity category on Android Play Store. Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadela announced that Office would be available on “all devices”, including those for Android tablets in future. Microsoft seems to have got the much needed break in the Mobile War opening its Treasure and changing its business strategy to make money on converging Software, Storage Access & Services across Devices. Continue reading Microsoft Office App Download – Tops Apple / Android App Store – Negative for Microsoft Surface Tablet ?

Will Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular Block WhatsApp / OTT Apps Voice Traffic in India ?

WhatsApp Voice Blocked in IndiaMark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook delivered at Mobile World Congress said that WhatsApp was worth more than the $19bn Facebook paid for. He gave limited insights on how he intends to monetize WhatsApp but ruled out monetizing customer data. WhatsApp is scheduled to launch voice service on top of its existing messaging service in Q2-2014. The main risk for operators is the potential cannibalization of voice usage and revenues by data as is already the case for SMS. With 95% of Indian users in Pre-Paid segment, there are no bundled offerings by Telcos which can cannibalize there revenues. Continue reading Will Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular Block WhatsApp / OTT Apps Voice Traffic in India ?

Yixin from NetEAse and China Teleocm to Compete WeChat / WhatsApp – Offer Free Data Network

Yixin Moble Chat Messaging App from China TelecomYixin is a Mobile messaging app introduced through a joint venture between NetEase (27% stake) and China Telecom (73% stake). With China Telecom taking the step forward it appears to us that Yixin App is Optimized for 3G mobile Networks unlike how WeChat Posed a Major Problem for China Mobile. Continue reading Yixin from NetEAse and China Teleocm to Compete WeChat / WhatsApp – Offer Free Data Network