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Local smartphone brands including Micromax, Celkon, Swipe and Karbonn have adopted Indus OS

Indus OS - a mobile phone operating system built in India - has become the country's second-most popular smartphone platform, surpassing Apple's iOS.

Google's Android rules the roost by powering nine out of 10 smartphones sold in India.

And Mumbai-based Indus OS has been quietly making rapid inroads by plugging that gap.

Now, it's not exactly a new operating system built from scratch, but the developers have tweaked the Android platform to meet the unique demands and culture of India.

"We wanted to create a product specifically for the Indian consumer," Rakesh Deshmukh, co-founder and chief executive of Indus OS, tells the BBC.

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Ralph Knotts 2019-07-10

Samsung Venture, the investment arm of the South Korean technology giant, has invested $8.5 million in Indus OS and three other Indian startups as the company’s VC fund begins its journey in the country.

Indus OS is a popular Android fork that has built a suite of localized applications focused on serving the masses in India.

Samsung and Venturest funded the four-year-old startup’s $5.75 million Series B round.

Several smartphone vendors, including homegrown firms such as Micromax, Gioness, Intex, and Karbonn are customers of Indus OS, integrating many of its features into their handsets.

Rakesh Deshmukh, co-founder and CEO of Indus OS, told TechCrunch in an interview that the startup will use the fresh capital to develop more local solutions and build a software development kit for developers that will enable them to make tweaks to their existing apps and add India-specific features.

Deshmukh said Indus OS, which makes money from monetizing ads, would soon partner with more smartphone vendors to expand its reach in the country.

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Walmart-backed Indian payments services firm PhonePe is in advanced stages of talks to acquire Samsung-backed Indus OS, a startup that operates an eponymous third-party Android app store, a source familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The deal values Noida-headquartered Indus OS at $60 million, the source said, requesting anonymity as the matter is private. The […]
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Indus OS investors Affle Global and VenturEast have gotten into a legal battle with Walmart-owned PhonePe.
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Homegrown Indus App Bazaar has now crossed 100 million users base in India. The app store is part of Indus OS platform.
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This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers.

To learn more and subscribe, please click here.The broad range of localized languages in India is creating big opportunities for smaller smartphone platforms, according to Bloomberg.

Indus OS, an Indian operating system OS based on Android, managed to overtake iOS as the second-largest smartphone OS in India at the end of 2015, coming in behind Android.

Since then, it has not only held the position, but it's also increased its lead over iOS.

Indus OS now controls 6.3% of the Indian smartphone market, according to Counterpoint Research.Indus OS managed to make a splash when it partnered with domestic phone maker Micromax in Q2 2015.

In Q1 2016, the company accounted for 17% of total smartphone shipments in the country, Counterpoint Research notes.The success of Indus OS versus a much larger company like Apple is indicative of the power of localization in non-Western markets.

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The team of Indus OS will lead the operations of Switch, PhonePe's integrated platform for food, grocery, shopping, and travel.
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New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) Samsung Venture Investment Corporation (SVIC), the venture capital arm of Samsung, on Wednesday announced its maiden investments in India, totaling $8.5 million (nearly Rs 60 crore) across four Indian start-ups.While SVIC did not disclose how much it invested in which start-up, a company spokesperson told IANS that the investment in each of the start-ups ranges between $1 million to $5 million.Vidstatus“SVIC is planning to make 100 investments (each amounting $1 million to $5 million) in India in the next three to five years,” Aloknath De, Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Samsung RD Institute Bengaluru, told IANS in a telephonic conversation.Vidstatus apkThe four start-ups in which SVIC has invested so far in the country are system apps company OSLabs (Indus OS), speech technology startup Gnani.ai, IoT solutions provider Silvan Innovation Labs and an early stage computer vision start-up the name of which has not been disclosed.Vidstatus downloadMumbai-based OSLabs has developed a curated app store, Indus App Bazaar, which has a collection of over 400,000 mobile apps in multiple Indian languages.Bangalore-based Gnani.ai works in the space of automatic speech recognition and natural language processing in Indic languages for building voice assistants and for speech analytics.Vidstatus for android Speech recognition is today an important part of human to machine interactions and there is a rising need for automated speech recognition (ASR) in the vernacular languages space.Read more :https://www.hindustantimes.com/tech/samsung-s-vc-arm-invests-8-5-million-in-4-indian-start-ups/story-Srb5EEEZDBvDOnRVZy4ExO.html

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Robert Rock 2016-12-13
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Local smartphone brands including Micromax, Celkon, Swipe and Karbonn have adopted Indus OS

Indus OS - a mobile phone operating system built in India - has become the country's second-most popular smartphone platform, surpassing Apple's iOS.

Google's Android rules the roost by powering nine out of 10 smartphones sold in India.

And Mumbai-based Indus OS has been quietly making rapid inroads by plugging that gap.

Now, it's not exactly a new operating system built from scratch, but the developers have tweaked the Android platform to meet the unique demands and culture of India.

"We wanted to create a product specifically for the Indian consumer," Rakesh Deshmukh, co-founder and chief executive of Indus OS, tells the BBC.

Jeff Smith 2021-05-19
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Walmart-backed Indian payments services firm PhonePe is in advanced stages of talks to acquire Samsung-backed Indus OS, a startup that operates an eponymous third-party Android app store, a source familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The deal values Noida-headquartered Indus OS at $60 million, the source said, requesting anonymity as the matter is private. The […]
Ronald Black 2020-09-10
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Homegrown Indus App Bazaar has now crossed 100 million users base in India. The app store is part of Indus OS platform.
Dwayne Alcorn 2021-05-19
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The team of Indus OS will lead the operations of Switch, PhonePe's integrated platform for food, grocery, shopping, and travel.
Ralph Knotts 2019-07-10

Samsung Venture, the investment arm of the South Korean technology giant, has invested $8.5 million in Indus OS and three other Indian startups as the company’s VC fund begins its journey in the country.

Indus OS is a popular Android fork that has built a suite of localized applications focused on serving the masses in India.

Samsung and Venturest funded the four-year-old startup’s $5.75 million Series B round.

Several smartphone vendors, including homegrown firms such as Micromax, Gioness, Intex, and Karbonn are customers of Indus OS, integrating many of its features into their handsets.

Rakesh Deshmukh, co-founder and CEO of Indus OS, told TechCrunch in an interview that the startup will use the fresh capital to develop more local solutions and build a software development kit for developers that will enable them to make tweaks to their existing apps and add India-specific features.

Deshmukh said Indus OS, which makes money from monetizing ads, would soon partner with more smartphone vendors to expand its reach in the country.

Mildred Billups 2021-05-24
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Indus OS investors Affle Global and VenturEast have gotten into a legal battle with Walmart-owned PhonePe.
Mark Moore 2016-08-01
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This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers.

To learn more and subscribe, please click here.The broad range of localized languages in India is creating big opportunities for smaller smartphone platforms, according to Bloomberg.

Indus OS, an Indian operating system OS based on Android, managed to overtake iOS as the second-largest smartphone OS in India at the end of 2015, coming in behind Android.

Since then, it has not only held the position, but it's also increased its lead over iOS.

Indus OS now controls 6.3% of the Indian smartphone market, according to Counterpoint Research.Indus OS managed to make a splash when it partnered with domestic phone maker Micromax in Q2 2015.

In Q1 2016, the company accounted for 17% of total smartphone shipments in the country, Counterpoint Research notes.The success of Indus OS versus a much larger company like Apple is indicative of the power of localization in non-Western markets.

vidstatus me 2019-07-10
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New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) Samsung Venture Investment Corporation (SVIC), the venture capital arm of Samsung, on Wednesday announced its maiden investments in India, totaling $8.5 million (nearly Rs 60 crore) across four Indian start-ups.While SVIC did not disclose how much it invested in which start-up, a company spokesperson told IANS that the investment in each of the start-ups ranges between $1 million to $5 million.Vidstatus“SVIC is planning to make 100 investments (each amounting $1 million to $5 million) in India in the next three to five years,” Aloknath De, Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Samsung RD Institute Bengaluru, told IANS in a telephonic conversation.Vidstatus apkThe four start-ups in which SVIC has invested so far in the country are system apps company OSLabs (Indus OS), speech technology startup Gnani.ai, IoT solutions provider Silvan Innovation Labs and an early stage computer vision start-up the name of which has not been disclosed.Vidstatus downloadMumbai-based OSLabs has developed a curated app store, Indus App Bazaar, which has a collection of over 400,000 mobile apps in multiple Indian languages.Bangalore-based Gnani.ai works in the space of automatic speech recognition and natural language processing in Indic languages for building voice assistants and for speech analytics.Vidstatus for android Speech recognition is today an important part of human to machine interactions and there is a rising need for automated speech recognition (ASR) in the vernacular languages space.Read more :https://www.hindustantimes.com/tech/samsung-s-vc-arm-invests-8-5-million-in-4-indian-start-ups/story-Srb5EEEZDBvDOnRVZy4ExO.html