TecQ: Jio Summer Surprise, Smart India Hackathon, Micromax & More

TecQ is our weekly round-up of top tech stories.

1. With 72 Million Jio Prime Users, Jio Announces Jio Summer Surprise

Reliance Jio 4G SIM. (Photo: The Quint)

Reliance Jio has announced that 72 million customers have paid for its internet services in India. It has also announced that the Jio Prime plan has now been extended until 15 April.

Starting 1 April, Reliance Jio was expected to start charging for its services, with plans priced at Rs 303 and Rs 499, offering 1GB and 2GB per day to users respectively. Customers were asked to pay Rs 99 for Jio Prime.

But following its tradition of surprises, Reliance Jio via Mukesh Ambani has rolled out a new offer called Jio Summer Surprise that offers free 33GB 4G internet till June 2017. And you’ll be billed for using Jio 4G from July.

Read the story here.

2. From Disruption to a Standstill: Why Micromax Needs a Quick Reboot

Micromax Canvas Xpress 2. (Photo: The Quint)

Micromax started off its mobile phone journey in 2000, and by 2017, it had moved on to manufacturing TV sets, air conditioners and even laptops.

At one point, Micromax, with Hollywood star Hugh Jackman as its brand ambassador, was giving Samsung a run for its money in India with its popular Canvas series of smartphones.

But since then, the Xiaomis and Lenovos have taken over the Rs 10,000 to 15,000 segment. Micromax has gone quiet over the past six months or so, with no major product announcement.

There has been a drastic management shuffle at the company as well. Read the story here.

3. Samsung Pay FAQs: All You Should Know About the Latest Payment App

Would you use Samsung Pay? (Photo: The Quint)

It might have come post the demonetisation kick in India, but Samsung has finally launched its mobile payment solution, called ‘Samsung Pay.’

With this service, consumers in India can keep their debit or credit cards at home. Unlike other mobile payment options, ‘Samsung Pay’ doesn’t require shop sellers to buy a new device. You can also avail its services across popular fast food outlets in the country.

Read here to know everything about ‘Samsung Pay.’

4. Smart India Hackathon: Budding Engineers Become Problem Solvers

5. Review: Tango Wellness Motivator Doesn’t Feel Fit in the Long Run

Tango Wellness Motivator has an alarm function with a sleep monitor and a calorie counter. (Photo: Shiv Kumar Maurya/The Quint)

Fitness goals are like recurring dreams which regularly feature in our daily to-do lists. An increasing range of fitness bands make sure that you can monitor your workout activities on your wrists.

In the same league of accessories is the Tango Fitness Band, launched by Health Care Success, a Finnish technology company. Available at Rs. 4,700 on online stores, this promises a lot. But does it really leave a mark, or proves to be just another run-of-the-mill tech? Read here to know the answer.