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Internet and Mobile Association launches Mobile10X

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

New Delhi: The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) on Wednesday launched Mobile10X — a forum to nurture and grow the apps ecosystem in India by bringing together various stakeholders. This was done with a view to bring in capability and quality among the country’s app developers.

The forum has five pillars. They are– mobile startup hubs (where app testing can be done); the training of 500,000 app developers and creating five apps incubation centres across the country in the next five years; and online mentoring of app developers. The other two pillars are investor connections and industry connections.

The first App Incubation Centre is slated for launch in Bengaluru. The founding partners for it are Google and Paytm.

The board members of Mobile10X include — V Manjula, secretary, Department of IT, Biotechnology, and Science & Technology, government of Karnataka, Rajan Anandan, vice president and managing director, Google, South East Asia & India and Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder, One97 and Paytm.

The other board members are Naveen Tewari, founder and CEO, InMobi; and Kunal Bahl, co-founder and CEO, SnapDeal; and Subho Ray, president, IAMAI.

The IAMAI is the industry body representing the internet and mobile sector in the country.

“We are ready with the Bengaluru incubation centre. The Gurgaon centre will be coming up by January 2016. We are in talks for incubation centres in places like Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Mumbai and Pune,” Subho Ray, president, IAMAI said.

This programme by IAMAI is in line with the vision of the Indian government, which set aside Rs 1,000 crore fund for technology starups in the Budget 2015-16.

“At the end of five years, we will look at 10 times the quality, 10 times the revenue and 10 times the number of developers,” Anandan said.

There are around 50,000 mobile app developers in the country.

Anandan added: “India doesn’t have a dearth of engineering students. The question is quality. We are trying to improve the underlying quality.”

Nishant Rao, country manager, LinkedIn said around 63 percent graduates in India are unemployable.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Photos-only Mode On Facebook’s Mobile App Under Testing

Facebook's in-app 'photos only' mode is under testing

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A photos-only mode for Facebook's mobile application is under testing. Pixabay

A photos-only mode for Facebook’s mobile application is under testing and it would let users see algorithmically suggested photos in a feed similar to its photo sharing platform Instagram.

The feature, named “Popular Photos”, affixes an endless scroll of algorithmically selected images from friends beneath the full-screen view of a photo opened from the News Feed. The result is an experience that is similar to Instagram feed, TechCrunch has recently reported.

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Facebook already has Stories, messaging, profiles, and its IGTV-esque Watch video hub. Pixabay

A mode was first spotted in October and the trial has since concluded. The new feature is being worked on with future tests in mind.

Also Read- Instagram Likely to Expand its Private Like Counts Test Globally

The company refused to disclose more details or its motives for Popular Photos. Given Facebook already has Stories, messaging, profiles, and its IGTV-esque Watch video hub, it’s only the Explore tab and a dedicated media feed that are missing from it being a full clone of Instagram, the report added. (IANS)