UCWeb Data Traffic Report: Cricket-related Content Consumption Soars 230% in 2017; Virat Kohli Most Popular Player

 

UCWeb Registers User Traffic of 0.75 Billion During IPL and ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Cricket Frenzy Part 2.jpgConsumption of Cricket-related content exceeded 0.75 billion on UCWeb Platforms – UC News and UC Browser, for the latest edition of IPL 2017 and the recently-concluded ICC Champions Trophy 2017. This is according to a data report, titled Insights into India’s Cricket Frenzy, released by UCWeb, a business within Alibaba Mobile Business Group. More than 50% of the country’s population logged on to the UCWeb platforms over the last 3 months for cricket scores and updates.

Cricket makes up for 68% of all sports-related content consumed on UC News. On a daily basis, over 3 million cricket fans checked into the UC Platform to consume cricket-related content, clocking in 7 million hours of cumulative content reading – a jump of 230% from last year. UC Platform saw maximum traction from the cities of Lucknow, Pune, Bhopal and Delhi and Mumbai. UC Cricket, a key component within UC Browser, was first introduced in 2013 to offer news and updates about cricket matches. It has now evolved to become a comprehensive cricket content platform. For the latest cricket season, UC News, content and news distribution platform of UCWeb, introduced a special section to offer comprehensive news and cricket-related content for the users.

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The IPL Final was the most watched match of the IPL season with 21 million views and Kolkata Knight Riders emerged as the Most Popular Team of IPL 2017, followed by Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils. Captain of the National Cricket team, Virat Kohli remains the most popular player, clocking readership of over 32 million across 4600 articles. Rohit Sharma, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khar were the other top-read cricketers.

 

Commenting on the insights from the report, Young Li, Head of International Business Department, Alibaba Mobile Business Group said, “Cricket remains the most popular sport in India with mobile internet driving consumption of digital cricket content. UCWeb has been at the forefront of this change with its revamped UC Cricket and the UC News’ We-Media Blogger Program, a common platform that brings viewpoints from celebrities, bloggers, key influencers and the common man to a single place. This season, over 2000 We-Media writers posted 6,000 pieces of original cricket content on UC News, garnering total Page Views of over a billion.”

 

Last month, UC News ran an innovative IPL campaign “Match ki Kahaani, Celebs ki Zubaani” with #MasalaCommentary, bringing together multiple celebrities for app-based commentary on the IPL matches. UC News live streamed the chat and activities on its app, garnering a total of over 6.6 million views. Meanwhile, UC Browser is the sixth most downloaded application on Android platform in India with over 100 million Monthly Active Users.

 

 

About UCWeb

UCWeb Inc. (UCWeb), a business within Alibaba Mobile Business Group, is a leading provider of mobile internet software and services. Since the inception in 2004, UCWeb’s mission has been to provide better mobile internet experience to people around the world. The international product portfolio of UCWeb includes UC Browser (mobile browsing service), UC News (content distributor), 9Apps (Android app store), and UC Union (mobile traffic and monetization platform). UC Browser is one of the world’s top 3 mobile browsers (as per StatCounter). UC Browser has reached 420 million Monthly Active Users as of August 2016, while 9Apps has clocked over 250 million. Additional information about UCWeb and its products can be found at www.ucweb.com.

 

 

About UC News

UC News is a big-data powered content distributor, serving as a one-stop source of trending and curated news content covering all popular categories that Indian users can consume on the go, with 20+ featured channels including news, cricket, technology, entertainment, movies, lifestyle, health, humor, etc. UC News integrates trending content from social media and partners with traditional media, self-publishers and key opinion leaders for original content. UC News is now available in 3 languages including Hindi, Indonesian and English. UC News is major product of UCWeb Inc. – a business within Alibaba Mobile Business Group. UCWeb’s flagship product UC Browser now integrated with news feeds from UC News, is the No.1 mobile browser in India according to StatCounter.

HTC launches flagship smartphone HTC U11 priced at INR 51,990 /- in India

Combines
revolutionary new squeeze technology HTC Edge Sense for enhanced functionality

– Intelligent personal audio (HTC U Sonic) with
multiple AI assistants

– Highest rated smartphone camera in the world with an
incredible DxOMark 90 score

– Comes with IP67 rating, dust, splash and water
resistant

– Powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform

 

Nothing feels as close, connected and
personal in our lives as our smartphone. HTC Corporation, a leading
innovator in mobile and virtual reality technology, unveiled its flagship
smartphone, the HTC U11 priced at INR 51,990 /- (MOP) in India today. HTC U11
is the world’s first smartphone with a revolutionary new squeeze technology HTC
Edge Sense which gives users the ability to activate advanced touch and use a
“short squeeze” as well as a “squeeze and hold” for enhanced functionality. It
also has the highest rated smartphone camera in the world with an incredible
DxOMark 90 score1. The HTC U11 will be available on both online
(Amazon.in) and offline channels in India from the last week of June ’17 in
Amazing Silver and Brilliant Black colours.

Pre-orders on HTC e-store will start from 17th June
and customers availing the pre-order will receive a free HTC flip-cover worth
INR 1,999 /-. Customers also have an option to avail 10% cash back on the MOP
value of the phone using Standard Chartered Debit or Credit card. This offer is
valid for a limited time-period beginning 26th June‘17. HTC U11 comes with the
latest version of HTC USonic that combines Active Noise Cancellation with the
ability to tune audio to your unique hearing. It also has an IP67 rating and is
dust, splash and is also water-resistant2, so no need to worry about
splashes, spills or dunks. It is the first smartphone to be commercially
released worldwide exclusively powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile
Platform. Its stunning liquid glass surface is crafted using Optical Spectrum
Hybrid Deposition.

Speaking during the launch Mr. Faisal Siddiqui,
President South Asia, HTC
said, “We are proud to present our flagship
smartphone – HTC U11 which showcases HTC’s power of innovation by bringing to
discerning customers pioneering technologies that are game-changers in the
industry and reflect our strong focus on R&D and Design. HTC U11 comes
equipped with unique features like Edge Sense that opens the doors to a whole
new world of phone interactions. We are particularly proud of the fact that the
U11 camera has achieved an incredible DxOMark 90 score, making it the
highest rated smartphone ever in DxOMark history also making it the #1
smartphone camera on the market today. We are confident that the HTC U11 will
set new industry standards.”

Mr. Larry Paulson, Vice President and President,
Qualcomm India,
said: “The HTC U11 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Mobile Platform. The Snapdragon 835 is small in size (10nm), but big on
performance. Users can expect outstanding battery life, jaw dropping
graphics, and cutting-edge camera capabilities. And with the X16 LTE modem, you
also get breakthrough speeds. Power users have a lot to look forward with HTC
U11,” said Larry Paulson, Vice President and President, Qualcomm India.”

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U touch –

With a simple squeeze, HTC Edge Sense lets you easily
engage with your phone in an unprecedented yet intuitive way, helping you more
naturally enjoy the things you love like taking photos, opening Facebook, or
launching any of your favourite apps. Want even more touch control? HTC Edge
Sense gives you the ability to activate advanced touch and use a “short
squeeze” as well as a “squeeze and hold” for even more functionality at your
fingertips. And because Edge Sense is based on pressure applied to the side of
the device, it can be used in nearly any condition – including rainy weather
that would normally pose a challenge with capacitive buttons.

 

HTC Edge Sense lets you easily engage with your phone
in an unprecedented & intuitive way

  • Taking photos – Just lift, squeeze,
    smile, and snap
  • Voice to Text – Lightly squeeze, speak
    your message and send your texts on the go
  • Customize the squeeze gesture: open
    email with just a squeeze

 

Reflects U – HTC U11’s liquid glass surface is crafted
using Optical Spectrum Hybrid Deposition. By layering highly-refractive
precious minerals across the phone’s back cover along-with the new seamless,
curved look with 5.5” Quad HD 3D lass on both front and back for vivid, crisp
images and text in any light. Plus, HTC U11 is water-resistant2 so
no need to worry about splashes, spills, or dunks.

 

Tuned to U – HTC U11 comes with the latest version of HTC
USonic
that combines Active Noise Cancellation with the ability to tune
audio to your unique hearing. HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition speakers, Dynamic
Range Audio and Upgraded microphones, with new Acoustic Focus technology
enables the best 3D audio recording quality yet to record audio from all
directions.
Out of the box, we
will also ship an HTC USB-C to 3.5mm adapter with a built-in DAC that offers
great audio performance and wide compatibility with all other devices and
earphones.

 

Pictures that move U – HTC U11 has achieved the highest ever rating for a
smartphone camera for both photo and video by independent metric DxOMark1 with
an incredible score of 90. The multi-axis optical stabilization system and
super-fast autofocus in all lighting conditions makes the camera quick,
pictures sharp, and videos smooth. Other innovative features include Auto HDR
for HDR without lag, HDR Boost for clearer, balanced pictures, Temporal Noise
Reduction to remove unwanted noise and deliver the clearest video, UltraSpeed
AutoFocus for faster focus speeds and optical and electronic stabilization
system for steady photos and videos.

 

The smarter digital companion for U – Three brains are better than one, so inside
HTC U11 you can find three intelligent companions devoted to you: HTC Sense
Companion, Google Assistant,
and Amazon Alexa3.

 

ge004.png@01D2E690.B7F68030Powerful U – HTC U11 is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835
Mobile Platform
. You get 25% faster graphics than the HTC 10, with 35% or 3
hours more video playback, 30% or 8 hours more music playback and 43% or 3.5
hours longer web browsing time via a LTE network4. HTC U11 is
available in India with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

 

Please see htc.com for detailed specifications and more
information.

 

Notes to
Editors:

1. Based on
DxOMark ratings: dxomark.com/Mobiles.

2. HTC U11 has
an IP67 rating and is dust, splash and water resistant up to 1 meter of
freshwater for up to 30 minutes and tested under controlled laboratory
conditions. Normal wear and tear may decrease splash and water resistance over
time. Do not attempt to charge or otherwise use the USB Type-C port on a wet
HTC U11. For drying instruction and tips on maintaining water resistance,
consult the user guide, support site, or the Help app on the device. Liquid
damage may not be covered under warranty.

3. Availability
varies by region.

4. Performance
tests are conducted in HTC laboratories using specific HTC devices. Battery
life varies by use and settings. Usage, environment conditions, network
connectivity and other factors may vary the actual outcome.

 

About HTC

HTC Corporation
aims to bring brilliance to life. As a global innovator in smart mobile devices
and technology, HTC has produced award-winning products and industry firsts
since its inception in 1997, including the critically acclaimed HTC One and
Desire lines of smartphones. The pursuit of brilliance is at the heart of
everything we do, inspiring best-in-class design and game-changing mobile and
virtual reality experiences for consumers around the world. HTC is listed on
the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). www.htc.com

# # #

 

HTC, HTC One
and the HTC logo are the trademarks of HTC Corporation. All other names of
companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their
respective owners. Qualcomm and Snapdragon are trademarks of Qualcomm
Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. Qualcomm
Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

 

For more information,
please visit:

Website: www.htc.com/in/

Twitter: @ HTC_IN

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HTCIndia

 

Alibaba Mobile Business Group Appoints Damon Xi as Head of UCWeb India, Indonesia

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Alibaba Mobile Business Group, part of Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment, has announced the appointment of Damon Xi as Head of UCWeb India and Indonesia office. In his new role, Damon will be in charge of the UCWeb ecosystem along with content cooperation within India and Indonesia markets. Prior to this, Damon was General Manager of UCWeb India, leading strategic alliance and business development for the company in India.In a significant restructuring announced last month, Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment Group elevated Jack Huang to President of Alibaba Mobile Business Group and Young Li as Head of International Business Department at Alibaba Mobile Business Group.

 

UCWeb’s flagship product UC Browser is the number one platform in India and Indonesia with over 50% market share, ahead of Google Chrome and Opera. UC Browser is also the sixth most downloaded application on Android platform in India and has crossed 100 million monthly active users.

 

India and Indonesia have become most important overseas markets for UCWeb. Over the last 6 years, UCWeb has transformed itself from being the largest mobile browser to a leading content distribution platform in India through the launch and integration of UC News. UC News is a big-data powered content distributor, serving as a one-stop destination for trending and curated news content. It has featured channels on general news, cricket, technology, entertainment, movies, lifestyle, health, and humour. UC News has crossed 100 Million Monthly Active Users (MAUs), rapidly growing in India & Indonesia market since its launch in June 2016.

 

In January, Alibaba announced a Rs. 2 billion investment to build UCWeb in India and Indonesia over the next two years, by tapping into the potential of user-generated content.  UCWeb’s strength in technology is helping UC News process millions of data request and content of massive origins everyday with the help of its 3 big data clusters set-up in India. The UC We-Media program where people get an opportunity to create, to write, share thoughts and engage with their followers on UC News is set to expand to 30,000 contributors by the end of 2017, producing over 10,000 pieces of content daily.

 

Alibaba Mobile Business Group is part of Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment which reported a 271 per cent jump, year-on-year, for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017 with significant contributions from mobile internet services revenue from UCWeb businesses, including mobile search and news feeds, as well as apps and game publishing across China as well as key global markets like India and Indonesia.

 

 

About UCWeb

UCWeb Inc. (UCWeb), a business within Alibaba Mobile Business Group, is a leading provider of mobile internet software and services. Since the inception in 2004, UCWeb’s mission has been to provide better mobile internet experience to people around the world. The international product portfolio of UCWeb includes UC Browser (mobile browsing service), UC News (content distributor), 9Apps (Android app store), and UC Union (mobile traffic and monetization platform). UC Browser is one of the world’s top 3 mobile browsers (as per StatCounter). UC Browser has reached 420 million Monthly Active Users as of August 2016, while 9Apps has clocked over 250 million. Additional information about UCWeb and its products can be found atwww.ucweb.com.

Avis India Launches its Mobile Application for Self & Chauffeur Drive Rentals

Available on iOS‘App Store’ and Google ‘Play Store’

Avis India, India’s leading mobility solutions provider has launched its Mobile Application (App) to enable Chauffeur Drive & Self Drive rentals in India.

 

The Mobile App available for Android and Apple users is a free interactive tool that allows travelers to make a reservation. The new application, available online through the iOS ‘App Store’ and Google ‘Play Store’ features multi-touch booking so customers can easily point and click on a vehicle for rent. Along with a simplified booking process the App has multiple features such as managing bookings, 24*7 Customer support, exploring latest offers, sharing with friends and family, etc.

 

Mr. Sunil Gupta, Managing Director & CEO of Avis India said “We’re always looking for ways to save our customers time and enhance the rental experience – and that starts with the reservation process. Soon the Avis India App will also power our international self-drive bookings to Avis worldwide network of 168 countries. The App will also enable chauffeur drive bookings to its large network of corporate customers.”

 

Avis India has also remodeled its current website www.avis.co.in and made it more user friendly.

 

“We use sophisticated telematics solutions to enable all cars to be available on a single web and mobile platform. The Mobile application becomes the navigation and key to your car once it has been booked.”, further added Mr Gupta.

 

About Avis

Avis Car Rental operates one of the world’s best-known car rental brands with more than 5,200 locations in more than 168 countries. Avis has a long history of innovation in the car rental industry and is one of the world’s top brands for customer loyalty. Avis is owned by Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR), which operates and licenses the brand throughout the world. For more information visit www.avis.com.


About Avis India

India’s leading car rental, leasing and fleet management provider, Avis India, is a joint venture between Avis Budget Group, Inc. and The Oberoi Group. Avis India has a fleet of more than 5500 premium cars across the country, with a network extending across 50 conveniently-located rental stations in 20 cities. Avis India has more than 3000 vehicles in operations under its car leasing business. For further information, please visit www.avis.co.in. The Oberoi Group operates 28 hotels and three cruisers in five countries under the luxury ‘Oberoi’ and five-star ‘Trident’ brands. For more information on The Oberoi Group, please visit www.oberoihotels.com

Avis in India is present at Agra, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, New Delhi, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, NOIDA, Pune, Rishikesh, Shimla, Trivandrum, Udaipur, and Vadodara.

India finds the Ultimate Bartender Paramveer Singh wins the Ultimate Bartender Championship by Monkey Shoulder 

Monkey Shoulder, a scotch for the new generation of whisky aficionados, brings the ‘Ultimate Bartender Championship’ to India.  This competition journeyed across the country challenging bartending ‘skills that pay the bills.’

The India leg of the Championship, which began in Kolkata moved on to the cities of Hyderabad, Goa, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Gurgaon and Delhi. This year, the competition had participation from over 250contestants tested on their unique techniques, insights, speed and skills behind the bar. Bartenders got a chance to showcase bartending skills of industry knowledge, hospitality, pouring, nosing and stocktaking

Paramveer Singh won the India Grand Finale of the Ultimate Bartender Championship by Monkey Shoulder held at Paparazzi, New Delhi today. The event was hosted by Joe Petch; Monkey Shoulder’s Global Brand Ambassador. The competition brought together the most talented bartenders of India with a showcase of their prowess and art of bartending. Commenting on his win Paramveer Singh said, “I’m very excited to win this prestigious industry competition, especially when you have the best of the best from the industry to compete with! This is such an extra-ordinary initiative by Monkey Shoulder to get the most talented bartenders of the country to test their skills in this Grand Finale of Ultimate Bartender Championship in India.”  

As the national winner of the grand finale, Paramveer has gained a coveted place in the world’s most prestigious Cocktail event, Tales of the Cocktail, at New Orleans with an all expenses paid trip. The two runners up, Chirag Pal and Jitender Singh will go to Camp Monkey to be held at Seville, Spain for an education and engagement program by Monkey Shoulder.

Commenting on this championship, Shweta Jain, India Marketing Head at William Grant & Sons said, “Monkey Shoulder’s Ultimate Bartender Championship is a one of a kind platform for developing new age bartenders of today around the globe. Today, we saw a high-energy event, which has lifted all the bartending parameters! We are very excited with the success of the India season 2017 to celebrate this extra ordinary skill. For Monkey Shoulder, the bartender is at the center of a great drinking experience as it’s a 100% malt whisky made for mixing.

Joe Petch, Global Brand Ambassador, Monkey Shoulder further said, “Monkey Shoulder’s UBC is THE ‘Ultimate Bartending Championship’. It’s a global bartender competition that recognizes the day-to-day ‘Skills that Pay the Bills’. It’s a competition designed by bartenders for bartenders… Today we witnessed the highest level of bartending in India & can’t wait to see what happens next year! “

 
About Monkey Shoulder

Monkey Shoulder is produced by William Grant & Sons, an independent family-owned distiller headquartered in the United Kingdom and founded by William Grant in 1887. 
Today, the global premium spirits company is run by the fifth generation of his family and distils some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky, including the world’s most awarded single malt Glenfiddich®, The Balvenie® range of handcrafted single malts and the world’s third-largest blended Scotch, Grant’s as well as other iconic spirits brands such as Hendrick’s Gin, and Sailor Jerry, and Tullamore DEW Irish Whiskey. 
 

ADDRESS HOME launches the Yellow and Grey Spring Summer 2017 Collection

Address Home, the luxury home décor brand, now introduces the yellow and grey spring summer 2017 collection, reflective of the contemporary chic aesthetic in home decor. The new collection of cushions from Address Home gives a modernist twist to Old Persian Geometric Patterns. Creating an atmosphere of sophistication and playfulness, the embracing grey with refreshing yellow will exemplify your summer.


This contemporary cool color palette for spring summer season by Address Home is all you need to transform your home. As the “funand vibrant yellow meets the subtle yet edgy grey”, it energizes your room, makes a stunning statement and sets your home apart.

The spring summer collection of cushions comes into being with intricate needle work, bead embellishments, silk embroidery and gold foiling to give it a glamour quotient. The textures are generously employed to imbue the room with a snazzy style. The geometric pattern decorates plain fabrics in silk, velvet and cotton. They create a perfect tranquil space for summers, adding just the right amount of zing to your den. Although made with simple elements they have the capacity to transform a bland space into an opulent retreat reflective of a high degree of beauty and elegance.

Address Home has combined different techniques in each piece of the collection to bring out the design elements that bring in a layer of variety in your eye movement and breaks the monotony. It’s not only edgy and fun, but also encapsulates age old weaving, embroidering and embellishment techniques thereby bringing together the best of both worlds.

The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel hosts a Blood Donation Camp paying homage to The Leela Group Founder Chairman

 

Landmark destination for business and leisure travellers in Delhi, The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, hosted a blood donation camp in memory of the late Founder Chairman Captain CP Krishnan Nair of The Leela Group. The objective was to pay tribute to their late Founder Chairman who was an avid advocate and ardent supporter of contributing to the welfare of the society. The camp was organised in partnership with The Lions Blood Bank, Shalimar Bagh.

 

Speaking on the importance of the organisation of the blood donation camp Mr. Jaideep Anand, General Manager of The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel said, “This is the third death anniversary of our Founder Chairman Captain CP Krishnan Nair, and he would have been 95-years-old today. To celebrate this momentous milestone, 95 employees from each of The Leela hotels have donated blood that will contribute towards saving lives. We hope to follow the principles of our founder and are confident that this feeling of gratitude will stay with us and guide us to always do and aim for the better.”

 

The Leela Ambience Convention is a strong believer of ‘change begins at home’ and coupled with the encouraging ideals of their late Founder Chairman, the hotel aims at bringing about a change in the society in the best possible ways that they can.

 

About The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel

 

The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, Delhi (formerly known as Kempinski Ambience Hotel Delhi), is strategically located near the historic Old Delhi as well as the central business districts of Delhi, Ghaziabad and Noida. The hotel is a landmark for both business and leisure travellers in the city.

 

The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel offers 480 rooms and suites; 70,000 square feet of multi-purpose meeting and banqueting space, including a pillar-less ballroom a with pre function area in excess of 30,000 square feet. One of the largest in a luxury hotel in India, the ballroom can accommodate more than 6000 guests in a cocktail format and 2500 in theatre-style. The Ballroom can be divided into 5 smaller rooms with flexible seating and adjacent to the Ballroom are 4 VIP guest rooms which are used as break away areas. The hotel also offers a second ballroom with an area of 3500 square feet and an exclusive 1100 square feet outdoor patio, 2 exclusive boardrooms and 3 meeting rooms.