Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to visit India for 3rd time in 7 months
Close on the heels of Apple chief Tim Cook’s visit to India, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be in India later this month. In his third visit to the country in just seven months, Hyderabad-born Nadella is expected to meet entrepreneurs and developers as part of the trip.
Microsoft will also host an event with Nadella on May 30. According to invites, the head of the US-based software giant will talk about “how technology is fostering a culture of innovation to solve real-world problems and driving India s transformation”. Nadella was in India last December. He had met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and visited the campus of startup incubator T-hub and Microsoft development centre in Hyderabad.
In November, he had delivered a keynote address at Microsoft’s ‘Future Unleashed’ event in Mumbai and met industry leaders like Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra and Axis Bank managing director Shikha Sharma. These visits and increasing engagements by global leaders highlight India’s rise as a huge technology consumer and not just as an outsourcing destination.
China’s Coolpad to set up R&D centre in Bengaluru
Chinese handset maker Coolpad on Friday said it will set up its research and development (R&D) unit in Bengaluru by the end of the year to add localised features to meet demands of the Indian consumers. The company, which has partnered Videocon to assemble its handsets in India, also aims to sell about 4 million smartphones this year.
"We are looking at setting up R&D centre in Bengaluru. We expect to start after Diwali and it would be fully functional before the end of the year...We expect to have about 85 people to begin with," Coolpad India CEO Syed Tajuddin said.
He added that the centre will work on customisation of the device to meet Indian requirements and at a later stage, also focus on app and content for the smartphones.
The company today launched its new handset — Coolpad Max — priced at Es 24,999. It will be sold through Amazon.in. The device will allow users to use two accounts on WhatsApp, Facebook, Messenger and other apps, which users currently can't do.
It features a 5.5-inch display, powered by Qualcomm 1.5 GHz octacore processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB memory (expandable upto 64GB), 13 MP rear and 5MP front camera and 2800 mAh battery. "This is the fourth device we have launched in the last sixth month. We are working on expanding our portfolio and we should have atleast 5 new devices this year," he said.
Tajuddin added that the company aims to sell about 4 million units this year. "We have already sold about 1 million units and the aim is now to sell about 4 million units... We will add atleast 5 devices this year," he said. India is one of the fastest growing smartphone markets globally.”