emerging markets

Google’s data-friendly app YouTube Go expands to over 130 countries, now supports higher quality videos

YouTube Go, a mobile version of YouTube built for emerging markets with features like offline viewing and nearby sharing, is today expanding to over 130 countries worldwide. This wider rollout will ma

Bima raises $97M from Allianz for microinsurance aimed at emerging markets

On the heels of Lemonade raising $120 million from Softbank for its new “peer-to-peer” spin on insurance services, another company aimed at disrupting the insurance market is announcing a

Trocafone raises $15 million to expand its used electronics marketplace in emerging markets

Trocafone, the online marketplace for used electronics, has raised $15 million in new financing to expand its reach beyond Brazil and Argentina into other emerging markets. The company, which raised $

Remitly is raising up to $115M led by Naspers’ PayU to double down on remittances

International remittances continues to be one of the biggest financial services in developing countries, with $450 billion getting sent from countries like the U.S. to emerging markets in 2017 alone,

Twitter is testing a Twitter Lite Android app, first in the Philippines

Twitter today has nearly four times as many monthly active users outside the U.S. as it does in its home market — 260 million versus 68 million — and this week it quietly launched a new ap

Google is reportedly releasing a localized mobile payment service in India

Google is increasing its focus on India with plans to introduce a localized digital payment service as soon as next week, according to a report from India-based news site The Ken. The publication clai

LinkedIn Lite launches as an Android app in India, coming to 60+ countries soon

LinkedIn, the social network for the working world with more than 500 million members, is taking its next step in its bid to court more users in emerging markets. The company has released an Android a

Google’s new experiment, Triangle, lets you block individual apps from using mobile data

Google recently began testing a new tool for helping people better manage the mobile data used by their smartphones. The new Android app, called Triangle, is currently being tested in the Philippines,

Kreditech raises €110M from Naspers’ PayU in strategic financing partnership

Kreditech, the German startup backed by Peter Thiel, Rakuten and the IFC that creates credit ratings and provides finance to people who may not otherwise have credit histories, has raised another ro

Netflix rival Iflix reveals its first original content series for emerging markets

Fresh from raising $90 million from investors in March, Iflix, a Netflix-like service for emerging markets, has announced its first slate of original content. The Malaysia-headquartered business cla

Google expands its initiative to provide free Wi-Fi hotspots in emerging markets

Google today announced a collection of updates aimed at helping get 'the next billion' internet users in India and emerging markets online. One of the more subtle yet interesting components to that pu

Google launches data-friendly YouTube app for India and other emerging markets

Google has introduced a new version of YouTube that is dedicated to users in emerging markets.

McKinsey says digital finance adoption could add trillions to high growth economies

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Africa Roundup: African startup investments turn to fint

Gartner: Android’s smartphone marketshare hit 86.2% in Q2

What growth there is left in the smartphone market continues to center on emerging markets where consumers are upgrading from feature phones.

Emerging markets’ challenge to Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley leads the global technology innovation markets with the credentials and an ecosystem that is second to none. We have had contact with many of the leading technology accelerators operati

Golden Gate Ventures closes new $60 million fund for Southeast Asia

Singapore-based Golden Gate Ventures has closed a new $60 million fund for Southeast Asia's rapidly-growing startup ecosystem.

Apple’s new iPhone SE unlikely to make a splash in Asia despite low price

Apple's newest addition to the iPhone family may be its cheapest phone yet at $399, but the four-inch iPhone SE isn't likely to move the needle in emerging markets, where the lion's share of growth in

Facebook Lite, now Facebook’s fastest-growing app, reaches 100M monthly users

Facebook Lite, Facebook stripped down version of its service for Android, just past the notable landmark of 100 million monthly active users and became the social network's fastest growing mobile app.

6.1B Smartphone Users Globally By 2020, Overtaking Basic Fixed Phone Subscriptions

Today there are 2.6 billion smartphone subscriptions globally, and while growth has been levelling off in developed markets like the U.S. and Europe, it’s not stalling altogether by a long shot.

In Emerging Markets, Internet Blamed For Having Negative Impact On Morality

A new study out this morning from Pew Research takes a deep dive into the impact that Internet access is having on emerging markets, especially in terms of how it’s shaping public opinion. Today
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