Chinese technology major Huawei has launched a club for technology enthusiasts in India. Huawei plans to use this channel to listen to consumers, present information on products and services, and provide online content and face-to-face interaction with its engineers. This is the first Huawei club started outside China, where it was launched last year and has a membership of over 5 million Chinese tech enthusiasts. To begin with, the club will focus on promoting its new user interface, the Emotion UI, an Android-based protocol that is the standard UI in most recent Huawei smartphones, a release from the company said. Speaking at the launch here, Wilson Wang, chief operating officer of Huawei Technologies India said the company believed this was necessary for close collaboration with users. The Huawei Club will conduct periodic events for members across India cities in colleges and at tech fairs.

Free mobile access to Wikipedia

Telecom company Aircel and the Wikimedia Foundation announced a partnership to offer Wikipedia on mobile phones for free to Aircel customers. The alliance is aimed at making information and knowledge on Wikipedia accessible to all Aircel customers in both rural and urban areas without data charges, an Aircel release said. Users can access the online encyclopaedia in English and 19 Indian languages. This partnership is part of the Wikimedia Foundation’s Wikipedia Zero programme, the focus of which is on reaching the billions around the world whose primary opportunity to access the Internet is via a mobile device. “With the partnership, we extend our programme to India, where we can potentially reach millions of people for the first time,” said Kul Takanao Wadhwa, head of mobile, Wikimedia Foundation. “Aircel’s support has helped us expand free access to Wikipedia Zero to 470 million mobile users across the globe."

SAP to strengthen India Post

ERP solutions firm SAP Labs announced that it has been chosen by the Department of Posts to deploy enterprise solutions to strengthen “responsiveness and reliability” across more than 1,55,000 post offices. Globally, SAP has deployed more than 30 postal solutions. Today, India Posts delivers more than 6 billion articles every year through its elaborate network. The reengineering of business process using SAP solutions will enable the department to use more customer interaction channels and improve automation of core processes including postal counter automation. “SAP postal services customers are leveraging the latest technology to transform their business, from improving efficiency in back-office and core processes to creating new lines of operations within their existing infrastructure,” said Hans G. Landgraf, head of business segment postal, SAP AG.