Week in Tech: PM Modi’s UMANG, Mi Exchange, Tesla power bank and more (November 20-26)

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This week in technology went through a lot of excitement in general with Tesla launching a power bank to UC Browser making a much-awaited comeback to Play Store. We also witnessed the arrival of an e-governance app UMANG, which is a part of PM Modi’s digital India initiative. Xiaomi, on the other hand, created a lot of buzz with its Mi Exchange program. So in case you didn’t pay enough attention to what happened in Tech this week, let’s do a quick roundup of all the important stories we covered between November 20-26, 2017.

1) PM Narendra Modi launches Umang app


In what could be a great news for PM Modi’s Digital India initiative and the nation, Spice Digital announced UMANG app for Android and iOS. UMANG stands for Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance, which lets users avail various government services ranging from different government bodies and citizen centric services in a single app (Read our full coverage).

2) Alibaba’s UC Browser returns to Play Store

uc browser

Google Play Store officially lifted a temporary ban imposed on Alibaba Group’s UC Browser. Last week, UC Browser mysteriously disappeared from Play Store for not complying with Google’s policies. UCWeb refuted allegations of practicing fraudulent promotions and promised a comeback. UC claims to have crossed 500 million downloads by October ‘17 (Read our full coverage).

3) Xiaomi launches Mi Exchange program

Xiaomi Inida partnered Cashify.in for Mi Exchange
Xiaomi Inida partnered Cashify.in for Mi Exchange

Exchanging an old Xiaomi phones gets easier. Thanks to Xiaomi’s Mi Exchange program launched in collaboration with Cashify.in, users can take their old phones to nearest Mi Home. Cashify will propose them a suitable price, depending on the condition of a phone as well as the market. Customers can avail the discount while buying a Xiaomi phone (Read our full coverage).

4) Tesla launches powerbank for mobiles

tesla powerbank

Elon Musk-led Tesla launched a powerbank to keep your Android and Apple device completely charged while on the go. Tesla Powerbank is official to purchase at $45 (approximately Rs 2,900). It is powered by the same cell that powers some of their popular cars (Read our full coverage).

5) Tata Teleservices users to move to Airtel


Two telecom service providers Airtel and Tata Teleservices decided to partner, as part of which, all Tata Teleservices customers will transition to Airtel’s mobile network under an Intra Circle Roaming (ICR) arrangement. However, the first phase transition will take place in UP (West), Bihar and West Bengal (Read our full coverage).