Facebook on Tuesday announced the launch of Internet.org Android application in the Indian market at a press event in Mumbai. The social giant has partnered with telecom operator Reliance Communications for this initiative.
For those of unaware of Internet.org, it is a Facebook-backed global initiative, which is aimed at bringing affordable internet to the two thirds of the world’s population that doesn’t have it right now. While the initiative distorts the basic principles of Net Neutrality, it continues to reach new markets each day and India has become the sixth market to get access to Internet.org.
According to Facebook, Reliance Comm customers in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, and Telangana will now have access to more than three dozen services ranging from news, maternal health, travel, local jobs, sports, communication, and local government information for free via Internet.org Android app or Internet.org website on mobile. While the Android app is obviously only accessible on Android smartphones or Android tablets with 3G support, the website will be available across operating systems using Opera Mini or UC Browser.
Here is a look at the services and website, which will be accessible without data charges to RCom consumers:
Aaj Tak, AccuWeather, amarujala.com, AP Speaks, Babajob, BabyCenter & MAMA, BBC News, Bing Search, Cleartrip. Daily Bhaskar, Dictionary.com, ESPN Cricinfo, Facebook, Facts for Life, Girl Effect, HungamaPlay, IBNLive, iLearn, India Today, Internet Basics. Jagran, Jagran Josh, Maalai Malar, Maharashtra Times, Malaria No More, manoramanews.com, Facebook Messenger, NDTV, Newshunt, OLX, Reliance Astrology, Reuters Market Lite, Socialblood, Times of India. TimesJobs, Translator, Wikipedia, and wikiHow