WhatsApp's new payment feature has brought concerns of creating "a closed garden" by India's payment market leader Paytm. However, the payments regulator defended WhatsApp stating that this is a beta.
With mobile payments attracting major popularity in India, it appears that WhatsApp has been in discussions with the country's government to integrate with one of the emerging local payment systems.
Following last month's launch in Malaysia, Samsung has today launched its mobile payment service in India with support for Mastercard and Visa cards issued by five banks in addition to Paytm wallets.
Microsoft India has announced a Smart Exchange program, allowing owners of its Asha feature phones to trade in their devices in exchange for discounts of up to 25% off its new Lumia 435 Windows Phone.