New Delhi – May 8th, 2014 – Saavn, the world’s largest Indian music streaming service, today announced a partnership with LAVA International, one of India’s fastest-growing mobile handset companies. The Saavn app, which provides listeners a fast, affordable music experience on the go, will be pre-loaded on LAVA’s newest feature phone offering, the LAVA D-136A.
Speaking about the partnership, Kartikeya Shukla, Head of Global Business Development for Saavn, said, “We are excited to launch this offering with LAVA on their latest Discover Series handset. Saavn’s mission is making music accessible to everyone. Since feature phones play a dominant role in India, especially in the non-metros, this new association bolsters Saavn’s commitment to providing a seamless listening experience in Tier 2 and 3 cities.”
The tie-up with Saavn enables LAVA to introduce devices which provide a superior music experience at an affordable price, through the Discover range of touch phones. “With the Discover series of phones, LAVA aims to bridge the gap between quality and affordability for a large part of the Indian population, which is relying on affordable technology to ride the wave of the Internet revolution. Our partnership with Saavn is a testament to our commitment to empower people to do more with technology, and entertainment is a big part of that. With Saavn pre-loaded on the LAVA Discover 136S, our customers can enjoy one-click access to a world of music streaming, in the language of their choice,” said Mr. Navin Chawla, Vice President – Product, LAVA.
Saavn and LAVA will work together on various co-marketing efforts to spread awareness about the combination, which brings great technology to a broader swath of the populace at an affordable price. Saavn has previously rolled out successful OEM partnerships with brands like Micromax, Karbonn, Samsung, and HTC.
Founded in 2007, Saavn has over 11 million monthly users worldwide. Saavn’s comprehensive music catalog includes over 1 million Indic tracks for its streaming search-and-play and radio services (including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi, English, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali, Gujarati, and Bhojpuri content). With the smartest search, the fastest results, and the largest library, Saavn delivers a seamless, on-the-go listening experience to music fans everywhere, across web and mobile. Saavn’s latest industry-leading innovation is ad-free, offline play on Saavn Pro.
About LAVA International Limited
LAVA International Ltd established in 2009, is amongst the top Indian brands in the mobile handset industry. As a brand that strives to understand customers’ requirements deeply and has a complete in-house R&D center to convert those needs into products, LAVA brings in products that offer superior value through good quality and best-in-class features at an affordable price. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company has offices in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and abroad.
About Saavn (South Asian Audio Video Network)
Saavn is the #1 digital music service for Indian music, transforming how people around the world access and experience the sounds of South Asia.
Saavn takes listeners to Bollywood and beyond, with a music library spanning nearly a century of music from India. Saavn’s millions of listeners are given the highest quality experience, with titles licensed from over 900 content providers. The company’s proprietary phonetic search feature intelligently understands what titles or artists a user is looking for, while dynamic audio adjustment technology provides flawless streaming on any device, regardless of connection quality. With Saavn Pro, fans can listen to Indian music ad-free and offline.
Saavn has been trusted to reach the masses via music by 150 global brands, including AT&T, Bose, Lays, General Motors, Nokia, Samsung, and Western Union.
Saavn is a privately-held company headquartered in New York, with offices in Mountain View, CA; New Delhi; and Mumbai. Through partnerships with Apple, Google, Facebook, and Shazam, Saavn reaches more music fans than any other South Asian music service.