The social media company has been accused of turning a consultation with the Indian public into a "crudely majoritarian and orchestrated opinion poll."
Execs from companies like Dropbox, WordPress and Quora have all recently invested in Hike Messenger, a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and Softbank.
Hundreds of millions of Indians are buying their first smartphones. The country's rapid growth has caught the attention of tech companies around the globe.
The South Korean electronics giant has strengthened its grip on India's smartphone market, keeping its top position in quarter three of 2015
In a question-and-answer session at Facebook's headquarters, Indian prime minister discusses governing through social media and expanding Internet access.
LeEco, previously known as LeTV, will launch its Le 1s and Le Max Pro smartphones in India as part of a greater push into the subcontinent.
Facebook says its Free Basics service gives Internet access to people who otherwise couldn't afford it. Critics say the service helps only Facebook.
Facebook CEO again defends controversial Free Basics Internet service in India via an op-ed piece in that country's largest newspaper.
The country's space agency has also released 3D images of the massive canyon known as the Ophir Chasma.
The social network's Free Basics offering packages Internet services for regions where online access is limited. Officials in India wonder whether the service is fair.