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YouTube Acquires Indian Video Shopping App simsim, to Introduce E-Commerce Features in Future

While the simsim app will continue operating independently, YouTube will work on ways to showcase simsim offers to its viewers.

YouTube Acquires Indian Video Shopping App simsim, to Introduce E-Commerce Features in Future

YouTube has not disclosed the financial details of the simsim acquisition

Highlights
  • YouTube expects the transaction to complete within weeks
  • Simsim offers shopping categories like fashion, home and kitchen
  • YouTube looks to bring shopping features inside its app in future

YouTube has acquired Indian company simsim, the video giant announced through a blog post. Simsim is a short video shopping platform in India that enables e-commerce through videos. With the acquisition, YouTube says it aims to help small businesses and retailers in India to reach new customers. The simsim app will continue operating independently, while YouTube looks to work on ways to showcase simsim offers to its viewers, according to the post.

Google announced the acquisition through a blog post but did not reveal the financial details of the simsim acquisition.

The simsim platform enables e-commerce through videos — creators make videos of products, and viewers can then buy those products from local businesses, through the simsim platform. Video-driven e-commerce is a growing category, which recently saw another company, Firework, launch in this space.

Instagram has been a popular platform for small businesses to sell products online, and it appears that YouTube plans to build online video commerce in a similar manner with the simsim acquisition.

On simsim, videos are available in three local languages: Hindi, Tamil, and Bengali. YouTube has not offered details on how it plans to introduce this video shopping feature on its platform. YouTube says that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire simsim and expects to complete the transaction in the coming weeks.


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Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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