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Apple Watch could face competition from Band

Will Cupertino really shift 21 million Watches in 12 months?

Recently, Brian White of Cantor Fitzgerald in the USA predicted that Apple would sell some 21 million Watches in 12 months. Which seems a rather optimistic prediction given that the iWatch only works with specific Apple iPhones.  Whereas the opposition is promoting fairly hardware agnostic wearable technology. Earlier in March [2015], Microsoft announced that the Microsoft Band had been available in the UK for pre-order for £169.99 (circa $250). That figure is an guide rather than a guarantee. However, it compares to £299 ($445) for an entry level Apple Watch. Here at GoMo Towers we don’t think it is battery life that will be the Watch’s Achilles heel, we think that it will be vulnerability to water damege. Just like previous Apple offerings. Continue reading

car_wifi EE missing marketing trick with Car Wifi

Taxi drivers obvious targets for Buzzard 2

Whilst visiting our local EE retail store, GoMo News happened to spot a leaflet designed to promote the Brit MNO’s [Mobile Network Operator's] own label mobile Wi-fi hotspot device called simply the Buzzard 2 aka Car Wifi. From the text and the advert illustrations, it is clear that the Brit 4G MNO is intending to target families with this device. The typical Buzzard 2 customer would therefore be a parent who wishes to keep his/her children quiet in the back of a car. By providing a mobile Wi-fi connexion, young people can then entertain themselves on a long journey by keeping up with social media, emails and the like. However, taking up this offering is about as clear as mud to the average person. Plus it is aimed at the wrong audience. Continue reading

microsoft band Microsoft could have advantage in wearables

Its smartwatch works with 3 mobile OS

How the world has changed. One time developers could produce their software for just one OS – Microsoft’s Windows. And happily ignore Apple. Now the tables have turned. Everyone’s talking about the Watch – which only works with one OS – Apple’s iOS. So app developers could logically tailor their wares to just the one mobile OS. However, here at GoMo Towers, we think we’ve spotted that Microsoft has some advantages which most observers seem to have overlooked. Its  wearable offering – the Band, works not only with Windows Phone but also with iOS and Android. Plus whilst the Band is geared heavily at fitness – it is still usable as a smartphone. Check out the Band specs here. Continue reading

- hill Guest Post: Wearable technology app usage trends

Mobidia’s Chris Hill looks @ wearable app usage trends in Q4 ’14

With the Apple’s Watch and Microsoft’s Band now available for pre-order, my company Mobidia Technology, thought it would be interesting to see what apps wearable users are likely to download and get the most use out of on their wrist. Given there are a large number of Android compatible smartwatches ( such as Motorola’s Moto 360) already available and in use,  we decided to take a look at the usage of five popular Android wearable apps to see what functions people are utilising on their wearable devices. Here I’ll looks @ wearable technology app usage trends for Q4 2014. Continue reading

Global Wireless Solutions launches new version of enterprise-grade network diagnostic app

This one is for consumers
New iPhone app based on same powerful engine used in GWS’s enterprise product
Consumer app features streamlined interface for network testing

MARCH 24th 2015. Global Wireless Solutions (GWS), the world’s leading independent mobile network testing and analysis company, has released an iOS version [Apple iPhone] of its enterprise benchmarking app for consumers. The enterprise version of GWS’s app (currently only available on Android devices) is the most configurable diagnostic app on the market and was designed to allow RF engineers and other wireless experts to measure real-time engineering level data. Continue reading

it isn't true - schmidt Schmidt claims Google Glass isn’t dead after all

It just smells funny *

Like most industry observers, when it became apparent that Google had stopped selling its AR [Augmented Reality] spectacles – Google Glass, GoMo News took that as meaning the project was dead. (See ‘You’re too late to buy a Google Glass’). Not so, apparently. Multiple sources are now quoting an interview given to the Wall Street Journal by Google’s executive chairman – Erich Schmidt. He claimed, “We ended the Explorer [developer] programme and the Press conflated this into us canceling the whole project, which isn’t true.” This time, however, it’s unclear what Google means by the phrase that it is still working on Glass to “make it ready for users”. Continue reading

sure_logo Sure may hold the key to MH370 mystery

The GSM MNO which covers Diego Garcia that is

Here at GoMo Towers when we were browsing the Daily Telegraph web site recently, we spotted an article written one year after the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Entitled ‘MH370 one year on: everything you need to know‘, naturally it was a roundup of the most popular conspiracy theories. Reading through them we were struck by how convincing the theory that the plane was flown to Diego Garcia actually is. We’ve always said that the records kept by cellular operators could how the key to where the plane travelled after it made a u-turn. However, we’d never thought to mention Sure – the GSM mobile network operator [MNO] which runs a service that covers Diego Garcia. If the mobile phones of passengers and crew really were ringing days after the aircraft’s disappearance, the Sure network could well have been providing the connexion. Continue reading

keilback - accused by wingoads GoMo News reader rails @ AdMobix

Wingoads trying to get $2,000 refund

As probably the only truly independent news sites around covering the mobile advertising arena, Alex Lane of WingoAds contacted GoMo News out of frustration over his dealings with programic mobile specialists, AdMobix. Lane seems especially angry with AdMobix’ CEO, Kent Keilback who he accuses of refusing to contact his company (Wingoads). Mr Lane also alleges that AdMobix refuses to pay $2,000 owed to his company and urges other GoMo News readers to blacklist this supplier. Actually Nick Lane used quite colourful language saying, “We are writing to let you know that AdMobix is a bunch of cr**ks and th*****s.” So now, GoMo News is waiting to hear from Mr Keilback, too in order to see how he responds to these major allegations. Continue reading

BT_logo BT to become 4G MVNO says report

Probably start with SIM-only offering

According to a report in the Sunday Telegraph here, the UK’s entrenched Telco – BT (formerly British Telecom) is all set to announce that it intends to be an MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator] for 4G. The service will utilise EE’s 4G network – which is probably why the company chose to buy EE – rather than O2 as GoMo News had always predicted. As BT hopes to acquire EE eventually, the company won’t want all the hassle of selling handsets through stores. So it will probably kick off with a SIM only offering. Which will, of course, mean that BT can finally offer a full ‘fourplay’ option to its customers. Continue reading