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veremis - facebook news local content Facebook turning to developing markets with Lite app

Social network usage in Asia increasing 26% year on year

Facebook has just soft-launched a new app for Android – ‘Facebook Lite’ , which on the face of it is aimed at emerging markets. The move to largely unexplored regions is logical, given that in developed markets social media sites have probably reached saturation levels. However, it might well not be quite enough to simply make a lighter version of the standard app to contend with the myriad of devices out there plus slower connexion speeds. According to Marco Veremis, CEO with Upstream in order to succeed in developing markets, Facebook will also need to have local understanding. Continue reading

Now ST predicts Sky will become O2 MVNO

There’s no doubt that UK players are taking fourplay seriously

Having successfully predicted that Hutchison would announce a bid for the UK MNO [Mobile Network Operators] O2 as we reported in ‘More hints 3UK might take over O2‘, the Sunday Times newspaper is predicting another Brit tie-up. This time it is a potential MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator] deal between BSkyB (which runs Sky) and O2. Rather than with Vodafone.  Which seems a little strange as Sky and Vodafone UK are pretty close. Meanwhile there has been somewhat mixed reaction to the potential 3UK and O2 tie-up amongst analysts such as Juniper Research, IDC and uSwitch which Whampoa finally confirmed here. Continue reading

HWL in exclusive negotiations with Telefónica to potentially acquire O2 UK

Press release

January 23rd 2015. Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), parent company of UK telecom operator Three UK, has announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Telefónica over a period of several weeks for the potential acquisition of Telefónica’s UK subsidiary, O2 UK, for an indicative price in cash of £9.25 billion. Thiswould be paid at closing, and deferred upside interest sharing payments of up to a further £1 billion in the aggregate payable after the cumulative cash flow of the combined businesses of Hutchison 3G UK Limited and O2 UK has reached an agreed threshold. Continue reading

Less than six weeks to go before MWC ’15

Don’t forget to insure your valuables though

It’s getting close to that time again when the movers and shakers of the cellular world head towards Barcelona (fully insured against theft) for the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015. with over 85,000 attendees, it’s the biggest event of its kind in the world. MWC will feature over 1,900 exhibitors and includes specialised areas such as: – App Planet, Cloud Pavilion, Green Technology Pavilion, GSMA Pavilion, Mobile Money Pavilion and Wearable Pavilion. The only fly in the ointment? Well, Barcelona is a beautiful city but the knowledge that 85,000 people will show up almost all carrying laptops, smartphones and loads of cash attracts villains from all over Europe. Now is the time to check you’re properly insured. Continue reading

smelie_chargers GoMo editor advises Daily Mail on phone chargers

Tony ‘Tonethephone’ Dennis talks to FeMail’s Alice

Most GoMo News readers will probably be unaware that our managing editor, Tony ‘Tonethephone’ Dennis, has been talking to journalist, Alice Smelie, who writes for the FeMail section of the UK newspaper – The Daily Mail. Alice had been searching frantically for a mobile phone expert and Tony’s name was put forward by PR guru, Chaz Brooks of Chaz Brooks PR. Ms Smelie had been tasked with reviewing mobile phone chargers to find out what women might conceivably carry around in their handbags (pocketbooks) as a backup should their indispensable smartphone suddenly run out of juice. Tone’s become quite an expert on the subject as his phones regularly run out of juice at music festivals such as WOMAD Charlton Park [UK]. Continue reading

- sah ZeroDesktop launches QualityTime on Play

Discover smartphone habits and manage a digital diet

Press release

January 20th 2015. ZeroDesktop launches QualityTime, a self-help Android app that allows users to reduce, monitor and be aware of the amount of time they spend on their smartphones and favourite apps. The app provides a fun, visual, and easy-to-navigate personal log or ‘timeline’ of their smartphone use. And people even have the option to share their mobile use times on social media with friends. With statistics showing that most people sleep next to their smartphones, and 90 per cent regularly overuse their device, QualityTime is ideal for those suffering from smartphone addiction. Continue reading

You’re too late to buy a Google Glass

Google’s AR flagship device too expensive

The news has sneaked out that Google has decided to kill off its flagship AR [Augmented Reality] device (which are spectacles)  in the shape of Glass. GoMo News attempted to purchase what will inevitably become a collector’s item – much like Sir Clive Sinclair’s C5, before the deadline but we were obviously too late. You’re still invited to join the Google Glass Explorer programme here but there was no attempt to extract our credit card details. The Google spin doctors are attempting to paint this defeat in a positive light but it does help to  explain why Apple’s iWatch has yet to appear. The ‘wearables’ market is proving a very difficult nut to crack. Continue reading

consolidation a top priority -fok More hints 3UK might take over O2

Everyone likes UK MNO consolidation

A common reason often given for the USA having overtaken the UK in terms of 4G availability is that there were too many MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] for a country as small as Britain to support. Hence, GoMo News believes that the powers-that-be will relish the thought of another merger between two MNOs in Blighty. Canning Fok, who is md with Hutchison Whampoa which is behind 3UK (Three) almost certainly thinks the same thing. Which is why a £8-9 billion bid for O2 as rumoured yesterday [January 18th 2015] in the Sunday Times would almost certainly get the go-ahead. Shame for the analysts that such a move doesn’t include a ‘fourplay’ element, then. Continue reading

supplying mobile users with aprevention - murphy Brit invents waterproof coating for phones

We seek handset to test out Splash on

Here at GoMo Towers we have just been contacted by our old friends, Reviveaphone. Regular readers will remember this company as the creator of product which fixes phones with water damage – as recommended by us here. The company’s 21 year old founder, Oliver Murphy, has secured investment on the British hit TV show, Dragons Den, for his newest invention called Splash. What it does i to provide a nano coating for smartphones which provides a water resistant shield. Murphy claims that this prevents damage to phones when they come into contact with liquids.All we’ve got to do now is decide which handset to test Splash on. Continue reading