Monthly Archives: December 2013

Vodafone_NYE Vodafone forgets to publicise its own AR app

Download it in time for the New Year’s Eve fireworks

We’re not quite sure how this has happened but Vodafone UK appears to have developed a really neat AR [augmented reality] app and then forgotten to remind people to download it. It is free and was made available to download from the Apple iTunes App Store and Google’s Play app here from midnight  yesterday [December 30th 2013]. If  GoMo News is right,  the app will enable users to view the London (England) firework from one minute to midnight on New Year’s Eve. Which is why the app is called NYE 2013. Continue reading

London's reputation for innovation - Johnson Vodafone joins forces With Mayor Of London for world’s first multi-sensory fireworks display

New partnership sees Vodafone teaming up with Mayor and working with food scientists Bompas & Parr to bring a world first to London’s New Year’s Eve celebrations
Free Vodafone augmented reality smartphone app to bring the experience of the fireworks to millions of people, wherever they are

Press release

December 9th 2013. Thousands of people attending the Mayor of London’s New Year’s Eve celebrations will experience a show unlike any other as Vodafone helps create a display they will be able to taste and smell, as well as see. Vodafone is joining forces with the Mayor for the unique New Year’s Eve celebration, which will be experienced not just by spectators crowded along the banks of the River Thames, but by millions more watching the event at home on television. Continue reading

lukies Monitise sees continued momentum with new business wins and a contract renewal

Press release

December 31st 2013. Monitise has announced that it is seeing continued momentum across the Group with a number of new business wins in both Europe and the USA, as well as a contract renewal. In particular, Monitise has entered into a five-year Mobile Money partnership with a leading UK bank and financial services company and also renewed and extended its commercial contract with a leading financial institution. Under the terms of the new UK business win, Monitise will design, build, and manage new digital banking, payments and shopping services. The partnership has a contract value of several million pounds. Continue reading

last_chill GoMo discovers how to Chill again on a WP7.8 handset

We also have a close encounter with’s ‘scrobbling’ app

We’re not sure how the UK’s Global Radio has done it, but we can now listen to Chill FM on our favourite mobile devices again. Even on a Windows Phone 7.8 device like the Nokia Lumia 800. [It seems to be thanks to UK radio Player] Regular readers might remember that GoMo News complained that thanks to Adobe dropping support for Flash in the mobile arena, we could get a music player to load. (See ‘Major hole in Windows Phone 7 still exists’. Now, obviously thanks to a new app of some kind, clicking on ‘Listen Live’ plays the radio station live through the Lumia 800′s browser. Continue reading

AutoRip_amazon Apple’s possible uncompetitive behaviour towards Amazon over AutoRip

We’re no EU lawyers or iOS programmers but ….

Here at GoMo Towers we’re constantly reminded by Apple fanbois that the main reason why the Cupertino-based company can charge a premium for its products is that they are intuitive and easy to use. So when an Apple fan was demonstrating his latest discovery to us – Amazon’s AutoRip, we were more than a little astonished. AutoRip downloads MP3 music files from the Amazon store directly to your iPhone once you have made a purchase of any qualifying ‘AutoRiP’ CDs. When, GoMo News asked to see which tracks had arrived, our iPhone user immediately opened the AutoRip app. But why? There is a perfectly good icon on the iPhone’s home screen marked ‘Music’. Continue reading

eye-fi-mobi You should have bought your camera fan an Eye-Fi Mobi

Must have gadget for digital camera fans

Despite the fact that handsets like the Nokia Lumia 1520 with its 41 megapixel camera are desperately trying to kill off the dedicated digital camera, some people still prefer to use a camera – not a smartphone. GoMo News itself is pretty addicted to its Fujifilm FinePix S700. Why? because it has a viewfinder and we can use it in bright sunlight because you don’t have to look at a screen. There was a major drawback when it came to transferring photos taken by the S700 to something sensible. Not any more. The Eye-Fi Mobi from Eye-Fi has completely solved the problem. You just put the SD card inside your camera. And you then transfer the photos to a handset or tablet via Wi-fi. It is very, very simple to use. it works on both iOS and Android. Continue reading

Msoft_solitaire Microsoft seems to have released Solitaire free for WP8

We suspect this is an Xmas gift to Windows Phone users

We can’t actually find a direct reference to why Microsoft Studios has suddenly released a bunch of popular games including Solitaire for Windows Phone (WP8) users on December 27th [2013]. But who wouldn’t suspect it’s been done as an Xmas present to loyal customers? It’s tough luck for WP 7.8 users, though. Anyway, as they have been designed by Microsoft Studios itself, they fall in the Xbox games category. So you can earn points and achievements, plus your scores will show up on leaderboards. The apps also let users track their game stats easily. Now that these games have effectively gone social, layers can compete with their friends, too. Besides Solitaire, there’s also Mahjong and Minesweeper. Continue reading

Eugene_Rudenko Guest Post: The what, when and how of developing app

by Eugene Rudenko, a senior online marketing manager with Apptraction

Business people really need smartphones or tablets because they help them to solve a lot of problems on the go and out of office. That’s why almost one third out of ten incoming requests for the mobile app development repeat the same old story: – “I want to get a working mobile app in a week.” After that a lot of time is spent in order to find out what type of mobile app the customer wants and how long will it take to develop it. In this article, I’ll try to give you the overview of the development process that is required for building a mobile app. Continue reading

Mark_davis_citrix Guest Post: Video advertisements will drive data growth in previously bandwidth-light apps in 2014

by Mark Davis, senior director of product marketing, Citrix

Mobile Advertising has already seen significant growth with three out of ten mobile subscribers served ads. However, whilst to date users have typically been twenty times more likely to be served an image-based ad compared to a video ad, the impact of these video ads is ten times that of its image-based counterpart. As video advertising becomes more commonplace on social networks, so the volume of video traffic will be driven up. I predict that in 2014 video ads streamed to mobile subscribers will double the volume of data produced through mobile advertising. Plus the launch of video ads on Instagram and Facebook will transform the mobile advertising market and its impact of the mobile network. Here are the rest of my predictions for 2014. Continue reading Consumers being driven crazy by Samsung’s product release cycle

37 smartphones during 2013 with 15 different screen sizes
>by our Indian correspondent,  Asif Shaik

As of 2013, globally Samsung still has the largest market share for smartphones (31.4 per cent), according to IDC . The Korean manufacturer also stands behind Apple as the second largest tablet PC vendor (20.4 per cent), IDC says. A major part of Samsung’s success can be put down to Android; marketing; and its secret motto to have a smartphone/tablet offering at every price point and at every common screen size. However, Samsung’s product releases are now getting out of control – gone are the days when spending more on a smartphone translated to a meaningful upgrades in terms of overall hardware and/or software. Continue reading

apple's iOS 7 update caused massive data spike iOS7 update created biggest traffic spike says Virgin Media

Yet the internet device of choice is apparently still a laptop

UK telco, Virgin Media, has identified the peaks for data traffic carried over its network in 2013 as well as having predicted a festive web traffic surge which is set to break records. Virgin reckons that 2013 will be the most digital Xmas to date. Perhaps the most interesting statistic from 2013 was the fact that Apple’s  iOS7 update on September 18th created the single biggest peak in downloads on Virgin Media’s network. The most surprising revelation is that laptops remain the device of choice to get online with 62 per cent of those in a survey saying that this was their primary means of connecting. And that’s despite tablet and mobile sales being predicted to grow faster by Gartner. Continue reading

lazaridis - given up trying to pick up blackberries Lazardis gives up BlackBerry chase

Founder drops bid to take back control of smartphone maker

It seems that one of the men who founded Research in Motion (RIM) which is now Canada’s BlackBerry smartphone maker has abandoned his attempt to retake control of his old company. Mike Lazaridis who formed an alliance with another former BlackBerry exec, Doug Fregin, to try to back back BlackBerry has abandoned the attempt. He signaled the end to this venture by selling a tranche of his BlackBerry shares which raised around $26 million (£16 million). That cut his overall share holding in Canada’s prized  ITC company from 5.7 per cent to below 5 per cent. Continue reading

Rajveer_Singh_Rathore 7 effective mobile SEO tips to maintain your ranking in mobile search

by Rajveer Singh Rathore, who works with SEO First Page

Mobile SEO [Search Engine Optimisation] is currently the hot topic in the online marketing world. According to mobile marketer, more than 30 per cent searches for brands come through mobile devices. This clearly indicates why brands are paying heed to mobile SEO. In addition, Google has made several changes to its search algorithms, with the aim of improving web surfing in mobile devices. Mobile-ready sites will be rewarded with good rankings while sites which make mobile browsing difficult will be penalised. So it is time that website owners start working on optimising their site for mobile users. Here are my Top Seven handy tips for succeeding with mobile SEO. Continue reading

Influx of local smartphones is troubling Big Brands in emerging markets

Spice mobile brands curry favour with Indian consumers
by our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik

Since the inception of Android, we have seen dozens of new smartphone brands emerge. Some of the most popular new brands are Xiaomi in China, Micromax in India, Smartfren in Indonesia, Ninetology in Malaysia and Tecno Mobiles in African countries. Combined, all these local brands, are providing tough competition to established international players like Samsung and Apple – especially in emerging markets. Neglecting the importance of dual SIM smartphones has cost international brands a huge chunks of their emerging markets share. In India we’ve also seen the dominance of the ‘spice mobile’ phone makers. Continue reading

Amazon’s UK app store to give away £40 of apps for free on Xmas & Boxing days

We’re not sure but we think some very popular games are included

The UK’s Amazon Appstore is to celebrate Xmas by giving away two free app bundles worth nearly £40 on Xmas &  Boxing days. [December 25/26th 2013]. The promotion is part of the ‘Free app of the Day’ initiative, which is designed to encourage customers to download a paid app or game for free every day. All  the ‘Free apps of the Day’ and bundles have been specially selected. Mobile users who visit the Amazon Appstore  will find suitable apps for Android mobile phones and tablets (including the Kindle Fire range). Naturally. Continue reading