Monthly Archives: March 2014

you can't see this screen without a PIN Glimmer of hope for Barclays customers using Airport Angel app

CPP might eventually sort the mess out

There’s always a grain of truth in the old saying that you don’t get something for nothing. And this very definitely applies to those customers of British bank, Barclays, who are offered the Airport Angel service free with their Premier Life account. See our original story from 2008 here. The app which goes with this service was originally developed for iOS and is now available for Android here. Quite frankly we’ve never encountered an app which generates so may negative responses as this one. How it rates 3 out of 5 on Goggle Play, we don’t know. But GoMo has been able to chat to some-one at CPP which operates the Airport Angels service about it, though. Continue reading

developers can break out from the competition -rees Intrinsyc launches MDP/T app testing kit

Aimed at apps running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor

Intrinsyc Software has released its Mobile Development Platform Tablet (MDP/T) – based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor. Intrinsyc’s MDP/T is designed to provide application developers and device manufacturers with early access to a high-performance mobile platform, for developing, testing, optimising and showcasing next-generation apps and games. Continue reading

intrinsyc_logo Intrinsyc announces availability of mobile development platform based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 Ultra HD processor

Provides early access to Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor featuring the 400-series Adreno GPU and hardware-based HEVC (H.265) video decoding

Press release

March 31st 2014. Intrinsyc Software International , a leading developer of mobile and embedded devices, has announced general availability of its Mobile Development Platform Tablet (MDP/T), based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor from Qualcomm Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. Intrinsyc’s MDP/T is designed to provide application developers and device manufacturers with early access to a high-performance mobile platform, for developing, testing, optimising and showcasing next-generation apps and games. Continue reading

maplin had probably just sold out - macnamara Getting your hands on a Prestigio in the UK

Having recommended Prestigio for dual SIM a reader asks …

It was our own fault really. Having just recommended Prestigio handsets for their dual SIM capabilities in ‘Dual SIM handsets need instant online’, we received a plea from a regular GoMo News reader in the UK. Candelaria Rodriguez Bento asks, “I want to get a Prestigo mobile phone but I can not finding any shop in London that sells Prestigio mobiles. I’ve tried Maplins in London. They have the tablets but they no have Prestigio phones.” This just helps to illustrate the difficulty of breaking into a developed market as a new entrant handset supplier. Consumers often want to touch & feel before they buy. Continue reading

michael joseph Vodafone’s brings disruptive mobile money to Europe

Leading MNO launches M-Pesa into Romania

Leading global MNO [Mobile Network Operator], Vodafone, has brought M-Pesa – its disruptive mobile money transfer and payment service into Europe for the first time. The addition of Romania continues the expansion of M-Pesa, following the launches in Egypt, India, Lesotho and Mozambique in the last 12 year. M-Pesa is the classic model for supporting micro-payments in geographies where the majority of the population are unbanked. Approximately seven million Romanians transact mainly in cash. M-Pesa could provide Vodafone with a useful revenue stream as voice traffic declines generally. Continue reading

quality budget phone can disrupt a market - Sunnebo Motorola sees surge in UK sales thanks to low cost Moto G handset

Questions wisdom of Google to sell division to Lenovo

Motorola’s launch of its budget smartphone Moto G has led to a six-fold growth in UK sales, according to figures from Kantar Worldpanel. The surprise surge in sales lends credibility to the decision by Chinese electronics manufacturer Lenovo to buy Motorola for a bargain $2.91 billion (£1.74 billion) from search giant Google – vastly less than the $12.5 billion Google paid to buy the business in May 2012 when the smartphone patent battles were at their height. But while Google hasn’t succeeded in making money out of its handset division – it lost $645 million in the first nine months of 2013 – Lenovo looks as though it could be on a firmer ground, if and when the acquisition goes through. Continue reading

acer_ferrari BlackBerry has a 1-2 in Malaysian F1 Grand Prix

Surely time for a celebratory handset?

Good news for the struggling Canadian smartphone manufacturer, BlackBerry. The team which it sponsors – Mercedes AMG Petronas, enjoyed brilliant success in today’s [March 30th 2014] Formula One (F1) Grand Prix motor race. The drivers – Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, came home in the No.1 & N.2 slots. A dramatic victory for the team. Better still, the race took place in Malaysia – which is right next door to key Asia Pacific market – Indonesia. GoMo News reckons this achievement merits a special commemorative handset. Continue reading

mistake to push the touch only Z3 Chen says BlackBerry will go keyboard centric

So why is Indonesia being given the touch Z3?

Here at GoMo Towers, we have long argued that BlackBerry’s USP [Unique Selling Point] is the fact that its handsets traditionally sport a very useable keypad. In fact, as long ago as January [2014] we wrote a story saying that ‘BlackBerry is waking up to its Qwerty USP at last‘. So naturally we were delighted to read the reports quoting BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, saying, “The focus is going to be very keyboard-centric.” The smartphone vendor, however, is on course to debut its latest BB10 handset in Indonesia – a key market. Yet the Z3 aka the Jakarta is a touch model with no keypad. We’re also waiting for BlackBerry to wake up to the fact that in emerging markets it needs a dual SIM model. Continue reading

We’re not giving up on handsets, insists BlackBerry’s CEO

But customers will insist on buying old BB7 devices

BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen has again insisted that the ailing Toronto manufacturer is not abandoning the handset business, despite the fact that the bulk customers appear to be shunning the latest BB10 models. Reporting its fiscal fourth quarter, BlackBerry revealed end users purchased 3.4 million smartphones during the three months, but admitted the majority of these were handsets that had already been sold to telecom operators and other “channel partners”. It acknowledged a truer sale of just 1.3 million handsets during the period, lower than Wall Street forecasts of 1.8 million. Continue reading

EE-S5 EE goes with exclusively online deal for pre-order Galaxy S5

Unusually there’s a free return flight bundled in

It seems that the main UK MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] & MVNOs [Mobile Virtual Network Operators] have picked today [March 28th 2014] to announce their deals for the forthcoming S5 handset. For those GoMo News readers living as hermits, the Galaxy S5 is the latest flagship handset offering from the world’s Number One handset vendor – Korea’s Samsung. Naturally, the operators will be competing very heavily to attract potential customers for this iconic handset (which already looks like being a much more successful follow-up to the classic S3 than the S4 ever was). Significantly, EE has decided to offer a very interesting package to potential S5 owners – which involves a free flight bundled in. Continue reading

NStore-plants Nokia Store leak to Android is pretty pants

Handset vendor’s flagship free apps won’t run under regular Android

When we discovered that it was possible to port the ‘Nokia Store’ app which appears on the Nokia X AOSP [Android Open Source Project] onto a regular Android handset, we got pretty excited here at GoMo Towers. For example, the prospect of running Nokia’s HERE mapping software on a device not actually built by Nokia was quite enthralling. It seems, however, that Nokia needn’t worry too much about the leakage of its vital IP contained in its flagship apps. So far, we haven’t found a single app from the Nokia Store which will run on our trusty Motorola Moto G. Continue reading

spotify_logo Spotify might be the next to float

Music to somebody’s ears at least

Spotify – the international music streaming company based in Sweden, maybe making plans float on the UK stock market Q3 2014, it is widely rumoured. The reports centre around a story in the Financial Times (FT) earlier this month [March 2014] which said that Spotify had secured a new $200 million line of credit from Morgan Stanley – amongst others. That’s normally interpreted as a move that indicates anIPO is an imminent. Continue reading

dual SIM 4500 Duo prime candidate for instant online Dual SIM handsets need instant online

GoMo News reckons Prestigio is prime candidate

Regular GoMo News readers will know that this publication has already named 2014 as ‘The Year of the dual SIM support‘. Our prediction has already come true with Nokia not just launching a handset capable of running Android apps but it is also dual SIM too. What’s happening is that handset manufacturers are now selling dual SIM handsets into developed as well as emerging markets. The HTC One is a case in point. However, if vendors really want to promote dual SIM, the handsets must work first time. Which is where ‘instant online’ comes in. Continue reading

sarah_smith Guest Post: Chartering private jets via mobile apps

by Sarah Smith, a writer who sometimes works with Adagold Aviation

When it emerged that a Middle Eastern family had booked a private jet via an iPhone app, that sparked an era of changes in the way individuals and businesses are now booking their private flights. As the majority of wealthy clients have access to mobile technology – they are using it for virtually everything. So it is no wonder that mobile is also changing the way private jet companies are conducting their chartering business. Continue reading

- malachard Adfonic rebrands to byyd to emphasise its mobile DSP

Announces 12 customer wins including Weve

Leading mobile advertising company, Adfonic, has rebranded itself as byyd. The move is designed to reflect the company’s evolution to a mobile Demand-side Platform (DSP). The aim therefore is to focus exclusively on the buy side. At the same time, the new company byyd has unveile 12 customer contracts based on its technology platform, called Madison. As part of the rebrand, the company has structured its areas of business around two offerings: – byyd pro and byyd media. Strangely there’s no sign of the byyd logo as yet. And the URL for byyd points at a Chinese web site. Continue reading