Author Archives: Hans Cett

About Hans Cett

Hans Cett is an established freelance author and consultant specialising in the mobile communications industry. He also writes for Countdown2MWC - http://countdown2mwc.wordpress.com/

source: daily mail david hartley UK PM gives big thumbs up for his BlackBerry

David Cameron shows how Brits still remain loyal to the brand

Well, GoMo News can’t think of a better endorsement for the value of using a BlackBerry to stay in control of your job than that given by the UK’s current Prime Minister [PM], David Cameron. After all, Mr Cameron’s job could hardly be more important to Brits than running the country (Great Britain). In an interview run extensively by the leading UK newspaper, the Daily Mail (see here), David Cameron ” said he was always available on his blackberry – even from holiday.” From the pictures, it looks to us like he’s got a BB10 device – maybe even a Q5. Continue reading

protecting both connectors on the Leef GoMo discovers Leef Bridge 3.0 is the missing link

Twixt our Windows laptop and our Moto G Android phone that is

Here at GoMo Towers, we reckon anyone who owns both an Android smartphone and/or tablet along with a Windows based PC is going to wonder how he or she ever managed without a Leef Bridge 3.0. That’s because it is the simplest way of moving or sharing data files between the two seemingly incompatible worlds. As we mentioned in our previous story here, the device has been available in the USA for a while but it has only just arrived in the UK. So the maker kindly loaned us one. Leef says that the device requires Android Jelly Bean (v 4.1) or above. But the other important criteria is that the Android device supports USB OTG. Continue reading

might upset apple fanbois More skeletons out of Apple’s closet over hiring

Will designer brand men’s undies maker counter sue, we speculate?

You would have thought that most shareholders would have been happy with Apple’s recent financial performance. However, that apparently does not apply to one R. Andre Klein who has just accused Apple senior directors and officers of “breach of fiduciary duty, gross mismanagement, corporate waste, and breach of the duty of honest services.” The action has apparently been filed with the Us District Court for the Northern District of California, It could even impact those who currently benefit from the late Steve Job’s estate. It’s also not know whether a leading maker of men’s undies will counter use if Apple fanbois stop wearing its products as a result. Continue reading

a panoramic from the derby day An inexpensive solution for smartphone panoramic shots

The Panoramic Pod works with any decent cameraphone

Having mentioned the existence of the Panoramic Pod before here, we were delighted when I Want One of Those (IWOOT) offered to send us a sample for testing purposes. The device is plainly inexpensive (about $26 or £15.99) and we soon discovered why – it’s not very tall, standing at some five inches (13 cm) high. But it very definitely works and here at GoMo Towers we were more than happy with the results. Despite IWOOT claiming that the Pod is “compatible with Apple and Android smartphones”, it’s near universal and would definitely work with one of Nokia’s mega cameraphones like the Lumia 1020, for example. Continue reading

frictionless payment experience - anderson Bango and Deutsche Telekom hook up for operator billing

Bango claims direct operator billing leadership

A new partnership to widen access to Direct Operator Billing (DOB) for app store purchases has just been announced by Deutsche Telekom in conjunction with Bango.The partnership enables Deutsche Telekom to accelerate DOB deployment. The pair claim this will bring bringing frictionless ‘one click’ payment to DT’s subscribers for apps, music, games and other digital content. Continue reading

MWC-15_art GSMA calls for papers for MWC 2015

Gosh there’s only 7 months to go before we are back in Barcelona

Crikey! The GSMA’s last Mobile World Congress was held back in February [2014] but it seems like just weeks ago. No ones to hang around, the guys at the GSMA beavering away to make the 2015 event even better. After all, it is the world’s biggest conference and exhibition covering the cellular/mobile ecosystem. Anyway, the GSMA has announced its first major deadline – its Call for Papers will close at 23:59 GMT on Friday, 12th September [2014]. Top of the list of topic are, of course, 5G and advertising/marketing. So if you want to participate in this process, you’d better get your skates on. Continue reading

more resources to speed up delivery - khalaf Industry reaction to Flurry acquisition by Yahoo!

Deal should enable Yahoo! to offer better ad placement

Although the deal was announced back on July 21st [2014] by Yahoo!, there’s been a slow reaction and analysis to the acquisition of a mobile analytics specialist such as Flurry. The deal between and Yahoo and Flurry was reportedly worth over $200 million but subject to customary closing conditions. Having heard nothing to the contrary, GoMo News assumes the deal has gone ahead. Yahoo has, of course, been trying hard to diversify its revenue stream by focusing more on its mobile revenues. Flurry’s technology should help Yahoo to grow its revenue from smartphone users. Continue reading

leap forward for mobile payments - howe Blackhawk helps Barclays add e-gifting to Pingit

Should help brands via increased customer data capture

It’s a logical progression, really. If you have a fully operational mobile payments service why not add a digital gift card service to it. That’s exactly what has happened with leading UK bank, Barclays, which has entered a partnership with Blackhawk Network to offer what it calls an eGift service. It works in conjunction with Barclays’ Pingit mobile banking service which is open to both Barclays and non-Barclays customers. BlackHawk has enabled Barclays to tap into a range of eGifts from entertainment, dining, gaming, fashion, health & beauty and leisure brands. The launch on Android and iOS devices is scheduled for later in August [2014]. Continue reading

don't take iPhone 6 tips from Brit comedians like Ali G iPhone 6 probable launch date of September 9th

Of course, Cupertino’s finest might call it the iPhone 5Z

A very accurate way of predicting when Apple will perform its annual handset launch (because it is a creature of great habit) is to discover when it is planning its next major media event. Which is exactly what Recode did and it has reported the next big media event is scheduled for September 9th [2014]. Naturally, everyone expects this next handset to be called the iPhone 6. GoMo News is hedging its bets, however, because we followed comedian Ali G in 2012 and predicted here that the iPhone 6 would appear in 2013. Instead we got the 5c and 5s. So we could have a 5z and a 5x in 2014. Continue reading

Will Hill experiences 146% growth in mobile gaming

Almost certainly down to betting on World Cup in Brazil

We’d love to claim that we told you so but actually we did. Last November [2013], GoMo News quoted the bookmakers, Ladbrokes, as predicting here that the [soccer] World Cup in Brazil this Summer [2014] “is likely to be the most competitive sporting event on mobile ever – certainly for Brits.” Now Ladrokes’ arch-rival – William Hill has revealed that enjoyed record-breaking World Cup activity with online wagering for the tournament up 211 per cent on 2010. Sadly, the company doesn’t specifically thank mobile for this feat but it’s pretty obvious from some of the other stats. Oh, and the fact that Ladbrokes stole mobile specialist -Chelsea Apps Factory, from them doesn’t seem to have hurt that much. And they’ve got a new CEO. Continue reading

same specs for half of the price - tziokas Samsung feels the heat from local producers

China’s Xiaomi and India’s Karbonnare the beneficiaries

It appears from the latest revenue figures from Samsung that the handset giant is coming under great price pressure from local phone manufacturers. It is interesting to see that Samsung is struggling in key emerging markets such as India and China due to local competitors plus a lack of relevance for Chinese consumers who want more high-end devices. Samsung seems to be losing out to China’s Xiaomi and India’s Karbonnare. By contrast, when Apple recently shared its results these included growth in China, which accounted significantly for its increase in earnings. Continue reading

michael joseph Vodafone’s Michael Joseph wins PICMET award

Acknowledges Mr M-Pesa’s work in building world’s largest mobile money system

Vodafone‘s director of mobile money, Michael Joseph, (affectionately known as Mr M-Pesa) has won a prestigious award from from PICMET (Portland International Centre for Management of Engineering and Technology) for leadership in technology management. Of course, M-Pesa – the mobile money transfer and payment service, has transformed the lives of millions of unbanked people living in emerging markets. Hence his PICMET LTM award recognises this work. Joseph joins a line of industry greats such as Jong-Yong Yun – CEO with Samsung Electronics and Intel’s Andy Grove. Continue reading

Apple may prepare for the big screen revolution Netbiscuits suggests

Also provides interesting stats on LTE & rise of Wiko & bq

The findings of the Netbiscuits Web Trends Report for Q2 2014 make for some very interesting reading. For example, globally, the Apple iPhone 5 series of mobiles replaced the 4 and 4S as the most used device for surfing the web on mobile phones in Q2 2014. Whereas in the UK, the iPhone 4 &4S remain the most popular devices probably due to long, restrictive contracts. Netbiscuits also suggests that Apple is preparing for the big screen revolution when releases the iPhone 6. On the LTE front, South Korea and USA lead the way in LTE adoption. Astonishingly, there’s also been a rise in the number of European based handset vendors. Wiko (France), and bq (Spain) have burst into the Top 50 devices in their own countries for the first time with a 3 per cent and 1.5 per cent share respectively. The 5 to 5.9 inch category grew its share from 21 per cent in Q1 2014 to 25 per cent in Q2 and is set for further growth. Continue reading

not surprise that fingerprint scanners came top - locke Touch ID fingerprint scanner coming to iPads soon

Fingerprint scanner is most popular biometric authentication process

New research has shown that eight in ten (79 per cent) of Brits are ready to ditch their passwords in favour of biometric security measures such as fingerprint scanners. It’s no surprise to learn that sales of Apple’s iPhone 5s have helped make biometrics extremely popular with consumers. These figures were revealed by the Future Password Index from digital financial services provider Intelligent Environments. Fingerprint technology was voted as the most popular biometric method in the new 53 per cent of people would like their bank to integrate fingerprint scanners into digital banking services. Continue reading

1m+ now enjoy benefits of Vodafone 4G - rose Vodafone claims to be the 1st UK MNO to sell Google’s Chromecast

Special deal for anyone with Vodafone Red 4G plan

Vodafone is claiming to be the first mobile network operator [MNO] in the UK to sell Google’s Chromecast media-streaming device. The company is making Chromecast available to all Vodafone customers at an RRP price of £30 through Vodafone’s 375 retail outlets across the UK. Significantly, however, the device is available to all new and existing Red 4G customers at the discounted price of £25. “With more than one million customers now enjoying the benefits of Vodafone 4G, we’re expecting Chromecast to be a big hit,” commented Cindy Rose, consumer director with Vodafone UK. Continue reading