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About Tony Dennis

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He's a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.

- macmillan Pollen’s Macmillan comments on app poverty line

Possibly 98.4% of developers living on it

A recent report – based on research by Vision Mobile, entitled ‘Developer Economics Q3 2014: State of the Developer Nation‘ revealed that many app businesses currently are not sustainable. Crucially, the report found that just 1.6 per cent of developers generate most of the app store revenue. Martin Macmillan, CEO with new FinTech company Pollen, appears to have coined a new phrase for this – the “app poverty line”. Thus, in effect, as many as 98.4 per cent of mobile app developers may be living below the app poverty line. Hence Macmillan offers useful advice to developers. Talking to Pollen itself is the tip he neglected to mention. Continue reading

tstia app screenshot GoMo News gets frustrated with Channel 4 app

Trying to vote with The Winner Takes It All app

There’s good ideas for creating brilliant marketing plans and there’s the harsh reality which the implementation of an app presents to real people. GoMo News was all fired up to participate in an online music contestant voting system. Then we discovered how many hoops we had to jump through. This whole exercise in mobile marketing has been created by the British TV station, Channel 4, in conjunction with content producers Endemol ( most famous for Big Brother). The pair has produced an app which enables the UK public to vote for wannabe superstars. It’s called The Singer Takes It All (TSTIA). Instead of hours of fun, it seems to offer hours of frustration. Continue reading

Aeromobile_inflight Thales predicts wi-fi on planes will be universal

Not sure how French defence giant will benefit

Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO of the French defence giant, Thales, is predicting that Wi-fi will soon be fitted by most commercial airlines. He to the UK’s Sunday Telegraph, said that recent advances in the technology will mean that within a couple of years broadband services would be available for all passengers on short and long-haul flights “for the price of just a few pounds [£s] per flight.” Apparently, this change the face of civilian air travel. Does he mean that satellite broadband is coming down in price? Or that the dishes can track satellites more accurately. Why not use cellular instead or as well? Continue reading

Globetrotter-battery Powered up phones requirement at airports counter-productive


What happens if we all start carrying battery packs?

The news that various British airlines – especially those flying passengers to the USA, have started to insist that travellers’ mobile devices – such as smartphones and tablets, must be powered up could well prove to be counter-productive. This GoMo News hack doesn’t believe he is unusual but if an airline wanted to confiscate either my mobile phone or my laptop, then there wouldn’t be any point me getting on that plane. Both are vital tools for performing my line of work. Normally it wouldn’t be too difficult to keep both items charged. But our recent experience flying back to Britain from Barcelona suggests otherwise. We’re all for countering terrorism but you have to be pragmatic about these things. Continue reading

matt_banham Omlis acquires massive techie Banham as new CTO

Aims to be global provider of hacker free mobile payments

The arrival of Matt Banham at global mobile payments solutions provider, Omlis, has been heralded as the dawn of a new day for the business. He’s been appointed as the company’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and really does have an impressive technical background. For example, he was instrumental in developing the world’s first operational, real-time, predictive air traffic control system. The appointment follows a number of recently announced strategic partnerships such as one in Latin America with ISN Technologies which facilitates transactions for some of Chile’s largest organisations. The UK based company claims to be a leading provider of hacker and fraud free mobile payment solutions and has the IP for its proprietary technologies to back them up. Continue reading

liberate-speakers Marley offspring get into earth friendly audio products

House of Marley offers Bluetooth compatible audio accessories

At an event entitled ‘Xmas in July’, GoMo News ran into an intriguing company in the audio field – The House of Marley. The company produces a range of mobile-friendly audio products such as in-ear headphones; on-ear headphones; over-ear headphones and portable audio systems. Given that musician-backed tech companies such as Beats Electronics have just become very trendy (see ‘Dr Dre may add fizz to Apple’s music brand‘), a company founded by Bob Marley’s off-spring looks set to be going places. Continue reading

ads cannot eat users' gigabytes - vila A new IM service that’s simply quackkers

Quack! app is brill delivery mechanism for video ads

About the last thing you’d ever expect to be launched into the mobile industry would be yet another IM [Instant Messaging] service. Yet speaking to Fernando Vila and Guillermo Cardona (founder and international development manager respectively) of Quack! Messenger last week [July 2014], GoMo News was convinced the company had a strong future.They weren’t crackers! Why? Because Quack! isn’t just about messaging. It’s a clever way of delivering rich media ads plus it’s a really attractive revenue share model. There’s also some pretty neat technology behind the delivery of the ads to the IM client app. GoMo News also saw the best demo of a video ad running on a regular smartphone we’ve seen to date. Continue reading

whatsapp-missing-on-bada Indian N73 users still desperate for whatsApp

You’re not alone – so are Samsung bada owners

Recently, GoMo News reader, Pandurang Ghuge, asked us … “I want to know is why isn’t the developer of Whatsapp trying to develop the compatible software for running on an N73 device? And will any solution be found for this?” Short answer – No. He should have read our ‘Nokia N73 updates & WhatsApp help page‘. Despite numerous requests for the N73 to be supported, WhatsApp still hasn’t produced a version that will run on that old Nokia handset. If you don’t believe us go here on the WhatsApp support page. If it’s any consolation, you guys aren’t alone. Bada fanbois are begging for WhatsApp, too. Continue reading

http://www.lemonrock.com Omnifone to help power Neil Young’s PonoMusic

& 4G could well make Pono a viable music service

It seems that a British specialist music firm, Omnifone, is going to provide a helping hand to a new service being fronted by veteran rock star, Neil Young. Young has recently become the CEO of an outfit calling itself PonoMusic. You’d have thought that the market for digital music was already saturated but – No, the company has just managed to raise a truly impressive $6.2 million (£3.6 million) via the crowdfunding web site, Kickstarter. Let’s hope that PonoMusic fares a bit better than another service that Omnifone helped operate – BBM Music. BlackBerry stopped operating BBM Music back in June 2013. The best bit is that PonoMusic agrees with GoMo News’ resident music guru, Mac Maclaren, who’s previously declared that FLAC really is the best digital music format there is. Continue reading

perhaps wonPyo hong has the answer? Samsung drops availability of bada apps thru new store front

Handset vendor renames its store to Galaxy Apps Store

It seems that Korea’s Samsung Electronics has decided to re-launch its online app store as Samsung Galaxy Apps – obviously to pump up the Galaxy brand. One change is that there will be a specific section on the new app store just for Galaxy devices named ‘For Galaxy’. You should only be able to see this section if you possess a Galaxy device. The company appears to be encouraging developers to create Galaxy apps using its own SDKs [Software Developers Kits]. At the same time, Samsung has apparently decided to drop direct support for its own mobile OS – bada, on the new store. Its about as clear as mud what will happen for those who still want bada os apps. Where will they go? Continue reading

Photo blending app dubble aims to raise crowd funding thru Volpit

Doing well so far given it is currently iOS7 only

Claiming to have the world’s first photo collaboration app, dubble, its producer is seeking to raise seed investment on Volpit. Having launched in beta form back in October 2013, dubble has amassed over 120,000 users. Plus 1.5 million ‘dubbles’ have been made in 187 different countries around the globe. That’s pretty impressive given the fact that currently it only available for Apple devices running iOS7. Obviously an Android version will soon be released, yet already between 30k and 40k people use dubble every month. Continue reading

the juice & glue - stuart Brainstorm signs up Telefónica for LBS deal

Platform provides the glue for joining MNOs digital resources together

In a major endorsement of its platform as a mobile engagement tool, Brainstorm has just signed a major deal with leading MNO [Mobile Network Operator], Telefónica. The terms of the three year contract were not revealed and it was described as facilitating Telefónica’s mobile marketing and advertising strategy. The deal covers both Europe and Latin America [LATAM] for global and local brands. However, in a cozy chat with Brainstorm’s CEO, GoMo News has learnt that location based services (LBS) will be an essential element in rolled out campaigns. Continue reading

shara force india made @ silverstone GoMo goes all analogue @ British F1 Grand Prix

Lucky we’d brought out BlackBerry Q5 with us

This weekend [July 6th 2014), GoMo News found itself standing in fields in England’s Northamptonshire to watch the British Formula One (F1) Grand Prix motor race. Given there were around 120,000 other there, needless to say there little or no cellular or Wi-fi coverage. So we had to resort to analogue. Knowing about Silverstone Radio (which broadcasts on 87.7 FM) and how it makes it easy to follow races from the trackside, we took along our little Nokia N73 to utilise its built-in FM radio. We’d also packed our Nokia supplied waterproof jacket (which came in very useful) and which has an inside pocket to keep the handset dry in. We’d forgotten our Nokia connector ear-buds, however, Luckily we remembered our BlackBerry Q5 BB10 device has recently acquired an FM radio capability. Continue reading

passpoint in the S4's settings menu OTA provisioning of HS 2.0 is the problem in San Fran

Some Android devices could be configured manually, tho

Flavio Aggio, CTO for the Department of Technology in the City of San Francisco, USA has kindly written to GoMo News seeking to provide clarification of why the City’s HotSpot 2.0 [HS 2.0] rollout only seems to support devices made by Cupertino-based Apple. (See our previous story ‘San Fran & San Jose launch Wi-fi network to rival cellular‘). The problem, it seems, centres on the OTA [Over-The-Air] provisioning of HS 2.0 settings. Aggio tells GoMo News, “Android and other mobile operating systems don’t have the capability of getting HotSpot 2.0 configuration for over the air.” Continue reading

business apps from EE are handpicked - tomlinson EE to promote benefit of apps to SMEs

UK MNO finds that 5 million Brit workers could benefit

Britain’s largest MNO [Mobile Network Operator], EE, commissioned an survey of 1,083 UK small businesses conducted by Vision Critical during May 2014. It found that despite enabling staff to work more efficiently, only 22 per cent of small businesses bosses currently offer their staff apps to help with their work. Yet 37 per cent of small business employees, equating to five million workers, think that they would be more productive if their bosses provided business apps. The result? EE has launched Business Apps – a new suite of apps for business. If small business customers take Office 365, Sage, or MozyPro from EE they will receive 1 GB of extra data per month added to their EE plan. Continue reading