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Skype on the Nokia XL Nokia’s bet on Android smartphones is working with Nokia X in India

by our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik

Many were sceptical about the success of Nokia X series of Android smartphones when they were officially announced because those devices don’t use Google’s version of Android. They use AOSP [Android Open Special Project] instead. According to internal rumours, even Microsoft was trying to put an end on Nokia’s Android plans. Nokia X might also be the reason for Microsoft’s hurried acquisition of Nokia. Continue reading

http://www.mysmartprice.com/mobile/sony-xperia-z2-c770x-msp3379 Sony moving in the right direction with focus on mid-range smartphones

by our Indian correspondent – Asif Shaik

About a year ago, we reported that ‘Sony’s smartphone growth plan in India looked promising‘. And here we are to proudly report that we were just about right. According to a latest {April 2014] report by IDC, Sony now stands second largest smartphone brand in India (in terms of value sales) demoting Apple into third place. This growth has come from Sony’s continued efforts in improving its smartphones and a renewed focus on mid-range priced devices. Continue reading

Clean-Master-screen Clean Master helps when Android runs out of space for new apps

Brought to us courtesy of Prestigio’s Installer programme

Regular GoMo News readers may recall our previous story ‘GoMo seeks ‘insufficient storage available’ solution‘. It’s a problem with entry-level Android handsets which only sport 500 MB (0.5 GB) of internal memory storage. After downloading may be only a dozen or so apps and then the handset starts reporting “Insufficient Storage Available.” We’ve been searching for a viable antidote and thanks to our loan Prestigio PAP 4500, we’ve found an app that can really help – Clean Master from KS Mobile. 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

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

if you can get it to work - nokia store on android Nokia Store can be accessed by regular Android & Sailfish handsets

Not all Nokia’s AOSP apps will run on them, though

GoMo News has been attempting to discover what apps are available for the Nokia X now that it has been officially released in multiple global markets. For example, the handset sold out in the UAE within a day of going on sale. The ‘X’ is, of course, the first Nokia handset to run Android Open Source Project (AOSP). However, whilst visiting the Nokia app store ( formerly Ovi) via the web, we still aren’t able to set the ‘X’ as our default handset. This in turn has led GoMo to discover that it is theoretically possible to access Nokia’s Android apps stash by downloading an Nokia Store app to your Android – or even Sailfish – handset. If you can get it to work that is. Continue reading

apple's dominance not guaranteed - o'sullivan Apple devices dominate global web browsing while Android gains ground

New dotMobi research reveals which devices are used to browse the web across the world

Press release

March 25th 2014. Despite the growing popularity of Android devices and low-cost smartphones, Apple’s global grip on mobile device browsing remains impressive in many major global markets. New data from dotMobi reveals that Apple’s iOS is the dominant platform for web browsing on mobile devices in many countries, particularly in first world nations. The findings revealed in dotMobi’s Global Device Traffic Index, show that Apple’s iOS-based devices are most used by mobile browsers in the UK, the US, Australia, Canada, and many parts of Europe including France, Italy, Scandinavia and the Benelux countries. Continue reading

FCC-Aztec_code Masabi supplies secure mTickets for FCC trains

Aztec based codes initially readable @ 3 English rail stations

As something of a breakthrough, Masabi – a specialist developer of  mobile ticketing has enabled British train operator  First Capital Connect to roll out its first mTicket capability at three English railway stations. An mTicket enables a smartphone user to purchase a ticket electronically with no need to collect it physically from a ticket office or machine. Instead the mTicket is displayed onscreen as an encrypted Aztec code. [Note: Not a QR code!]. Machines at London King’s Cross, Cambridge and King’s Lynn will initially be able to read these mTickets as will conductors’ portable ticket machines. The plan is to be able to roll it out to other locations including London’s Gatwick airport. FCC is strangely coy about the number of platforms able to run its ‘Rail Tickets’ app. There are Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Nokia apps, for example. Continue reading

making its way to china? Nokia to launch MixRadio in China

Linked to Bill Gates’ return to Microsoft

According to a report in today’s [March 23rd 2014] Sunday Times, Nokia is on the verge on launching a version of its MixRadio streaming service into China. Like other observers, GoMo News would question the wisdom of such a move. As a country its inhabitants aren’t known for much respect for digital copyrights. Which could prove a flaw in Nokia’s business plan. We especially like the newspaper’s suggestion that Bill Gates is somehow behind the move. Continue reading

Nokia-X-Dual-SIM Newsflash: Nokia X Dual SIM on sale in India

Get yourself a Nokia phone that runs Android apps

By chance, GoMo News spotted that the Nokia X has already gone on sale in India. The recommended price is INR 8,599. Which is around £75 or $120. You can see full details of the handset on the Nokia India web site here. Note – this is a Dual SIM handset. See our previous story ‘MWC: 2014 is the year of dual SIM support‘. There are also rumours that the handset is on sale in Kenya. We believe the X (not the X+ or XL) might have gone on sale as early as March 10th [2024]. At MWC Barcelona, Nokia implied it was available on the day of the launch – but that didn’t happen. Continue reading

F1_14_official New F1 race app features in-app purchasing

Official app doesn’t seem to have been well promoted

Ahead of Sunday’s [March 16th] first Formula One (F1) motor race of the 2014, it appears that Formula1.com has done a poor job of promoting the fact that a completely new app has been released for the new season. Bad news for BlackBerry and Windows Phone (WP8) handset owners is that the app – which we believe has been developed by Soft Pauer once again, is only available for Android and iOS. The big difference over previous apps is that there’s a free ‘Lite’ version available for download. And when you notice that all of the information you really want is missing, then you can upgrade to the Premium version via an in-app purchase. Continue reading

Nancy Griffin Guest Post: 8 Things you didn’t know an Android phone can do

by Nancy Griffin, a tech writer who occasionally works with Xicom Technologies

In my opinion, Android is probably the best mobile OS available on the market. Many GoMo News readers already own at least one Android device. The trouble is that being busy with the regular features (such as voice calling and texting), we can easily forget about the not-so-common features. Well, my article is for those guys & gals who want to know how to take full advantage of their Android device. So, here is my list of 8 things you didn’t know an Android phone can do (and were afraid to admit so)! Continue reading

mercedes_bbm BBM Channels confuses ageing GoMo hack

Doesn’t help if you get the wrong team either

Well, here at GoMo Towers we believe in doing things for real rather than merely reproducing snippets sent out across the wires. So we jumped at the chance to try out BlackBerry’s showcasing of its latest BBM Channels facility. Today [March 6th 2014], Mercedes AMG Petronas has ‘fixed it’ for their leading F1 [Formula One] driver – Nico Rosberg to go live on the MAP Channel. Being keen petrol heads, we signed in to see what was going on and ask Nico a question. Firstly we found the whole experience confusing. Secondly we got the wrong F1 team. Continue reading

marketers fine-tune their strategies & spending - alder 2 new indexes for game/app marketers launched

Fiksu aims to help marketers gauge the true mobile costs

In order to help app and game marketers reach their user acquisition goals, Fiksu has created two new indexes. These are designed to help app marketers analyse and benchmark mobile app advertising strategies, with an eye on engagement. The new Fiksu Cost per Install (CPI) index focuses on download costs, measuring the cost per app install directly attributed to advertising. The second new Fiksu index measures the Cost per App Launch. It focuses on engagement and ongoing value, tracking the cost of each repeat app launch over time. Significantly, over Xmas the price difference in reaching Android users rather than iOS users disappeared, Fiksu found. Continue reading

baidu's pic of nokia moneypenny/lumia 630 Dual SIM WP8.1 handset leaks as Lumia 630

Of course the Nokia X Android is dual SIM too

Well the rumour mill has shot into overdrive with a leak of what will almost certainly be the first dual SIM Windows Phone 8.1 (WP8) handset – a Nokia Lumia. The leak’s source appears to be the Chinese web site Baiduhere. The big money is that the device – probably codenamed Moneypenny, will be the the Lumia 630 whilst the Lumia 635 will be a single SIM version. We’re not quite sure why so many observers are saying it is based on the Lumia 620 when the 630 very definitely has a 4.5 inch screen with 854 x 480 pixels. We thought the 620 had a 3.81 inch screen so how can the 630 be based on it? Continue reading