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nadella - mobile first By axing Nokia X series, Microsoft gets to focus entirely on the Lumia brand

Special report by our Indian technical correspondent

In an email to Microsoft employees last week [July 2014], CEO Satya Nadella announced that the company would lay off 18,000 employees over the course of the year and most of them (12,500) would be from Nokia’s handset division. These layoffs are Microsoft’s way of restructuring around a Nadella’s view of Microsoft as a “mobile first, cloud first” organisation. Continue reading

not at the expense of real life - myers Smartphones killing Brits sex lives

28% check their smartphones during sex act

They say that there’s an app for everything these days, so it should come as no surprise to learn that there are apps to improve your sex life. This discovery was made by none other than the UK’s Sun newspaper, of course. It then went on to rate five of the leading sex apps for iOS and Android. The article was prompted by shock findings from a survey carried out for TigerMobiles.com by market research and polling agency, Carter Digby. They asked 1,500 couples in the UK between 18-30 a range of questions on their sex lives and smartphone usage habits. A shocking 28 per cent revealed they have even checked their phone during sexual intercourse. Continue reading

Vijay_Gaur Guest Post: What’s in iOS 8 that is good for developers

by Vijay Gaur, a marketing expert with Moability

Apple’s iOS 8 was unveiled on June 2nd [2014] by Apple at the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) where its first beta version was shared with developers. Less than three weeks after its public appearance, the company has since released a new iOS 8 beta version 2. Apple iPhone owners from across the globe are keeping their fingers crossed in anticipation of the official release. Meanwhile software developers and testers are enjoying a free-spirited run toying with the eagerly-awaited new version of the iOS. So what’s in the iOS that is great for developers? I’ll take a look below. Continue reading

Dennis Juul Poulsen Tweakker 14 Guest Post: Connected vehicles? BYOS – Bring Your Own SIM

by Dennis Juul Poulsen, CEO with Tweakker

Billions of dollars are being invested in what is seen as the next big digital playground – the connected vehicle. And central to the mass roll-out of new and subsequently used connected cars and trucks is not just the sticker price, but having connectivity solutions embedded in them allowing the humble, network-agnostic SIM card to access the Internet from a vehicle at anytime, from anywhere, worldwide. Vehicle manufacturers believe that smartphones will change the way people use their vehicles and giant strides have already been made in making them safer, more fuel efficient and more fun to be in thanks to device technology. 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

the passport keyboard Promised Passport from BlackBerry could stem customer loss

Making it easier to put Android apps on BB10 too

There have been some pretty comprehensive leaks about BlackBerry’s next BB10 based device – the Passport. Michael Clewley, director of software product management at BlackBerry says it will deliver “a step change in productivity”. He was writing in an official BlackBerry log which has been removed. So, thanks to mobilesyrup, you can read his blog here. Why does it increase productivity? Because this promised BB10 smartphone has a touch-enabled keyboard. Simultaneously BlackBerry has been making it easier for Android developers to port their apps to BB10 devices (including Passport). This might stem the diminishing loyalty of BlackBerry consumers in 2014 recently discovered by British comparison site Cashforphonescomparison. Continue reading

that's definitely a street map of Jakarta Upstream says Nokia is aiming X2 @ India

We say Nokia is competing vs Blackberry over Indonesia

Even though the original Nokia X is barely six months old, last week [June 24th 2014] the handset division of Microsoft launched the Nokia X2. It’s running what most observers refer to as a ‘forked’ version of Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) but this time it has a more Nokia/Microsoft style UI. It’s also avoiding Google’s Play app store as far as technically possible. If users aren’t content with the Nokia Store, then the handset vendor recommends other stores such as 1Mobile Market, Aptoide, SlideME, Mobango and Yandex. Now Vasileios Tziokas, marketing manager with Upstream reckons that Nokia is definitely targeting India with this device. Given that it should be priced sub INR 8,000 (€99) that seems a fair assumption. However, GoMo News thinks it has spotted a deliberate attempt to competing in Blackberry’s favourite market – Indonesia. Continue reading

that's definitely a street map of Jakarta Absolutely all Nokia X2 handset technical specs

Here’s the full Nokia X2 Dual SIM Technical specs

Dual SIM: Dual Standby SIM, Micro SIM
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 1.2 GHz dual-core
User Interface (UI): Nokia X Software Platform 2.0
Mobile OS: Nokia X (forked Android 4.3 Jelly Bean)
Display: 4.3” WVGA LCD (217 ppi) ClearBlack TrueColor (24-bit/16M)Aspect ratio: 16:9 screen Pixel density: 217ppi
Memory:1GB RAM plus 4GB eMMC removeable with support for 32GB SD card
Networks: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 WCDMA 900/2100 HSPA+ 21mbps/5.76mbps
Data Network speeds: WCDMA network: 900 MHz, 2100 MHz WCDMA max data speed DL: HSDPA – 21.1 Mbps WCDMA max data speed UL: HSUPA – 5.76 Mbps GSM network: 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz GSM max data speed DL: EGPRS 296.0 kbps GSM max data speed UL: EGPRS 236.8 kbps
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi security modes: EAP-TTLS/MSCHAPv2, WPA, WEP, PEAP-MSCHAPv2, WPA2 (AES/TKIP), WPA2-Enterprise, WPA2-Personal, EAP-TLS, WPA-Enterprise, WPA-Personal
Wi-Fi hotspot: Up to 8 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
USB: micro USB 2.0 port,
Bluetooth: 4.0 Bluetooth profiles – Headset profile (HSP) 1.2, Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) 1.0, Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) 1.2, General Audio/Video Distribution Profile (GAVDP) 1.2, File Transfer Profile (FTP), Personal Area Network Profile (PAN) 1.0, Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.3, Hands-free profile (HFP) 1.6, Human Interface Device Profile (HID), Object Push profile (OPP) 1.1
GPS: GPS/AGPS/GLONASS HERE Maps Navigation features: Free maps, Offline maps
Location technologies: Glonass, Cellular and Wi-Fi network positioning, A-GPS Continue reading

most powerful one-handed keyboard - lindholm Industry veteran Lindholm joins 5-TILES

Aims to help company provide the new standard for mobile keyboards

It seems that veteran mobile industry member, Christian Lindholm ,has decided to act as an investor and advisor to award-winning startup 5-TILES. The aim is to help 5-TILES become the leading choice of keyboard for any mobile device or wearable product. Lindholm previously held positions at Nokia, Fjord, and Yahoo Mobile. He is probably best known as the inventor of the Navi key, the user interface that was featured on many early Nokia phones. So who better to promote a keyboard designed specifically for mobile which has just five keys and takes up significantly less (70 per cent) space on a handset’s screen. Once you’ve learned to use 5-TILES, you can apparently reach typing speeds you’d expect from a full size keyboard. Continue reading

Dixie_Somers Guest Post: Major differences between Android vs iPhone users

by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who works sometimes with Apple Shark

In my opinion, in North America Android users are far more likely to be found in lower income areas, whereas middle and upper class regions tend to favour the iPhone. This can be put down largely due to the major price differences between the two. For example, an Android handset can easily be obtained for less than half the price of an iPhone. In addition, monetisation differences make Android apps much cheaper than iPhone equivalents. The price divide also creates a separation in price. Young college students generally have less money, thus they are grouped with the lower income Android users no matter what area they live in. Continue reading

Amazon Fire just might revolutionise online shopping

But who will carry the smartphone in the UK for what price?

After yesterday’s [June 18th 2014] launch by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos of its new Android-forked Fire smartphone, expects are once again predicting that the online giant could revolutionise shopping. The handset’s key feature is Firefly, a facility that lets the smartphone identify any of 100m products within a second and link to the product on Amazon’s website. Iin a rare media appearance, Bezos actually demonstrated Firefly. The company also said the $199 (£117) smartphone would ship on July 25th [2014] initally in the USA with AT&T. No news of a UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator] carrying the product on an initial exlcusive basis was given but the smart money is on Vodafone. Continue reading

First reactions to Amazon’s Fire phone

Actually we think it’s Shazam that’s in deepest trouble

It’s amazing how dazzling Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, must be because the hype seems to have buried the fact that his company has launched a smartphone running a ‘forked’ version of Android. Um, just like that massive success the Nokia X, then? [Sarcasm]. Now GoMo News has read nothing to suggest that the new Amazon Fire smartphone when it is introduced will seriously damage Samsung or Google. Unlike Android which killed Symbian. The thing that strikes us most is the existence of ‘Firefly’ as an app on this phone. This facility can apparently identify songs. Continue reading

ola_onmobile World cup fever hits ringback tones

Sadly for us Brits it will only work in Spain

It seems everyone in the UK has gone World Cup (soccer) mad. Even the Barley Mow in Shepperton has an ale called Maracana from Windsor & Eton for the occasion. So it was no surprise to learn that ringback tone [RBT] specialist, OnMobile, has created a special mobile app (Android only) for the World Cup. It’s purpose? To enable users to show support for their favourite team with a footie style ringback tone. Only problem is that this app only sets an RBT in Spain at present. OnMobile is hoping to get it going in Brazil soon, too. Continue reading

Rachael_dane Guest Post: Motorola’s Moto G – more value than the price

Designed for emerging but doing well in developed markets

by Racheal Dane, a blogger & marketer who works with StealthMate

Motorola may have been targeting the market in the developing countries with the Moto G, a budget variant of Moto X, but this mobile phone shows a lot of promise and the chance to make an impact even in developed countries. There is plenty to love about the budget phone, being offered at under $200 across the globe, though there are some compromises that users may want to settle for. Continue reading

lumia 630 dual You should choose Lumia 630 any day over Nokia XL

by our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik

As we reported back in April [2014], ‘Nokia X has experienced a good amount of traction in India‘, this was mostly due to the fact that it was the first dual SIM smartphone from Nokia. Since then, Nokia has released slightly upgraded versions of Nokia X in the form of Nokia X+ and Nokia XL. Continue reading