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empowered by mobile apps & responsive design - weiss Pepsi &Mitsubishi Electric discuss “Are Enterprise Apps Worth the Dirty Work?”

Press release

April 9th 2014. Open Mobile Media is hosting complimentary webinar – “Are Enterprise Apps Worth the Dirty Work?”, on April 30th [2014] from 10am -11am PST. It will feature interactive marketing and mobile enterprise experts from Fortune 500′s sharing their experiences and advice on building apps for the enterprise. Continue reading

bbm on an android phone BlackBerry updates BBM for Android

Positioning BBM to rival Line, Facebook & even Snapchat

Another sign that BlackBerry really is learning how to monetise its software assets – not just its smartphones, is provided by the latest update to BBM for Android. A key feature is the addition of ‘stickers’ and the fact that there is now a BBM shop where you can actually purchase stickers to send to other BBM users. That’s taking rival social media sites such as Facebook and Line head on. Plus there’s now an improved picture (photo) sharing facility. GoMo reckons this is a reaction to analysts who claim Facebook is losing traffic to photo sharing apps such as Snapchat. 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

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

netflix2_q5 GoMo loads Android version of Netflix onto BlackBerry Q5

Running Android apps under BB10 10.2.1 is easy

Having read that Nokia claims that around 75 per cent of Android apps will run straight ‘out-of-the-box’ on its AOSP [Android Open Source Project] based X platform reminded GoMo News, that we haven’t tried the same trick with BlackBerry 10. So we tried to identify an iconic Android app that appears to be missing from the BlackBerry World app store and came up with Netflix. Given that it requires video streaming, we consider this a suitable challenge. We loaded the Android app onto a Q5 and it worked without modifications. Continue reading

nokia x range is aosp based MWC: Nokia X smartphones really are Android devices

But they’re loaded with Microsoft’s not Google services

Effectively what Nokia has done is an Amazon Kindle. Which is to take the Android Open Source Project (AOSP)code and build its own front end upon it. Technically known as ‘forking’, we believe. Rather than take the full official version of Android (and presumably paying Google for the privilege), this means that Nokia can tie users of the new Nokia X range (codenamed Normandy) into its full range of services. Crucially this means that Nokia X users will be taken to the Nokia Store and CloudDrive rather than the Google equivalents (ie Google Play). But it also means that Nokia X handsets will be fully integrated with other Microsoft owned services – particularly Skype as well as HERE Maps from Nokia. Oh, and there’s Nokia Mix Radio in the X range as well. Continue reading

parents don't know full scope of charges - ramirez Apple to pay out millions in row over ‘illicit’ app downloads by children

Purchases only come to light when bill lands

Parents whose kids bought apps and games upgrades for their iPhones and iPads without consent are to be compensated by Apple following a landmark US ruling. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) decision means Apple will have to refund at least $32.5 million to parents, with no maximum on the total it could pay out, and to modify how its App Store obtains consent for in-app payments by March 2014. Apple’s App Store generated $10 billion in sales last year, with the Cupertino giant taking a 30 per cent slice, but its success has often been at the expense of parents who only learn about what their children have downloaded once the bills start landing. Continue reading

optimising facebook proves most lucrative - palli Snapchat, Vine among top smartphone apps of 2013

Press release

January 2nd 2014. Snapchat, Vine, and Candy Crush Saga earned coveted spots on smartphones this year, making them among the most downloaded apps of the year. There are more than a million apps on Apple Inc’s App Store and Google Inc’s Play store, the two dominant marketplaces for apps, which see billions of downloads each year. This year [2013], the most downloaded apps were new takes on communication, gaming, and entertainment, according to mobile app experts. “2013 was a really interesting year in terms of maturation, milestones and new trends,” said Craig Palli, chief strategy officer at Fiksu, a mobile marketing company based in Boston Continue reading

AutoRip_amazon Apple’s possible uncompetitive behaviour towards Amazon over AutoRip

We’re no EU lawyers or iOS programmers but ….

Here at GoMo Towers we’re constantly reminded by Apple fanbois that the main reason why the Cupertino-based company can charge a premium for its products is that they are intuitive and easy to use. So when an Apple fan was demonstrating his latest discovery to us – Amazon’s AutoRip, we were more than a little astonished. AutoRip downloads MP3 music files from the Amazon store directly to your iPhone once you have made a purchase of any qualifying ‘AutoRiP’ CDs. When, GoMo News asked to see which tracks had arrived, our iPhone user immediately opened the AutoRip app. But why? There is a perfectly good icon on the iPhone’s home screen marked ‘Music’. Continue reading

Amazon’s UK app store to give away £40 of apps for free on Xmas & Boxing days

We’re not sure but we think some very popular games are included

The UK’s Amazon Appstore is to celebrate Xmas by giving away two free app bundles worth nearly £40 on Xmas &  Boxing days. [December 25/26th 2013]. The promotion is part of the ‘Free app of the Day’ initiative, which is designed to encourage customers to download a paid app or game for free every day. All  the ‘Free apps of the Day’ and bundles have been specially selected. Mobile users who visit the Amazon Appstore  will find suitable apps for Android mobile phones and tablets (including the Kindle Fire range). Naturally. Continue reading

gold standard for inter platform comms - kader Waiting line to join BBM disappears

BlackBerry’s IM system on course to become No. 1 private messaging platform

As we previously reported here, BlackBerry’s official BBM client for Android and iPhone devices was downloaded over 10 million times in the first 24 hours. Now that its first week has ended, over 20 million new users have joined BBM bringing the worldwide total to more than 80 million monthly active users. Significantly, BlackBerry has transformed itself into a major player on Apple’s iTunes and Google’s Play app stores. BBM was the top free overall app in 35 countries in Google Play and in 107 countries in the iTunes App Store. It shows that BlackBerry is maintaining a strong position in markets such as Canada (no surprise); the USA; the UK and Indonesia. Now the focus is on keeping those users active. Continue reading

official bbm twitter saysbbm for iphone version available in uae Roll out of BBM for Android & iOS in total chaos

Unreleased Android version to be disabled, iPhone version paused

What a fine mess. BlackBerry has now admitted that prior to the ‘official’ launch of BBM for Android, an unreleased version of the BBM for Android app was posted online. This apparently wreaked havoc. So BlackBerry intends to disable the unreleased Android app. Astonishingly, some 1.1 million Android handsets became active users of BBM in the first eight hours with the unreleased version. Hence the company has paused “the global roll-out of BBM for Android and iPhone.” However, BBM for iPhone had already been released in several countries worldwide before BlackBerry began pausing – one of them being India and the last being the UAE. Continue reading

china mobile/vodafone tie-up over africa GoMo uncovers some kind of South African WhatsApp scam

Lures you into a ZAR 7 a day dating site

Here at GoMo Towers we received what initially appeared to be a rather innocuous request for publicity for a South African web site which you can find here. It seemed to be offering Whatsapp-like messaging facilities to those who are unable to load the official WhatsApp mobile app. However, on closer inspection this whole thing appears to be some kind of scam from an individual who is attempting to persuade South Africans to sign up to a dating site. The dating site in question is Vaaloo.com and the site does appear to be operated by a Spanish based company called Flexiba. If you want to sign up for a dating service – fine. But this doesn’t look to have anything to do with Whatsapp. Continue reading

Opera provides smart TV maker with an app store

It ain’t exactly online as you need a Hisense TV to see this one

We were only just discussing the impending rise of the ‘connected’ or ‘smart’ TV with 51Degrees.mobi (see here). GoMo News was pondering what development environment it might be best to pick if you are thinking of breaking into this niche. We may well have spotted the answer – HTML5. That’s because browser specialist, Opera, has just done a deal with a leading supplier of smart TVs – Hisense to build access to its Opera TV Store into the sets. The pair claim this will give Hisense users access to apps for video, music, social media, games, news and utilities. Which is great except you can’t discover which apps are available until you’ve actually bought such a device. Continue reading