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Apple Apple bounces back as Chinese flock to iPhone

iPhone shipments up 17% in Q2

Strong iPhone sales – driven by China – sparked a 7 per cent jump in Apple’s shares in New York last night [23rd April 2014], with overseas sales now accounting for two thirds of the manufacturer’s revenues. Shares in Britain’s Imagination Technologies – whose majority shareholders and customers include Apple – also perked up on the news this morning, with the stock rising more than 5 per cent in early London trading to around 193 pence. For its fiscal second quarter Apple posted earnings of $45.6 billion and a quarterly net profit of $10.2 billion. Continue reading

ios_711 iOS 7.1.1 update supposedly fixes Touch ID bugs

No massive improvements just bug fixes

It seems that Apple has just released a new update to its mobile OS. The 7.1.1 version of iOS supposedly offers improvements to Touch ID fingerprint recognition; keyboard responsiveness bug fixes; and fixes an issue when using Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver enabled. Apparently, some iPhone 5s users have complained for a while that the smartphone’s fingerprint sensor tends to lose accuracy over time. Hopefully the latest release will make sure the iPhone doesn’t forget what your fingerprints look like. Continue reading

Hardware clinic: How to force Windows 8.1 to recognise your iPhone

Time consuming & frustrating process. Check your USB cable too

It may have something to do with the long rivalry between Apple and Microsoft (although Microsoft once saved Apple and bailed it out), but here at GoMo Towers we couldn’t believe how difficult it was for one reader to connect her iPhone to her nearly new laptop PC. The laptop was running Microsoft’s latest OS – Windows 8.1 and the software vendor isn’t doing itself any favours if it wants to persuade existing Windows XP users to migrate to its latest software. Because the whole process was time consuming & frustrating. We eventually fixed the problem but it took hours. Continue reading

@toddham Yet more iWatch rumours surface

Research note unbelievably claims that the device will support NFC

We’ve just checked here at GoMo Towers and it’s over a year since we published our first story about a rumoured wearable technology device from Apple which everyone has codenamed (probably correctly) as the iWatch. Before you get too excited, this time the device is predicted to ship in Q4 2014. Which means that it is unlikely to be announced at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference which in 2014 will be held between June 2nd-6th. The bit which amuses GoMo News most is that the “comprehensive” research note from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the iWatch will support NFC. Continue reading 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

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

digital music sales might be hit OTT players hit by change in UK VAT loophole

Amazon & Apple may raise prices on digital music sales

In a move which will at least bring some satisfaction to Blighty’s [UK's] MNOs [Mobile Network Operators], the UK Chancellor has moved to close a tax loophole. The major OTT players such Amazon, Apple & Skype, take advantage of the tax system to pay their VAT bills in an EU country where charges are low. For example, in Luxembourg the VAT rate is a mere 3 per cent whereas in Britain it is currently 20 per cent. New rules will mean that Brits Revenues & Customs will be able to levy 20 per cent VAT on downloads executed in the UK. OTT players could respond by raising prices. 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

apply could swap to wireless chargers like the gear 4 Apple could be forced to add micro-USB port by EU

Modernised radio equipment directive could enforce common phone charger

Iconic smartphone manufacturer, Apple, could find itself forced to add a micro-USB port to its iPhone mobile handsets by a European MEPs. They have just amended the draft law to stipulate that the ability to work with common chargers will be an essential requirement for radio equipment. They’ve definitely got mobile phones in mind here. The logical outcome would be a one-charger-fits-all for handsets – and a micro-USB port is the only viable option. Hence, if Apple is going to sell smartphones within the EU (and therefore Europe) it could be forced to add a micro-USB port to its devices. 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

Imagination_Logo4 More doom from Imagination as it lowers shipment expectations

No improvement likely for well over a year
Shares plunge over 10% in early London trading

A slowdown in the global smartphone market and failure to win more share of the business for entry level handsets has led to UK chip designer Imagination Technologies into admitting that this year’s unit shipments are “behind expectations.” In an interim trading statement issued today [6th March 2014], Imagination also admitted it didn’t expect things to recover until the latter part of next year, though it also stated that low royalty margins from its entry level phone designs meant that the impact on overall revenues was minimal. Continue reading

jane_miller Guest Post: A bite of the Apple in 2014

What should we expect from Apple?

by Jane Miller, a freelance writer & contributor

It appears that Apple has a knack of coming out with the hottest gadgets. Apparently, according to CNBC’s All-America economic survey, half of North American households agree with this. Over 55 million families owned at least one Apple product in 2012. What’s more, 10 per cent of households without Apple products planned to join the ‘in crowd’ in 2013. I predict that this trend isn’t about to end any time soon (not shortly). To discover what else you can expect from Apple in 2014, read on. I believe we’ll see an iPhone 6; the iWatch; and an iPad Pro. Continue reading

Apple & Samsung vs The Rest

Apple boasts 76 per cent brand retention and Samsung attracts 34 per cent of all consumers switching device brands.

New data from WDS, a Xerox company, finds that breaking the smartphone duopoly won’t be easy.

Press release

February 24th 2014. Despite ground-breaking features and super-slick marketing, smartphones launching at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 have a difficult task ahead if they are to break the Apple and Samsung duopoly. Analysis into brand retention across smartphone manufacturers by WDS, a Xerox company, shows that 76 per cent of Apple customers replace their iPhone with another iPhone, while 34 per cent of all consumers switching device brands choose Samsung. Continue reading

chen- 2 new handsets @ MWC BlackBerry shares surge again on news of super encrypted messaging platform

Up by nearly a fifth in just a week

BlackBerry’s, CEO John Chen, has given the firm’s investors further cheer after revealing its messaging system would be made more bullet-proof for corporate customers. The news, coming in the wake of Facebook’s $19 billion (£11.4 billion) planned purchase of WhatsApp – which alone made analysts reappraise the value of BlackBerry’s messaging system, sent shares in the Toronto phone maker up another 8 per cent at close last night [25th February 2014]. This resulted in an overall 18 per cent leap in the manufacturer’s stock in less than a week. It ended the day at $10.60 on Nasdaq. Continue reading

SellMyMobile Apple fanbois dumping their iPhones for Galaxy S5

Tenuous claims of our time from SellMyMobile

During MWC Barcelona 2014 week with all of the industry announcements being made – especially for new smartphones, it seems that Apple fanbois might at last be breaking under the strain. Well, that seems to be what mobile phone recycling site – appears to believe. The site has contacted us here at GoMo Towers, to inform us that there has been an enormous increase in the number of iPhone handset owners trading in their beloved, Apple-crafted iPhones. In fact, there has been an 87 per cent increase in the number of iPhone trade-ins on the first day of the MWC Barcelona show. Why? Continue reading