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- luvaglio Bizzby wants to be the Uber of handymen discovery

Better move fast to fend off Big Guns, then

In the Bad Old Days [BODs], if you had a great bit of software, you only had to worry about one deadly foe – Microsoft. Nowadays, mobile entrepreneurs have multiple potentially lethal competitors. The list includes Google, Amazon and Apple. Plus possibly Microsoft, still. And the only major escapee to date is Uber. So what do you do? Well, if you are Rohan Sinclair Lugvaglio, founder of the Bizzby app, you start cuddling up to VCs [Venture Capitalists] PDQ [Pretty Damn Quick]. And that is exactly what he’s done. Lugvaglio is reputedly in last stage talks with two Californian based VCs and aiming to break into two out of the four BRIC countries: India and Brazil. What does Bizzby do? Essentially it puts you in touch with local handymen. Then there’s Bizzby Sky which will enable customers to have items picked up or delivered by drone. Ambitious or what? Continue reading

moms primary target - bager Mobile is crucial for brands targeting young mums says IAB

Only 5% of Millennial Mums in China have no smartphone

Brands should definitely be concentrating on mobile as the prime channel to reach the so-called ‘Millennial Mums’ according to a new report produced by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and BabyCenter. Not only is the reported time spent by these feamles on mobile exceeding or approaching parity with TV, but they are incredibly likely to switch brands. The report is entitled ‘2015 State of Modern Motherhood: Mobile and Media in the Lives of Moms‘ and it looks at young mothers aged 18 to 32 in the USA, Brazil, Canada, China and the UK. According to the report, motherhood triggers new priorities when it comes to purchase decisions, sparking a substantial brand shift moment in a wide range of categories. Continue reading

juniper-logo Smartphone sales surging ahead says Juniper

Apple & Samsung decline vs Huawei, LG & Lenovo rise

According to Juniper Research Whilst global smartphone shipments exceeded 290 million units in Q2 2014, Samsung and Apple both lost market share. The chief beneficiaries were Huawei, LG and Lenovo. Significantly, Juniper anticipates that emerging nations in Far East & China, Indian Subcontinent, Latin America and Africa & Middle East will account for over 50 per cent of the global smartphones shipped in 2014. The 290m million represented 26 per cent y-o-y [year-on-year] growth and 2 per cent q-o-q [quarter-on-quarter] growth. Continue reading

everyone wants desire 210 - yang HTC’s focus on mid-range devices like Desire 210 might save the company

by our Indian correspondent – Asif Shaik

There have been many articles discussing how HTC is failing in spite of the company releasing great devices like HTC One M8. But almost nobody is talking about how HTC can prevent itself from failing with the right focus on the mid-tier smartphone segment. Quite a while back, during the initial launch of One series, HTC CEO, Peter Chow, stated that his company will only focus on the high-end One series devices like HTC One X and HTC One S. But lack of focus on its mid-range Desire series smartphones cost HTC heavily as its cash flow became heavily eroded. Continue reading

use your Goodspeed witha PlayBookPlayBook Use your Goodspeed mobile Wi-fi hotspot now in India

GoMo gets its loan unit upgraded to 3.5G

Good news for those travellers intending to travel to India. Uros, makers of the Goodspeed mobile Wi-fi hotspot has announced that it can now provides low-cost mobile data in India. That means the number of countries where travellers can gain low cost mobile internet access through the Goodspeed service has risen to 57 including the USA and the BRIC countries including Russia and China. Those travelling to India with a Goodspeed will pay a daily rate of €9.90 (INR 828) a day for 500MB of data. A Goodspeed is ideal for providing a data connexion whilst travelling with a tablet such as a BlackBerry PlayBook – which has no SIM card slot. Continue reading

unique network of partners amongst brands - geissendoerfer OTM partners with YOOSE to provide brands in Russia the latest in hyper-local mobile technology

Press release

February 24th 2014. YOOSE, the global hyper-local mobile ad network, has established a partnership agreement with OTM, a digital sales house in Russia, to bring YOOSE’s core services to major brand advertisers in Russia. Marketers will now have the opportunity to leverage YOOSE’s expertise in running hyper-local mobile display ad campaigns right from campaign planning, creative and message consultation to execution and post-campaign location insights. Continue reading

Ronan_Cremin Guest Post: Mitigating the device explosion via data

by Ronan Cremin, CTO with dotMobi

2013 certainly didn’t disappoint in relation to mobile device news. Early in 2013 we saw the launch of Samsung’s latest and much coveted device – the Galaxy S4. Apple launched two new versions of its iPhone. Google also made a major stir with Google Glass and Samsung also jumped on the ‘wearables’ bandwagon, with the release of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch. It seems the scramble to reach consumers globally with a range of devices to suit every conceivable need has meant the sheer number of devices entering the marketplace has risen exponentially. Here I’ll discuss the global proliferation of Internet enabled devices and the key considerations businesses need to account for in the changing device landscape. Continue reading Indians are buying more & more low cost tablets for calling

by our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik

The tablet PC market in India has enjoyed significant growth in 2013. It is expected that six million tablet units will have been shipped in 2013. According to TechSci Research, the tablet market in India generated around $2 billion revenue in 2013. Although Apple may be the King in worldwide tablet sales and revenue, the growth of tablets in India seems to be extremely favouring Android, mainly due to availability of low cost devices. Continue reading

txtNation txtNation launches Direct Carrier Billing in Russia

Press release

txtNation has now launched its Direct Operator Billing solution for the Russian market, allowing businesses to accept mobile payments in this European country. Russia has experienced a lot of growth in mobile internet usage in recent years, with 31.4 per cent of the population accessing the web on their handsets in 2013, compared to 21.9 per cent in 2012 and 17.8 per cent in 2011. Continue reading

Influx of local smartphones is troubling Big Brands in emerging markets

Spice mobile brands curry favour with Indian consumers
by our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik

Since the inception of Android, we have seen dozens of new smartphone brands emerge. Some of the most popular new brands are Xiaomi in China, Micromax in India, Smartfren in Indonesia, Ninetology in Malaysia and Tecno Mobiles in African countries. Combined, all these local brands, are providing tough competition to established international players like Samsung and Apple – especially in emerging markets. Neglecting the importance of dual SIM smartphones has cost international brands a huge chunks of their emerging markets share. In India we’ve also seen the dominance of the ‘spice mobile’ phone makers. Continue reading

Movile_screenshot Movile helps app developers get into massive Latin American & Brazilian consumer markets

The Movile Marketplace lets developers upload their apps to a site where they can they be pre-loaded to smartphones

Press release

December 20th 2013.  Movile, Latin America’s biggest mobile content platform, is announcing a new app marketplace that brings together Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), carriers, and app developers. The Marketplace lets OEMs and carriers choose to preload apps that app developers have uploaded in a single, central site. It builds on the success of a similar initiative that preloaded over ten million apps onto phones built by Apple, Samsung, LG, Sony, and Huawei amongst others. The Movile Marketplace solves common problems developers experience when trying to expand into Latin America and Brazil, and gives them a valuable opportunity to be pre-loaded on phones. Continue reading

Kinjal_Adeshara Guest Post: 5 ways to make your m-commerce business successful in emerging markets

by Kinjal Adeshara, a blogger working with Cygnet Infotech

Global sales trends are shifting and e-commerce is growing at a furious pace. According to eMarketer here, global e-commerce sales have topped 1.2 trillion dollars, and emerging markets are behind the continued expansion of e-commerce. E-commerce has matured in the Western markets, and it is gradually reaching a point of saturation. But, there is a tremendous scope for ecommerce and m-commerce in emerging markets like India, China, Russia and Brazil [BRIC countries]. Most of the growth in digital sales will come from emerging markets. Continue reading

Brazil_World_cup2 Skype & TravelSim offer free calls to World Cup footie fans

Aimed at those going to the World Cup in Brazil for Summer 2014

Let’s face it. It has been estimated that for soccer fans travelling from England it will cost around £10, 000 in flights, tickets and accommodation. And that’s just for the three opening group games. Love ones left at home are bound to worry. Which is why two Estonian based technology firms TravelSim and Skype have teamed up to make it free for Skype users to call all TravelSim mobile users. The beauty of this arrangement is that the TravelSim user doesn’t even need a data connexion. Continue reading

travelsim_logo Free calls to World Cup soccer in Brazil next Summer from TravelSim

Estonian technology firms Skype and TravelSim in unique link-up meaning families from all over the world can keep in touch for free with football fans at the World Cup in Summer 2014

Press release

Mobile travel expert, TravelSim has teamed up with fellow Estonian based company Skype making it free for Skype users to call all TravelSim mobile users. This first of its kind agreement means families can stay in touch for free with football fans in Brazil for the World Cup soccer next Summer [2014]. Continue reading

iPhone_5c Apple is targeting India & China for further sales growth

It might be doing better than some Western observers imagine

Last month [September 2013],  Apple announced its latest iPhone 5s and  iPhone 5c models. Whilst Apple might be a power-player in countries like the USA and UK, it has yet to make a serious mark in China and India. That might all change soon writes our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik. For example, Apple has introduced easy financing schemes in India and consumers in BRIC countries still aspire to own an iPhone 5c. Apple ‘s CEO, Tim Cook, also visited China numerous times this year [2013] to check on the working conditions in the factories that make ‘iDevices’, as well as meeting with state officials. Continue reading