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WeChat catching WhatsApp fast

Tencent enjoying major games revenue boost from IM client

China’s Tencent (part of China’s BAT triumvirate along with Baidu and Alibaba) has witnessed significant growth thats to revenues from gaming inside its WeChat IM [Instant Messaging] client along with its social networking client – Mobile QQ. Perhaps the most significant news is the fact that the userbase for WeChat has ballooned up from 396 million in Q1 2014 to 438 million in Q2 2014. That’s well within reach of WhatsApp’s current total of circa 500 million users which currently makes it the leader in the IM niche market. It’s also goood news for Nokia N73 owners as GoMo News previously outlined here, that smartphone is popular with our Indian readers but cannot run WhatsApp. But it can run WeChat. Continue reading

micromax ad mocking apple Xiaomi & Micromax will challenge the current smartphone Big 2

Fitch predicts Apple & Samsung’s handset marketshare will stagnate

It seems that the Big Two smartphone vendors – Apple & Samsung are going to be facing a very tough future thanks to competition in emerging markets. As a consequence, Fitch Ratings is predicting that local handset makers such as China’s Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Huawei along with India’s Micromax will become the main competitors for Apple and Samsung. Locally manufactured devices retailing at $100 to $300 can offer virtually all of the key features of big brand smartphones. Plus Fitch also believes that the forthcoming iPhone 6 probably won’t do enough to bolster Apple. Continue reading

oneplus one - designed on an apple? OnePlus has missed a trick by bundling Google apps

GoMo had big hopes for this CyanogenMod based handset

When we first heard that there was a handset being shipped with a version of the CyanogenMod mobile OS, here at GoMo Towers we got quite excited. That’s because we like the software and until now, ordinary consumers had to go through the complicated process of ‘rooting’ the handset to get it. However, OnePlus (which is part of the Chinese group – Oppo) has done a deal to ship its much-hyped ‘One’ handset with CyanogenMod version 11. [Not a first because the Oppo N1 shipped with CyanogenMod]. Anyway, the one thing we knew about CyanogenMod is that it doesn’t come as standard with all of Google’s apps. Sadly, the One does so we think OnePlus has missed a big trick. Continue reading

same specs for half of the price - tziokas Samsung feels the heat from local producers

China’s Xiaomi and India’s Karbonnare the beneficiaries

It appears from the latest revenue figures from Samsung that the handset giant is coming under great price pressure from local phone manufacturers. It is interesting to see that Samsung is struggling in key emerging markets such as India and China due to local competitors plus a lack of relevance for Chinese consumers who want more high-end devices. Samsung seems to be losing out to China’s Xiaomi and India’s Karbonnare. By contrast, when Apple recently shared its results these included growth in China, which accounted significantly for its increase in earnings. Continue reading

primarily driven by the west - hanage AppFlood Data Report reveals Chinese mobile advertisers crave worldwide inventory for global campaigns

Almost 70 per cent of Chinese mobile advertising spend is on inventory outside Asia
Russia was the primary European target for Chinese advertisers, followed by Italy, Germany and Ukraine
Europe accounted for 20 percent of AppFlood’s global web traffic, behind Asia and Middle East

Press release

April 29th 2014. AppFlood, the largest global mobile RTB [Real Time Bidding] network from China, today released its inaugural quarterly Data Report providing a snapshot of the state of the global mobile advertising industry based on ad traffic and revenue across its network. The report highlights the growing influence of China in the global mobile advertising industry. It revealed 68 per cent of Chinese mobile advertising spend was for inventory outside of Asia. The inventory from outside of Asia that Chinese mobile advertisers craved most was from the Middle East, Europe and Latin America. Continue reading

pleased @strength of  data cablin- eisenhardt Volex hints at significant order uplift on back of China’s 4G surge

London-based mobile cabling provider Volex looks set to provide shareholders with some good news at last after reporting that China’s roll-out of 4G is boosting its own order books. Just under a year ago the firm’s chairman Mike McTighe stepped down, following in the footsteps of CEO Ray Walsh after full year results in May 2013 showed how revenues had dropped to $473 million during the year, compared to $517 million twelve months earlier. Since then Volex’s shares have been on something of a rollercoaster ride, currently standing at around 96 pence compared a year high of 132 pence. Continue reading

initial reports showed MH370 going north Now we need Cambodian phone records for Flight MH370

GoMo speculates once again that missing Malaysian airliner went north

In attempt to stem public criticism, the Malaysian government has released a crucial report iinto what happened when it was discovered that Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 had gone missing. The objective was obviously to help meet the complaints from friends and relatives of the 239 passengers and crew who went missing. However, its publication has raised more questions than it answered. GoMo News is particularly intrigued by the suggestion that the airliner had been picked up by flight control in Cambodia. As GoMo News has pointed out before, the co-pilot definitely turned his mobile phone on whilst the aircarft flew back across Malaysia. Could his smartphone – or those of others on the plane, have been picked up by Malaysian MNOs [Mobile Network Operators]? Continue reading

same specs for half of the price - tziokas X not enough to save Nokia in merging markets

Plus HERE Maps wasn’t part of the acquisition

Despite elation amongst the financial markets that Microsoft had finally acquired Nokia’s Devices and Services division, Noka actually managed to post a year-on-year decline in handset sales by 30 per cent. Nokia also revealed an operating loss of $452 million. In Nokia’s defence, one observer suggested that Nokia’s patent licensing business pulled in roughly $119 million in profit over the last three monthsand that HERE maps brought in $13.8 million. However, Nokia admitted that “Our Smart Devices net sales were affected by competitive industry dynamics including the strong momentum of competing smartphone platforms.” According to Vasileios Tziokas, marketing manager with Upstream, “Emerging markets consumers’ desire for smartphones is increasingly being met by an onslaught of cheap handsets from all corners.” Continue reading

http://www.ctechcn.com/chinamobile-iphone5s-iphone5c-december18-launch/#more-4250 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

janrain_social Google’s single logon pays off in social logins share

Google continues to steal market share from Facebook

Google has increased its share of social logins according to a new report from Janrain. The company says this is likely the result of unifying all of services under a single Google login identity. Now that there’s a a single login for Gmail, Android, and the Play Store, this is helping Google+, YouTube and Drive. Curiously, Yahoo! has moved to stop consumers logging into its services using a Google (or Facebook) identity. 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

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

Fuji_Xerox Fuji Xerox (Hong Kong) wins best mobile app award

Shows how it is still delivering innovative document solutions after 50 yrs

Fuji Xerox (Hong Kong) is giving itself a well-deserved pat on the back for managing to win the Hong Kong Wireless Technology Industry Association’s Best Mobile Apps (Mobile Enterprise Solution) Certificate of Merit in the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2014. The award was for its QuickaForm mobile solution. It illustrates how Fuji Xerox (Hong Kong) continues to deliver innovative document consultancy solutions to its customers in Hong Kong throughout its 50 years in business. Continue reading

HTC One Once mighty HTC sees losses grow as phone sales lose traction

Next quarter will be better, it insists

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has suffered a deeper-than-expected first quarter loss, as its market share continues to slide – with it now standing at around 2 per cent. Despite rave reviews for its flagship smartphones, HTC sales remain modest and in the three months to April 2014 it posted a 22.6 per cent drop in revenues to 33.12 billion Taiwanese dollars (£659 million). But it insists it is likely to return to profit in Q2 following the late-March release of its upgraded flagship smartphone, the HTC One M8. In recent months it has also slashed costs dramatically in a bid to bolster its share price which has lost nearly 90 per cent since its April 2011 peak. Continue reading

same specs for half of the price - tziokas Guest Post: Is the Nokia X seeing stars?

by Vasileios Tziokas, marketing manager, Upstream

Nokia’s attempts to break into emerging markets bore fruit in the shapely form of the X. The device combines what Nokia considers to be the best of Android with what makes Nokia the third most desired brand in India – great style, great heritage and a simple UI. In fact, 17 per cent of Indian consumers polled in our [Upstream's] latest consumer attitudes report said they would like to buy a Nokia as their next phone. Compare that to China where only 4 per cent of consumers lust after a Nokia handset, and you would imagine that the Nokia X would sell much more easily in India than it would in China. Continue reading