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But elsewhere in the world Android is storming ahead
Apple has snatched back its lead of the US smartphone market from Google’s Android platform, though it’s at the expense of RIM’s BlackBerry devices and Microsoft’s Windows Phone. It is the first time since February , when sales of the previous iPhone 4S were declining, that Apple has regained its No.1 slot in America. Continue reading
Adverts on smartphones and other roaming devices could become obsolete under plans by the firm behind the world’s most downloaded online ad-blocking software to launch a mobile version of its product.
Tomorrow [27th November 2012] Eyeo – developer of AdBlock Plus – will launch a version of its popular program for Android phones in a move that is likely to cause major headaches for the rapidly-growing mobile advertising industry. Continue reading
Rating: OK, Greene King, what happened to our free pint of Stella?
Here at GoMobile Towers we have always maintained that the drinks industry in the UK has become particularly attuned to the power of the smartphone (& tablet) in marketing and promotions. Hence, we have made frequent mention of the fact that QR codes have been making their appearance on such common ‘pub’ (public house) items such as beer mats and pump clips. In addition we’ve reported on ‘warcoding’ of QR codes in pubs like the Royal George here. Plus the use of QR codes on bottles of cider by Bulmers here. Now the drinks sector has moved onto AR (augmented reality) with an unholy alliance between image recognition specialist, blippar and pub chain/brewers, Greene King. With larger producer, Stella Artois, headlining this promotion. Continue reading
Rating: BBC’s Media Player saves the day on Android
Over the last weekend [3rd-4th November 2012], GoMobile News struggled to watch the Formula One motor racing live in the UK. But then we discovered that it was possible to play ‘catch up’ by using the BBC’s iPlayer service. The question was – how? And the answer proved to be watching via iPlayer on a Motorola RAZR (XT910). Naturally, the screen size – even on the RAZR – was more than a little bit disappointing. Luckily, the RAZR has a built in HDMI port. So using an extremely low cost HDMI cable purchased from eBay, we were able to plug the RAZR into a regular flat screen TV set. This gave us the screen size we needed but not quite the resolution. We’re working on that bit. Continue reading
A group of Japanese app developers could face up to three years imprisonment after being arrested over a smartphone virus scam.
Initial reports said that about 90,000 smartphones were infected by the virus which extracted personal information stored on users’ handsets.
The apps, marketed to unsuspecting customers as a download called “The Movie”, ostensibly offered a free video facility for Android smartphones and were advertised via popular games titles. Continue reading
Rating: Availability of Nokia Lumia 920 clear as mud
Well, yesterday [October 29th 2012] Microsoft finally introduced the long-awaited Windows Phone 8 (WP8) – a mere three days after the official launch of Windows 8 itself. However, it has left existing Windows Phone 7.5 (W7 Mango) owners hanging – having previously admitted that such smartphones won’t be upgradeable to WP8. Instead, we’re being told that, “WP7.8 will be announced soon. Hang in there,” by Nokia News on Google Plus of all mediums. Another source claimed to have got a similar reply from Microsoft itself. The availability of Nokia flagship WP8 phone – the Lumia 920 is also clear as mud. Continue reading
Rating: Older iPad 3 only worked on North American LTE networks
Much as predicted, Apple launched a new iPad mini tablet in California yesterday [October 23rd 2012], along with an improved version of the iPad. Significantly, both models will be compatible with EE’s 4G network in the UK – 4GEE, thanks to built-in support for Band 3 LTE. EE’s own web site here doesn’t yet make reference to the two new Apple devices. However, on Apple’s own web site here, it does say, “EE (soon to launch).” This will give EE another major boost for 4G sales in the run-up to Xmas sales. Continue reading
Rating: Still “waiting for activation”
Here at GoMobile News we are in the information business – not merely trying to score points off industry newbies. Thus it seems appropriate to provide the latest update in our ongoing battle to restore a ‘jailbroken’ Apple iPhone 3G to full working order. We appear to be around 90 per cent of the way now. As we correctly surmised in our previous story here, the jailbreak attempted on a regular iPhone 3G passed to us by a reader did, in fact, leave it with the wrong version of its ‘baseband’ software in place. Luckily, not every not every Apple fan is dismissive, arrogant or just plain rude – unlike several people who posted comments on our site. Hence Chris Stratton came to our rescue and pointed us in the right direction of a cure to our predicament. Continue reading
by Gabriel Ghavami, CEO with the GO MO Group *
People discuss the traditional web as the default and the mobile web as a side note. This situation, however, will be reversed in the near future. The previous ‘one desktop computer for each family’ is rapidly being replaced by the much more personal individual smartphone for every person. This means that the mobile web will soon be the default language – but great on-line nations like Sweden are lagging far behind. Can a fundamental stable platform lead to competitive advantage in the long-run? Continue reading
Rating: 2nd generation board has mobile potential
Ever since we first heard about the Raspberry Pi project, here at GoMobile News we thought that the one thing missing is a mobile element. Well now with the launch of a new 512MB board version of the ‘Model B’ device, that is rapidly becoming a possibility. For those who haven’t heard of the Pi, it is a revolutionary, credit-card sized computer aimed at encouraging people to understand what truly goes on ‘under the hood’ of a computing device. With double the RAM, the Raspberry Pi should be able to run a future version of an Android 4.0 operating system. Continue reading
Shares in Chinese telecom and mobile operator ZTE plunged 15 per cent in early trading today [15th October 2012] after it warned that Q3 losses would wipe out first half profits.
Only three weeks ago ZTE, the world’s fourth largest mobile phone company, revealed it was to step up production of smartphones to 35 million this year having sold 66.1 million mobile phones overall in 2011. Its meteoric rise has caused concern to other phone makers, particularly in the US where last week a US Congress report branded ZTE and its larger rival Huawei a national security threat and called for the government and telecom carriers to do more to block them from acquisitions and contracts there. Continue reading
Rating: New brand for 4G still to be revealed
EE‘ s CEO, Olaf Swantee, has just announced the date when his company’s 4G network will start commercial operations. It’s October 30th – not 23rd March  as previously reported. Swantee describes it as the UK’s first superfast mobile 4G and fibre broadband service. That’s because as GoMobile News was surprised to discover, UK Broadband has been offering a 4G service* since February 2012. According to Mark Newman, chief research officer with Informa Telecoms & Media, EE (formerly Everything Everywhere) is going to launch a major national advertising campaign in the coming weeks. “The combination of an attractive new brand, faster speeds and the iPhone 5 (which will operate on the 4G network) is going to be a pretty compelling proposition,” Newman commented. Continue reading
Rating: A cautionary tale concerning Error 1015
Understandably, handset geeks just cannot resist messing around with the mobile OS on their smartphones. However, here at GoMobile News we have a cautionary tale for those who might be considering ‘jailbreaking’ Apple’s latest offering – the iPhone 5. Why would anyone want to ‘jailbreak’ an iPhone in the fist place? Well, jailbreaking frees the handset from the tyranny of the Apple iTunes App Store whereas ‘unlocking’ it frees the smartphone from being locked onto one specific mobile operator’s network. They are not necessarily the same thing. You can unlock an iPhone without jailbreaking it, in theory. The main motivation in jailbreaking an iPhone seems to be to gain access to the infamous Cydia site which provides iPhone owners with a whole host of utilities to customise the look and feel of their iPhones. True personalisation but on an iPhone. Continue reading
by Rob James, occasional blogger for Boxmodeldigital
The Mozilla Firefox OS has been receiving a lot of attention, and for good reason. As an alternative to Android, iOS, and Windows Phone – an open source, HTML 5 based OS could be the solution to problems with the former, and an excellent way of getting hold of lower cost, but still effective, smart phones. For me, the prospect of an OS that can replicate the speed and performance of a web browser without the problems of a proprietary system would be an excellent way to customise and simplify how I use my phone. Continue reading