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But there are plenty others in the frame too
Britain’s biggest mobile operator EE could be the target of a takeover by US telecom’s giant AT&T, it’s claimed, as a virtual guinea pig for its pricing strategies and new technologies. According to the Wall Street Journal, such a purchase would also help AT&T to expand activities beyond American shores as its home market becomes increasingly saturated. Continue reading
Around 8,000 S3 handsets now sold every hour
Sales of Samsung‘s Galaxy S phone series have passed the 100 million mark, the Korean electronics giant has revealed, establishing a new milestone. Figures just released on its Flickr page reveal how the phone has gone from strength to strength, with the Galaxy 3 model alone selling at an average rate of 190,000 units per day.
The best selling phones in the series, however, is the S2 with sales of 40 million, followed by the S3 and S5 which both notched up healthy sales of around 30 million. Continue reading
Rating: Plans to conquer USA, East Asia and emerging markets
Mobile advertising specialist, madvertise claims to be the fastest growing player in Europe having seen rapid growth of more than 130 per cent in 2012. To handle this growth and expand on its status – particularly in the USA, emerging markets, and East Asia, madvertise has appointed Christof Wittig as its new CEO. Wittig succeeds Carsten Frien, who joins the company’s advisory board whilst Vincent Pelillo and Stefan Benndorf continue in their current roles as COO and CFO, respectively. Continue reading
Rating: Inspired by Stonesoft’s Top ten tips
.We all know that significant numbers of handsets – especially smartphones, will be given as Xmas presents this year. However, consumers don’t naturally associate mobile phones with threats from hackers, viruses and malware. As Ash Patel, regional director with Stonesoft, says, “To a consumer, cybercrime may seem a distant threat that is mostly related to espionage between nation-states or hacking against big enterprises.” However, mobile devices are very easy to steal as we’ve reported before but they can contain seriously damaging personal data – such as credit card information and even login details for social networks. So Stonesoft has put together its own Top Ten tips on mobile security for Xmas time. Sound advice but not always entirely practical. Continue reading
Rating: Except it didn’t work too well, whoops
Our trusty Motorola RAZR i (XT890) – the version with an Intel chip inside, recently announced that there was a OS (Android) upgrade available. We took advantage of this event and then decided to see if we could work out what 81.5.39001 offered us that the previous version didn’t. BTW, it doesn’t take this RAZR to version 4.1 (jelly Bean). You’re own your own with regards to new facilities because we could find no fancy new services that the upgrade had provided. But – by mistake, we suddenly noticed that support for NFC (Near Field Communication) had been present all the time. Naturally,we rushed to try this new feature out. Sadly, we didn’t get very far. Continue reading
Rating: Built into forthcoming Drinksquare app
Payment technology is becoming increasingly important as developers struggle to monetise their mobile apps. Which is probably the reason why specialist mobile payments and ID verification company, Jumio, has been able to announce that some 20 new European and US based companies have signed up with it in this quarter (Q4 2012). It’s not just mobile web sites that can utilise Jumio’s technology, mobile apps can do so too. Continue reading
Rating: Naturally Tradedoubler report finds iPhones are prolific spenders
The landscape for mobile purchasing is complex according to a recent report from Tradedoubler entitled Mobile Devices & Behaviour. The company is urging brands to carefully target their offerings if they want to cover all the bases. An interesting finding, however, is that BlackBerry owners are more active purchasers than Android fans so they shouldn’t be left out of the equation. Significantly, Android users are more likely to surf for what they want rather than download an app. Hence the importance of having a mobile friendly version of your web site. Continue reading
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