Category Archives: Featured
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
Apple’s iPhone 5 became the latest target in the ongoing patents spat with Samsung early today [2nd October 2012] when the Korean giant filed a US lawsuit claiming the new smartphone violated eight of its innovations.
Little detail was given in Samsung’s amended courtroom papers, though the manufacturer did later comment that it has “little option” if it was to protect its rights. Continue reading
Rating: No news on availability, though
Some good news for Brits anxious to get their hands on Motorola’s very latest RAZR variant – the ‘i’. (See our previous story here). The company has just put out details from five of its distribution partners: – Virgin Media, Tesco, T-Mobile, Orange and Phones 4 U. The update hints at how much you could expect to pay for this handset but still actually doesn’t confirm any release date. GoMobile News is still investigating the pre-release version which Motorola kindly loaned to us. We fully intend to pass on the bugs which we discover. Continue reading
Rating: Sony’s SDNA gives GoMo a sneak preview of its app
On our way to ad:tech London , GoMobile News stopped off to meet with Masato Kuninori, a senior application producer for the business strategy division of Sony Digital Network Applications (SDNA) who is acting as something of a software evangelist for his company’s range of mobile apps. Actually SDNA has been quite prolific over the last two years and has released ten apps for the Android platform plus two for iOS users. However, it was the unannounced app which Kuninori gave GoMobile News a sneak preview of the app that has the most bearing on the mobile advertising sector. Continue reading
by Ben Mendoza, CEO of MDSL
Having been in IT now for almost 20 years I can’t help but look up to the IBM brand. No matter what you think about the company which we all know as Big Blue, it has come up with some fantastic ideas, concepts, solutions and downright great technology. It is therefore with a mixture of worry and trepidation that I read recently about IBM’s problems implementing BYOD. Continue reading
Britain’s Vodafone could be bracing itself to pay more than £1 billion to the Indian government despite resisting legal action so far.
The world’s second-largest mobile-phone operator after China Mobile has been locked in a tax feud with India over its 2007 acquisition of Hutchison Whampoa’s operations there.
The row relates to how Vodafone avoided a huge tax bill by concluding its $10.7 billion transaction offshore, using the company’s Dutch subsidiary Vodafone International Holdings to buy a Cayman Islands firm controlled by Hong Kong-based Hutchison. Continue reading
by Miles Quitmann, md with Proxama
It’s telling that the absence of NFC on the new iPhone 5 hasn’t been much of a surprise to those of us who have observed Apple’s progress in this area. And Yes, it would have been great if Apple had included NFC; but is that really going to obstruct the march of NFC? We don’t think so. The vast investment in NFC mobile contactless payments and services is not going to wane. And with the NFC-enabled Android, Windows 8 and RIM handsets dominating the smartphone market are we going to see clear water emerge between them and the iPhone? NFC is going to progress at a pace without Apple. This could be Apple’s loss. Continue reading
Rating: Online store makes plethora of announcements
Amazon made so many announcements at yesterday’s [September 6th 2012] press conference, that observers are only just beginning to digest all of the implications. Giving you some idea of how much information was revealed by Amazon, GoMobile News estimates that the press release which we have reproduced here is somewhere in the region of eight times the normal length of a typical Press release. Although the company’s devices are tablets, for example, some of the technologies built into them are relevant to smartphones as well. The deal the company has sealed with US mobile phone operator for 4G is also significant for the entire cellular industry. Below are the views of two leading industry anlaysts: – Francisco Jeronimo with IDC and Andy Castonguay, Principal Analyst at Informa Telecoms. Continue reading
Rating: Samsung dominates and HTC fading fast
The UK price comparison service, uSwitch.com has been mining the data from its monthly Mobile Tracker report. Some of the findings are self evident – such as the Samsung’s Galaxy S III continuing to rank as the UK’s most popular handset based on live searches and sales. However, there are a few surprises. GoMobile News was particularly intrigued to see that BlackBerry Curve 9320 has experienced something of a renaissance with a ranking as the UK’s sixth most popular handset. Which shows just how wrong those observers intent on writing off RIM as a major player in the industry actually are. Continue reading
UK chip designer ARM’s domination of the smartphone market could be facing a major upset in the next few days when Google’s Motorola subsidiary unveils a new Android device expected to be powered by an Intel processor.
Invites are currently being sent out for the US launch of the device in two days’ time [5th September 2012] and in London in just over a fortnight. Continue reading
The unstoppable escalation of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has meant that it is no longer a case of whether businesses choose to embrace it, but when and how
by Rob Smith, director for market development with MDS
MDS’ recent 2012 Connecting with Business Customers research (see here) suggests that the proportion of businesses adopting BYOD practices is justifying the hype. Nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) of big businesses (those with 1,000 plus employees) have already implemented a policy for workers seeking to use their personal mobile devices for work activity, while – encouragingly for smaller businesses – slightly under half (49 per cent) of SMBs have put actions into place. Continue reading
Rating: What are the really most important extra features, then?
GoMobile News has only just stumbled upon the very latest updates to the Windows Phone 7.5 (W7 Mango) mobile OS for the Nokia Lumia range of smartphones. It’s curious. What we would regard as massive benefits have been played down whereas tiny breakthroughs get major billings. Here’s a good example. If you flip the handset’s face down then it will automatically end an incoming call. Um ,great stuff. This glosses over the fact that finally, after a lot of pressure from users and GoMobile News itself, Microsoft has finally provided Nokia with the ability to turn the handset into a local Wi-Fi hotspot so that other devices can share your 3G connexion. Continue reading
Rating: Names, names and Leads 360 is an offender
It’s not that often that you actually find a software house willing to name names, but it appears that Bitdefender – which supplies antivirus solutions for iOS, is brave enough. It claims that Leads 360 features a major security flaw. This is more than a tad worrying since Leads 360 has not only made its way onto the Apple iTunes App Store – it also boasts a pretty high rating of 4+ (out of 5). The study by Bitdefender not only reveals that a large number of iOS apps broadcast unencrypted data but some track an Apple device’s UDID, (Unique Device Identifier) too. This is despite Apple’s advice to developers that should switch to away from UDIDs and use less intrusive IDs in their apps. (See our previous story here). Continue reading
Denies it colluded in bid to protect phone sales
Troubled phone maker RIM has angrily denied claims that it has handed over its corporate email and messaging encryption keys to the Indian government. According to India’s Economic Times, which cites an unnamed telecom department insider and internal documents, the Canadian manufacturer finally caved into pressure from the government by providing a means of access. It says RIM recently demonstrated a solution developed by a firm called Verint that allows interception of messages and emails exchanged between BlackBerry handsets, making them readable to Indian security agencies. RIM’s encrypted BlackBerry services have long been prized by companies but the government has countered they could equally be used to organise civil uprisings or even allow militants to carry out attacks. Continue reading