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ZTE_Geek ZTE launches the ZTE GEEK with Intel Inside @ IDF 2013

First ZTE smartphone powered by Intel’s new 32nm Atom processor

Press release

April 10th 2013. ZTE www.ztedevices.com, a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, has debuted the ZTE GEEK, the first ZTE smartphone powered by Intel’s new 32nm Atom processor Z2580, at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing, China. Continue reading

the S4 is on the left Video of Galaxy S4 emerges from Phones 4u

Rating: UK distributor has criticisms as well as praise

Phones 4u contacted GoMo News Towers to say that it was working closely with market leading handset manufacturer, Samsung, ahead of the launch of the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone. We still can’t believe the Korean company has gone ahead with the S4 name because 4 is such an unlucky number in that country. It’s a bit like an iPhone 13 (if the US based company is lucky enough to get that far). Anyway, Samsung has granted UK mainstream distributor, Phones 4u, exclusive access to the handset and consequently the company has created video shown below. Continue reading

BlackBerry Z10 BlackBerry demands probe into ‘misleading claims’ over Z10 customer returns

Lack of apps and poor user interface cited for returns

Claims that some retailers are finding more customers are returning their BlackBerry Z10 phones than the outlets are actually selling has prompted demands by the manufacturer for an investigation into the research company involved. The troubled Canadian firm is to ask the Securities and Exchange Commission and Ontario Securities Commission to probe what it says is “a false and misleading report” about retail return rates. The report, by Boston-based Detwiler Fenton, initially sparked a fall in the value of BlackBerry shares, though at close on Nasdaq last night the price had recovered slightly to $13.64 – albeit still well below its January peak of $18.32. Continue reading

Click Apple losing its bite as Samsung and Nokia named most coveted handset brands in emerging markets

New report finds Mobile Network Operators will be ‘King Makers’ as leading handset manufacturers turn to emerging markets for next billion customers

Press release

March 15th 2013. With eyes set on how the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and new handsets from Nokia will impact Apple’s Western dominance, a new report points to mobile network operators as the new ‘king makers’ in emerging markets, as smartphone giants adapt their strategies and handset functionality to acquire their next billion customers from these regions. The 2013 Emerging Markets Mobile Attitudes Report from marketing technology company Upstream, which commissioned YouGov and Vanson Bourne to poll the views of a representative sample of 3,670 adults in Brazil, India, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia. Continue reading

nice if ringtone maker worked GoMo updates its Windows Phone 7.8 OS

Rating: Absolutely no idea what the benefits are

Here at GoMo Towers we just happened to pop a SIM card back into our Nokia Lumia 800 smartphone which we updated to Windows Phone 7.8 a while ago. This time we had the completely opposite experience to our earlier upgrade back in February [2013] see here ‘Nokia WP7.8 OTA upgrade notification fails.’ This time we had an OTA (Over-The-Air) notification that an upgrade was available if we plugged the handset into a computer (and used Zune). Continue reading

mini Fun & games over iPad mini trademark

Rating: In the UK we think a mini is a car

Well, there has been fun and games after the revelation that Apple’s preliminary attempts to trademark the term iPad Mini were turned down by US regulators. Initially, commentators were of the opinion that this would unleash a tide of tablet producers – obviously mainly based in Asia, introducing tablet devices with very similar names. Now they all seem to be backtracking and admit that Apple has simply failed to jump the first hurdle but could easily ready itself and try again. GoMo News is, however, is tickled by the thought that Apple might try to trademark the word mini in the UK. Continue reading

spreadtrum_logo Spreadtrum announces strategic partnership with Orange

Global operator teams with mobile platform provider across broad device portfolio to make high quality, feature-rich mobile handsets and smartphones more broadly affordable

Press release

March 27th 2013. Spreadtrum Communications (NASDAQ: SPRD; “Spreadtrum” or the “Company”), a leading fabless semiconductor provider in China with advanced technology in 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications standards, together with Orange, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators, today announced that Orange has established a strategic partnership with Spreadtrum to use its low-cost mobile platforms for the delivery of a broad portfolio of cost-effective, feature-rich mobile handsets and smartphones to consumers in Orange’s European and African markets. Continue reading

bye-bye adsmobi hello smaato for yared Second-click price models can defeat bots, says Adsmobi

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Last week we ran a small item about the Chameleon botnet scare here. Basically, the claim is that PCs that have been hijacked and turned into robots (bots) are generating up to nine billion ad views or impressions every month. The ease with which advertising networks can apparently be defrauded by through fraudulently driving up ‘fake’ ad impressions is exceedingly worrying. However, Adsmobi is maintaining that second-click price models can defeat ‘bots’. Continue reading

windowsphone_logo Windows Store apps pass magic 50,000 mark

Bunging developers $100 for every app made seems to be working

Microsoft’s initiative to pay developers $100 for every app they make for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 looks to be paying off, with 50,000 programs now available. The landmark number was passed at the weekend [March 2013], according to industry watcher MetroStore Scanner, which says that an average of 279 apps have been developed daily in March alone, reversing what had been a rapid decline. Continue reading

sign our petition - see below GoMo discovers more behind Nokia 73 difficulties

Rating: At least we manage OS upgrade

The scales have fallen from our eyes over the difficulties our readers are experiencing with Nokia N73 smartphone – especially those hailing from the Indian subcontinent. Being based over here in the UK, we hadn’t fully appreciated exactly where these N73 handsets were being sourced from. We now suspect that a great deal of the problems being experienced by users relate to the handsets being locked into one particular mobile network operator. Having acquired our own N73, we’ve made some interesting discoveries. We did manage the OS update, though. Continue reading

payforit 101: Payforit instant mobile payment system

Sponsored by txtNation

Begun back in 2006 by all five of the UK mobile network operators ((MNOs) – 3UK, O2; Orange: T-Mobile; and Vodafone, Payforit is an instant mobile payment system. All UK networks are supported, including virtual (MVNO) operators like Tesco, Lebara and Virgin. In fact, any UK mobile number (which starts with 07x) can use Payforit. This kind of service is sometimes described as a mobile micropayment service but is also known as ‘carrier billing’ in the USA. It was originally viewed purely as a mobile content payment mechanism (for ringtones, wallpapers, etc) but has subsequently evolved way beyond that. Continue reading

inches really do matter ZTE launches Grand Memo smartphone @ MWC 2013

Rating: If this ain’t intended as an iPhone killer …

GoMobile News attended its first major Press conference at MWC 2013 which was introduced by He Shiyou, head of mobile devices division with Chinese telecoms manufacturer – ZTE. The occasion was to mark the announcement of its Grand Memo smartphone. Significantly, it claims to be the first smartphone to boast a Qualcomm quad core Snapdragon 800 processor which is why ZTE managed to have Raj Talluri, a senior vp for product management with Qualcomm , in tow. Continue reading

GE_Global Industrial internet will blow M2M out of water

Rating: Carries two orders of magnitude more data

It’s not that often that you encountered game changing technology but that’s exactly what GoMobile News found when chatting to Bill Ruh, a corporate officer with GE Global Software. From certain perspectives, what GE is calling the ‘industrial internet’ is a direct rival to traditional M2M (Machine to Machine) offerings. Except that the industrial internet is way more powerful and far more intelligent than standard M2M based solutions. Perhaps the industrial internet could best be described as M2M on steroids. Fortunately, cellular connexions still have a role to play in an industrial internet scenario. Continue reading

use bluetooth like the i'm watch, luke GoMo stumbles across genuine smartwatches

Rating: They’re Italian and it is all in the patented Bluetooth tech

We’re not quite sure how we missed this before but here at GoMobile Towers we were impressed to learn of the existence of an Italian made smartwatch called the i’m Watch from imsmart. Don’t be fooled by the name – these watches aren’t mere iOS/iPhone accessories. They work with Android phones as well. Indeed, the watches designers have created their own version of the Android OS specifically for their products which they cheekily have name i’m Droid. What makes these watches unique is that the designers have managed to patent three Bluetooth based capabilities which have made the whole concept of a smartwatch a reality. Continue reading

cook - the boy's done good Apple lures app developers with bigger cash pot

Apple is continuing to increase how much it pays to developers as it battles for supremacy in the app market with Google’s Android.
At a conference in Sans Francisco, CEO Tim Cook revealed that a colossal $8 billion had been paid to developers in the last quarter, up $500 million on the $6.5 billion handed out this time in 2011. Continue reading