Category Archives: India and Asia Pacific
Here our resident handset expert, Asif Iqbal Shaik, answers readers’ questions.
Asif works for the highly respected Indian mobile phone price comparison website –MySmartPrice.com.
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Prawin asks …
“Is the Xolo Black good and worthy for 13,000 rupees? Are the customer care and services of Xolo good?”
Asif Shaik replies …
Gfk predicts that ASPs will decline as well
According to the latest global smartphone sales data from GfK, almost six in ten (58 per cent) smartphones sold in Q2 2015 were 4G-enabled. With one major operator launching 4G services in India at the start of August , 4G is now available in all key countries. “India is expected to be the largest contributor of absolute smartphone unit growth globally this year , ” said Kevin Walsh, director of trends and forecasting with GfK comments. He added, “The main reason behind this is the currently low smartphone penetration in the market together with a significant intensification of the competition amongst the smartphone vendors, which will drive ASP [Average Sale Price] erosion allowing more affordable devices in the market.” Continue reading
Aussies were searching sea 3,000 miles from La Reunion
Here at GoMo Towers, we always have been ready to entertain any theories as to what actually happened to lost Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Now it seems that what looks very definitely part of a Boeing aircraft has washed up on the French held island of La Reunion in the Indian Ocean. Which is something like 3,000 miles away from where the Australians have been searching for the missing plane. However, the item of wreckage is reportedly covered in barnacles which is consistent with it being in the water for a significant period of time. Look at the maps of sea currents which other news stories have featured and it is easy to see that the aircraft part could easily have drifted from Diego Garcia – the island which is part of the British Indian Ocean territory. But used as an airbase by the USA. Why has the USA so consistently pooh-poohed [discredited] the reports that an aircraft was spotted flying low over the island and could have been the missing flight? Continue reading
Those awfully nice PR people have loaned us one
A string of co-incidences (some happy, some unhappy) has led to the GoMo News team being loaned a Motorola Moto G (Second Generation with 4G/LTE) by the company’s awfully nice PR people. We’re really keen to see if the processor power and speed of 4G with the latest Moto G will cure the problems we were having with running Motorola’s Assist (driving) software with our previous 1st generation Moto G (the XT1032 model). Incidentally, the latest model Moto G is an XT1072. What sparked our request for a new phone was an invitation to meet with Motorola at the end of this month [July 2015]. That usually means there will be a new handset launched -so stay tuned. As a result of swapping from old to new Moto G models, we’ve also gained some useful insights in to EE’s (the UK MNO/Mobile Network Operator’s] Clone Phone app. Continue reading
Maybe Bernstein hasn’t heard of the IoT, then?
Cambridge based microchip designer, ARM, has come in for a bit of stick recently. Apparently a respected market analyst, Bernstein, has decided that the bottom has dropped out of smartphones. So this news affected both ARM and iconic device maker – Apple. This is intriguing because we can bet our bottom dollar that Bernstein never realised that ARM was founded as a result of co-operation between Acorn (the UK home computer maker) and Apple. Anyway, the good news is that there are plenty of positive signs for ARM. For starters, Xiaomi – the Chinese smartphone manufacturer enjoying major success in India, is a good ARM customer. And recently, Hong King based FIH Mobile (which makes the Xiaomi smartphones) forecast that its own profit will more than double. In the meantime, ARM has show that it knows the way things are going in the mobile world and is behind wearable technology as well as the IoT [Internet of Things] which we all used to known as M2M [Machine-to-Machine] technology. Continue reading
May 20th 2015. The last twelve months show significant growth in the programmatic marketplace thanks to broader adoption of programmatic buying on all channels around the globe, according to the new Advertising Intelligence Report from Turn, the digital hub for marketers. As brands and agencies embrace programmatic, the landscape for mobile and video has seen increased spending and growing competition as EMEA and APAC markets continue to mature towards stable levels of high competition. The report shows data-driven marketing trends worldwide from April 2014 through March 2015, compared with the same period last year – April 2013 through March 2014. Continue reading
There could be vital evidence buried in your call records
Once again here at GoMo Towers we have been contacted by some-one with a keen interest in all of the conspiracy theories surrounding the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. This time it is the turn of an avid flyer and blogger – Barrie Taylor who lives in South Africa. Barrie left GoMo News a comment about our story concerning the alleged pressure group – Voice 370 (see here). Now Mr Taylor’s arguments make a great deal of sense to us but he also argues that there isn’t any actual evidence concerning where the plane might have crashed. We think the opposite. Call records held by mobile phone operators could help pinpoint the final flight path of this tragic airliner. If only friends or relatives of the passengers/crew would contact us. Continue reading
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The GSM MNO which covers Diego Garcia that is
Here at GoMo Towers when we were browsing the Daily Telegraph web site recently, we spotted an article written one year after the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Entitled ‘MH370 one year on: everything you need to know‘, naturally it was a roundup of the most popular conspiracy theories. Reading through them we were struck by how convincing the theory that the plane was flown to Diego Garcia actually is. We’ve always said that the records kept by cellular operators could how the key to where the plane travelled after it made a u-turn. However, we’d never thought to mention Sure – the GSM mobile network operator [MNO] which runs a service that covers Diego Garcia. If the mobile phones of passengers and crew really were ringing days after the aircraft’s disappearance, the Sure network could well have been providing the connexion. Continue reading
More pointers that mobile phone calls could hold the key
We are fast approaching the first anniversary [March 8th 2014] of the disappearance of Malaysian flight MH370. It seems that a new theory is beginning to take hold which is completely contrary to the view advocated by GoMo News in – ‘Missing flight MH370 mobile phone records need to be checked.’ As reader Yuval has put it – “The phone calls issue holds the truth.” However, Yuval believes the opposite to us – namely that there was no cellular activity amongst the crew/passengers after entering Gate C1. He argues that the two Iranian passengers “were hard at work on their devices’ keypads as controling something. Maybe disturbing communications.” In complete contrast, we think that efforts were made to make calls from the stricken flight. Continue reading
Launches handsets aimed directly at Indian market, though
Fir the first time since 2011, Samsung Electronics has announced an annual profit decline. And the clear culprit was Samsung’s handset division which could even be overtaken by its semiconductor division. In an admission that the Korean World Number One handset maker knows where the key battleground is, the company launched a number of handsets – including the A3 and A5, last week specifically aimed at India. Those are mid-range and entry phones whereas Samsung’s next flagship smartphone – obviously to be called the Galaxy S6, should make an appearance within the next few months? probably at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona we would guess. Continue reading
Even more conspiracy theories about Flight MH370
Another aircraft tragedy has recently struck in Asia with the loss of AirAsia’s Flight QZ8501 off Borneo. However, the fact that the authorities have swiftly recovered both debris and bodies from this ill-fated aircraft throws further suspicions on the fate of Malaysian Airlines MH370. If debris can be found so quickly for QZ8501, why has none ever been recovered for MH370? The obvious answer is that the search for the missing MH370 aircraft has always been in the wrong place. And GoMo News feels that locations such as Vietnam’s coast or Diego Garcia in the Maldives hold more credibility. Continue reading
Makes rivals such as Lenovo look like minnows
Here in GoMo Towers we have been quietly following the fortunes of Chinese smartphone maker, Xiaomi. Especially in the Indian market. But we weren’t quite ready for its tremendous success in the financial markets. The company has just raised $45 billion in VC money. To put that in perspective, massive disruptive app producer, Uber, which is even based in San Francisco but only managed $40 billion by comparison. Arch rival to Xiaomi is the familiar name of Lenovo. Continue reading