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India and Asia Pacific

brings together carriers & manufacturers - tan MNOs need to face up to the 5G disruption

Going to a Taiwanese summit on 5G is one solution

The sheer breath of mobile technologies and myriad of new approaches to its use has expanded greatly now that 4G LTE has been deployed. hence, mobile network operators [MNOs] need to stay on top of how to deploy these innovations in order to roll out new businesses and services to meet new customer demand. With the advent of 5G, MNOs, research institutes and manufacturers have to keep themselves abreast of advances in this area in order to benefit from the next disruptive technology. GoMo News knows one solution to this dilemma – attend the ‘Towards 5G: LTE Plus – Internet of Everything Global Summit 2014‘ taking place in Taipei, Taiwan from 12th – 13th November 2014. Continue reading

image courtesy of merlindown Missing MH370 aircraft disappeared off Vietnam

Satellite image specialist Merlindown finally contacts GoMo News with its theory

It appears that a British based satellite image specialist firm, Merlindown Science, concluded back in May [2014] that the missing Malaysian Airlines aircraft, flight MH370, actually disappeared off the coast of Vietnam. The company has only just now contacted GoMo News with its theory. Merlindown’s theory helps to explain why some of those onboard nearly managed to make cellular calls from the stricken Boeing 777-222 airliner. Before finally breaking up mid-air off the coast of Vietnam, the aircraft seems to have circled back close to Malaysia. [See accompanying map]. What GoMo News particularly likes about this events is that it cites a massive cover-up by Malaysian authorities. Continue reading

Ask Asif: Google & Samsung plus Xolo

Our Agony Uncle, MySmartprice.com‘s Asif Shaik answers readers’ handset questions

[caption id="attachment_42141" align="alignleft" width="142" caption="- Asif  Iqbal Shaik"]Asif Shaik[/caption]

Sandeep Bansal asks …
Sir, Is it right that Samsung’s contract with Google will expire by March 2015 and so Samsung’s phones will not get an update?

Asif Shaik replies …
Dear Sandeep,
It is simply not true. Samsung will continue to make Android based devices. Samsung will most definitely update many of its current devices like the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, and other devices to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Continue reading

people go straight to mobile - kordestani Google looking strong in emerging markets

Android One is particularly key for India

When Google announced its Q3 earnings recently, the results disappointed most industry analysts. Google’s worse than expected performance has been blamed on a slow down in paid click-through revenue. However, one of the areas that Google is looking strong is their mobile strategy in emerging markets. As Google chief business officer, Omid Kordestani, commented, “Emerging markets are fundamentally different from developed. In countries like Indonesia [currently BlackBerry's stronghold - Ed.], people go straight to mobile. That’s why you see us launch things like Android One.” Here Marco Veremis, Upstream’s CEO, comments on the earnings what Google is doing right in their approach to emerging markets – especially in India. Continue reading

Amazon introduces Kindle with free 3G

Should be OK as long as no-one hacks it for tethering

Amongst all of the hype surrounding the launch of new mobile devices today [September 19th 2014] from Amazon comes one model which is bundled with free 3G. That’s right. Free 3G. The device in question is the Kindle Voyager. Now it is going to take some time for us to trawl through the small print on this offer but in the meantime Amazon is promising free cellular coverage in over 100 countries and territories. It’s a great idea as long as hackers don’t find of way of enabling other devices to share the free 3G link. Continue reading

Firefox barking up right tree with Intex Cloud FX

Should prove ideal upgrade for Indian featurephone users says Upstream

Mozilla and Intex have just launched the first Firefox OS phone in India. It’s called the Intex Cloud FX and costing just 1,999 Rs (£19.90). The device is aimed at emerging markets consumers who are looking to upgrade from a featurephone to their first smartphone. The Cloud F”s low price should prove very attractive to this target audience. Upstream recently undertook research into consumer attitudes in emerging markets earlier in 2014 with Ovum that shows Mozilla is barking up the right tree. Continue reading

once upon a time there was a skype client for bb7 Microsoft could well release Skype for BlackBerry Playbook

Stranger things have happened in the mobile marketplace

Here at GoMo Towers we’ve been mulling over the various unholy [unlikely] alliances that have sprung up in the mobile space of late. One of these is the link between BlackBerry and Microsoft. Formerly arch rivals, BlackBerry finally did Microsoft a favour this month [August 2014] by releasing a client for its instant messaging [IM] service – BBM, which works under Windows Phone 8 [WP8]. That event was some six months after GoMo News had predicted it would happen here. Now Skype (which is owned by Microsoft) already offers a software client which will run on BB10 devices. But GoMo News feels that it might also produce a version for legacy BlackBerry devices which would, of course, include BlackBerry’s original tablet – the PlayBook. Continue reading

big supporter of startup ecosystem - ortiz Deadline extended for Tech Trailblazers awards

Coz there’s new Fintech & IoT categories – both key mobile areas

Things have suddenly got pretty hectic for those running the highly successful Tech Trailblazers awards. The guys have just announced a new category for the awards: – namely, the FinTech Trailblazers. The new category will reward the best of breed FinTech startups who are blazing trails in the financial/technical services sector. There was already a new category for 2014 which is the Internet of Things [IoT] which we still call M2M. These two categories join the existing actegories: – Cloud, Infosecurity, Big Data, and Storage. Crucially, there is a new deadline … Startups have until September 19th [2014] to complete their entries. And there’s a reader offer. Continue reading

same specs for half of the price - tziokas Samsung feels the heat from local producers

China’s Xiaomi and India’s Karbonnare the beneficiaries

It appears from the latest revenue figures from Samsung that the handset giant is coming under great price pressure from local phone manufacturers. It is interesting to see that Samsung is struggling in key emerging markets such as India and China due to local competitors plus a lack of relevance for Chinese consumers who want more high-end devices. Samsung seems to be losing out to China’s Xiaomi and India’s Karbonnare. By contrast, when Apple recently shared its results these included growth in China, which accounted significantly for its increase in earnings. Continue reading

juniper-logo Smartphone sales surging ahead says Juniper

Apple & Samsung decline vs Huawei, LG & Lenovo rise

According to Juniper Research Whilst global smartphone shipments exceeded 290 million units in Q2 2014, Samsung and Apple both lost market share. The chief beneficiaries were Huawei, LG and Lenovo. Significantly, Juniper anticipates that emerging nations in Far East & China, Indian Subcontinent, Latin America and Africa & Middle East will account for over 50 per cent of the global smartphones shipped in 2014. The 290m million represented 26 per cent y-o-y [year-on-year] growth and 2 per cent q-o-q [quarter-on-quarter] growth. Continue reading

Aeromobile_inflight Thales predicts wi-fi on planes will be universal

Not sure how French defence giant will benefit

Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO of the French defence giant, Thales, is predicting that Wi-fi will soon be fitted by most commercial airlines. He to the UK’s Sunday Telegraph, said that recent advances in the technology will mean that within a couple of years broadband services would be available for all passengers on short and long-haul flights “for the price of just a few pounds [£s] per flight.” Apparently, this change the face of civilian air travel. Does he mean that satellite broadband is coming down in price? Or that the dishes can track satellites more accurately. Why not use cellular instead or as well? Continue reading

expanding in asia pacific - gastaut Vodafone & Bmobile announce partner market agreement In Papua New Guinea & the Solomon Islands

Press release

July 10th 2014. Vodafone and Bemobile Limited (trading as ‘bmobile’) have jointly announced the formation of a new partner market agreement in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.Under the non-equity partnership agreement, bmobile becomes Vodafone’s exclusive partner in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands and the two companies will jointly offer business and consumer customers a range of products and services. bmobile will benefit from access to Vodafone best practice and products and services which will enable it to enhance its proposition to customers in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Continue reading

that's definitely a street map of Jakarta Upstream says Nokia is aiming X2 @ India

We say Nokia is competing vs Blackberry over Indonesia

Even though the original Nokia X is barely six months old, last week [June 24th 2014] the handset division of Microsoft launched the Nokia X2. It’s running what most observers refer to as a ‘forked’ version of Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) but this time it has a more Nokia/Microsoft style UI. It’s also avoiding Google’s Play app store as far as technically possible. If users aren’t content with the Nokia Store, then the handset vendor recommends other stores such as 1Mobile Market, Aptoide, SlideME, Mobango and Yandex. Now Vasileios Tziokas, marketing manager with Upstream reckons that Nokia is definitely targeting India with this device. Given that it should be priced sub INR 8,000 (€99) that seems a fair assumption. However, GoMo News thinks it has spotted a deliberate attempt to competing in Blackberry’s favourite market – Indonesia. Continue reading

that's definitely a street map of Jakarta Absolutely all Nokia X2 handset technical specs

Here’s the full Nokia X2 Dual SIM Technical specs

Dual SIM: Dual Standby SIM, Micro SIM
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 1.2 GHz dual-core
User Interface (UI): Nokia X Software Platform 2.0
Mobile OS: Nokia X (forked Android 4.3 Jelly Bean)
Display: 4.3” WVGA LCD (217 ppi) ClearBlack TrueColor (24-bit/16M)Aspect ratio: 16:9 screen Pixel density: 217ppi
Memory:1GB RAM plus 4GB eMMC removeable with support for 32GB SD card
Networks: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 WCDMA 900/2100 HSPA+ 21mbps/5.76mbps
Data Network speeds: WCDMA network: 900 MHz, 2100 MHz WCDMA max data speed DL: HSDPA – 21.1 Mbps WCDMA max data speed UL: HSUPA – 5.76 Mbps GSM network: 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz GSM max data speed DL: EGPRS 296.0 kbps GSM max data speed UL: EGPRS 236.8 kbps
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi security modes: EAP-TTLS/MSCHAPv2, WPA, WEP, PEAP-MSCHAPv2, WPA2 (AES/TKIP), WPA2-Enterprise, WPA2-Personal, EAP-TLS, WPA-Enterprise, WPA-Personal
Wi-Fi hotspot: Up to 8 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
USB: micro USB 2.0 port,
Bluetooth: 4.0 Bluetooth profiles – Headset profile (HSP) 1.2, Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) 1.0, Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) 1.2, General Audio/Video Distribution Profile (GAVDP) 1.2, File Transfer Profile (FTP), Personal Area Network Profile (PAN) 1.0, Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.3, Hands-free profile (HFP) 1.6, Human Interface Device Profile (HID), Object Push profile (OPP) 1.1
GPS: GPS/AGPS/GLONASS HERE Maps Navigation features: Free maps, Offline maps
Location technologies: Glonass, Cellular and Wi-Fi network positioning, A-GPS Continue reading

could kranti shirseth's cellular records hold a clue? Malaysia only made 2 attempts to contact flight MH370

We still think that cellular records might hold the key

A report released by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) concerning the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 only serves to raise more questions than it answers. However, one of its most important revelations is that after their final contact at 1.22am on March 8th [2014], Malaysian ground staff made only two attempts to reach the missing aircraft by calling the plane’s satellite phone. The second call was made at 7.13am Malaysian time, after the flight was supposed to have landed. A Quantas pilot, Captain Richard Woodward told news.com.au [Australia] that,”Five hours is a long time (not to call) if you’re trying to search for the airplane.” GoMo News still thinks that cellular phone records might hold some clues. Continue reading