Category Archives: India and Asia Pacific
Rating: Upstreams data mines its report for GoMo News
With a large percentage of GoMo News‘ readers being based in India, we asked marketing technology company Upstream to mine the data in its recent report - The 2013 Emerging Markets Mobile Attitudes Report, purely to reflect the Indian market. The results show that whilst Nokia has lost popularity in the West (it was never that popular in the USA), the same doesn’t apply to India. More Indians aspire to owning a Nokia than those who would prefer to have an Apple smartphone. Continue reading
New report finds Mobile Network Operators will be ‘King Makers’ as leading handset manufacturers turn to emerging markets for next billion customers
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
Bollywood’s massive and growing fan base now has a new way to discover, buy and share their favourite songs
April 3 rd 2013. Shazam, the world’s leading media engagement company, has announced an exclusive new partnership with Saavn, the world’s largest Indian music streaming service. The new partnership gives music fans a great new way to discover the latest tracks from their favourite South Asian artists in Bollywood and beyond, with popular genres such as bhangra, devotional, ghazals, Carnatic, Indipop, and more; and music in regional languages including Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Kannada, and Bhojpuri. Continue reading
by Asif Iqbal Shaik, a consumer electronics expert with MySmartPrice
All the big guns have entered the fray into emerging countries like India. Mobile giants like Samsung, Apple, Samsung, LG and Sony have got their space here and are actively engaging to inveigle the consumers. Nokia, the old monarch of this business, has launched a very effective economic phone in Asha Smartphones, which has admirable features considering its price. Samsung hasn’t missed the clue. While it targets the high-end segment with the Samsung Galaxy S4, the ‘have-nots’ should find the Samsung REX quite salivating. The big question is whether it will find success in markets like India? Continue reading
Rating: Notice that the N73 is NOT on this list
Here at GoMo Towers we are constantly being asked the same question – mainly from our loyal readers in India and Asia Pacific. It is … Can the Nokia N73 run the popular messaging application app – whatsapp? No it can’t. If it could, then N73 owners could contact millions of other whatsapp users around the world. The bad news is that the N73 NOT on the list of Nokia Series 6 handsets which support whatsapp. We’ve reprinted the list of Nokia handsets which CAN run whatsapp below. You might be wondering why the N73 isn’t included but the N78 is, for example? Continue reading
by Harsha Mistry, a blogger who sometimes works occasionally with Contus
There is one driving factor to make smartphones more essential in today’s world: – it is nothing other than the ‘app’ factor. Today, a large number of mobile application development companies and developers are putting in their efforts into coming up with better apps to fulfil users’ needs in best ways. There are a plenty of factors a developer needs to be concerned with prior to entering mobile application development. Continue reading
Rating: Chinese telecom regulator given Green light to MVNOs
In a new research note put out by Pyramid Research entitled, ‘Chinese regulator opens up to MVNOs‘, the market watcher predicts that the number of operators in China could triple from three to nine nine by June 2013. That’s because the Chinese telecom regulator, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has finished a month-long consultation,. Each of the three infrastructure-based mobile network operators (MNOs) — China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom — will make their services accessible to at least two MVNOs, resulting in the threefold increase. Better still, Pyramid appears to have identified at least two of the potential MVNOs. The numbers involved are mind-blowing. Continue reading
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
Rating: An interesting claim from one GoMo News reader
Given that it was provided by a GoMo News reader as a comment to one of our stories about in the UK, we decided to give this information a bit more prominence here. This particular GoMo News reader claims that between 40 and 50 per cent of companies based in South East Asia have started to invest in mobile apps. We’re not quite sure where he got those figures but suspect that it is linked to a company he recommends – KARYA Technologies. Continue reading
by Rupam Gogoi who works with FindYogi
Remember the Samsung ads which carried the ‘Next is what?’ as an advertisement ending monologue? Well, Samsung has moved in the direction that its ads promised it would move. Next is what wasn’t just a tagline or an ad slogan with Samsung, It has been the mantra of the direction in which its products have moved, most noticeably in the last five years. It was the trailer to what its products would soon be in the mobile industry and market. In the ensuing years of the next is what slogan, Samsung went on to launch its most popular products in the Samsung Galaxy S series and the Samsung Galaxy Note series. Continue reading
by Asif Iqbal, a blogger & consumer electronics expert with MySmartPrice
We’ve seen strong sales in niche categories getting a lot of attention from manufacturers. One such niche is the dual-SIM category. The relative ease with which a SIM card can be obtained combined with the low tariffs mean that a lot of users (especially in India) choose to use two numbers simultaneously. As such, the dual-SIM segment has also grown to cater to a wider audience in terms of choice.
First, the low cost Chinese brands were the first to go aggressive with the release of dual-SIM phones which had other features such as really loud speakers and touchscreens. Continue reading
Rating: One reader thinks he has the answer
Here @ GoMobile Towers we are constantly inundated with questions concerning how to update the OS [operating system software] in a Nokia N73. It appears that this little smartphone enjoys a thriving ecosystem in the India subcontinent and parts of Africa. That’s even though the model has long been discontinued and Nokia has stopped providing support for this handset. What we still don’t quite understand is exactly why so many people want to update the OS in this handset. Well, one reader seems to think it is because that a persistent bug keeps appearing and has provided his solution. We’ve also decided to publish the specifications for this handset. Continue reading
Will REX rule?
South Korean giant Samsung has unveiled scaled-down Java versions of its flagship Galaxy S3 handset, pitching the new REX range at emerging markets in a move that could undermine Nokia.
Last month Nokia reported a small profit for Q4 as phone sales increased from 2.9 million in the previous quarter to 4.4 million, suggesting [...]
Shares in Chinese telecom and mobile operator ZTE plunged 15 per cent in early trading today [15th October 2012] after it warned that Q3 losses would wipe out first half profits.
Only three weeks ago ZTE, the world’s fourth largest mobile phone company, revealed it was to step up production of smartphones to 35 million this year having sold 66.1 million mobile phones overall in 2011. Its meteoric rise has caused concern to other phone makers, particularly in the US where last week a US Congress report branded ZTE and its larger rival Huawei a national security threat and called for the government and telecom carriers to do more to block them from acquisitions and contracts there. Continue reading