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mobile-airline-flight-airline-travel China Mobile able to throw light on missing MH370 – maybe

Did any passenger’s mobile roam onto a ‘foreign’ network?

GoMo News has deepest sympathy with the families of those passengers and crew members who have disappeared with Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. We know that at least 19 families were convinced that mobile handsets belonging their loved ones were still switched on four days after the flight first disappeared. These relatives have also been seen to vent their anger with the Malaysian authorities over lack of clear information about the tragedy. However, it could well be that China Mobile might be able to help the relatives out. Continue reading

lumia 1520 costs $700 Microsoft trying to catch up on Dual SIM market with Windows Phone 8.1

Lava & Karbonn to launch dual-boot Windows/Android phones

by our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik

According to latest (Q4 2013) IDC numbers, Android had a majority 78.1 per cent share of smartphone shipments worldwide, while iOS stood still on 15.2 per cent whilst Windows Phone stood at a distant 3 per cent. Hence Microsoft is doing everything possible to push its market share towards double digit numbers and eat into its more successful competitors namely iOS and Android. In its latest attempt, the company is trying to target the lower end of the smartphone market, especially in the developing BRIC nations – Brazil, Russia, India, and China. Continue reading

Nokia-X-Dual-SIM Newsflash: Nokia X Dual SIM on sale in India

Get yourself a Nokia phone that runs Android apps

By chance, GoMo News spotted that the Nokia X has already gone on sale in India. The recommended price is INR 8,599. Which is around £75 or $120. You can see full details of the handset on the Nokia India web site here. Note – this is a Dual SIM handset. See our previous story ‘MWC: 2014 is the year of dual SIM support‘. There are also rumours that the handset is on sale in Kenya. We believe the X (not the X+ or XL) might have gone on sale as early as March 10th [2024]. At MWC Barcelona, Nokia implied it was available on the day of the launch – but that didn’t happen. Continue reading

consider a xolo a600 Ask Asif: Nokia vs Xolo vs Micromax

MySmartprice.com’s Asif Shaik answers readers handset questions

There’s plenty of handset reviews and advice available for devices supplied by the famous international brands. By contrast, there’s very little written about handsets which come from home grown brands in both China and India. So GoMo News has asked our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik, to rectify the situation. This week, for example, he deals with questions about Nokia’s forthcoming Android handset – the X versus a handset from Xolo or Micromax. Continue reading

switch to BB10 indonesian style Preparing to move personal data when the BlackBerry Z3 is available

Hardware clinic: PC-less upgrade via Device Switch is possible

When BlackBerry announced that the Z3 would be the first handset made for the Canadian company in China by Foxconn, it was also extremely obvious that the smartphone was designed with BlackBerry’s enthusiastic followers in the Indonesian market in mind. There have also been strong hints that the Z3 will be definitely competitively priced to appeal to the widest audience possible. Which all means that there will be large numbers of Indonesian BlackBerry fanbois who will be upgrading their handsets. Continue reading

mobile_voip Cheap voice calls specialist introduces an app for Nokia Asha phones

Symbian is dead so long live Nokia’s Series 40

With the news that WhatsApp is considering offering its users free calls and the fact that arch rival LINE already offers such free calls, it’s easy to forget that in the majority of cases, consumers still have to pay for ‘cheap’ international calls. The technology which makes these calls possible is, of course, VoIP [Voice over IP]. Although Skype has its own flavour of the technology, VoIP is what it utilises to provide cheap callers for its subscribers, for example. However, Skype doesn’t suit everyone and it certainly does cover all mobile platforms. Which is where cheap phone call software specialist – Mobile VOIP comes in. And guess what – Mobile VOIP has just announced that it now has a VoIP client for Nokia’s S40 Asha (Series 40) range of handsets. Continue reading

mistake to push the touch only Z3 MWC: BlackBerry’s Jakarta announced as the Z3

No news as to whether it is dual SIM yet

The handset codenamed Jakarta has emerged at MWC 2014 as the BlackBerry Z3 smartphone. As was obvious from the codename, BlackBerry has now openly stated that the Z3 has been designed with Indonesian customers in mind. Which means it will be affordable for customers in Indonesia as well as being customised with local apps and content. The Z3 is also the first smartphone to emerge from BlackBerry’s strategic partnership with Foxconn. GoMo News was surprised that the Jakarta is part of the all-touch Z range, though. Continue reading

icrosoft has to build synergy -fogg MWC: 2014 is the year of dual SIM support

Microsoft adds dual SIM support to WP8

A day a head of the official opening of the MWC, it seems that the Redmond software giant – Microsoft, has decided to acknowledge a blazing hole in its mobile OS – lack of dual SIM support. This is a crucial requirement for developing and emerging markets particular India and Africa. In addition, the move to dual SIM support for Windows Phone (WP8) was in conjunction with its new emerging market partners partners. The list includes:- Foxconn, Gionee, JSR, Karbonn, Lava, LG, Longcheer, Micromax and ZTE. As GoMo News readers are well aware – Karbonn and Micromax are key smartphone makers in India. Nokia has, of course, just released the dual SIM X model, too. Continue reading

mobile_pay_juniper Annual purchases via mobile will be 50bn + transactions says Juniper

Direct Operator Billing (DOB) will boost frequency & value

The annual number of purchases made on mobile handsets and tablets is expected to reach 53 billion by 2016, according to a new report from Juniper Research. That’s almost double the 27 billion made last year. Significantly, the majority of these purchases (around 80 per cent) would be accounted for by digital content and mobile ticketing solutions. Transaction volumes would receive a significant uplift as an increasing number of OTT [Over The Top] storefronts introduced direct carrier billing solutions to supplement credit/debit card payment facilities. Continue reading

Voda_india Vodafone pushes deeper into India, but decries the costs

Government shafting mobile operators, it suggests

Vodafone has underlined its commitment to emerging markets, with news that it has spent £1.9 billion in India to enhance mobile services there – but has moaned strongly at the cost. Last night [13th February 2014] the UK operator claimed that the price paid for India’s new telecoms licences would leave companies saddled with debts for years and harm consumers, after the government celebrated raising 610 billion rupees, more than treble initial forecasts. Continue reading

kapoor - most prominent female indie 100 indie game developers participate in the Indie Prize awards

Winners announced at Casual Connect Europe 2014

The Casual Games Association (which hosts to the Casual Connect Europe show and exhibition) has announced the winners of Casual Connect Europe showcase’s Indie Prize Awards. The games were judged by Nick Berry, Facebook; Arseny Lebedev, Signus Labs; Oscar Clark, Applifier; Ilja Goossens, Chartboost; Colin Behr, Vungle; George Bain, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe; Shailesh Prabhu, Yellow Monkey Studios; Massimo Caporale, Marmalade; and Philipp Rogmann, Gameradar. Plus a number of selected journalists but none from GoMo News. Yulia Vakhrusheva, director of Indie Prize, commented, “Indie Showcase served well to the participating developers in terms of growing their businesses and learning about the hottest trends in the industry.” Continue reading

Ronan_Cremin Guest Post: Mitigating the device explosion via data

by Ronan Cremin, CTO with dotMobi

2013 certainly didn’t disappoint in relation to mobile device news. Early in 2013 we saw the launch of Samsung’s latest and much coveted device – the Galaxy S4. Apple launched two new versions of its iPhone. Google also made a major stir with Google Glass and Samsung also jumped on the ‘wearables’ bandwagon, with the release of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch. It seems the scramble to reach consumers globally with a range of devices to suit every conceivable need has meant the sheer number of devices entering the marketplace has risen exponentially. Here I’ll discuss the global proliferation of Internet enabled devices and the key considerations businesses need to account for in the changing device landscape. Continue reading

http://www.techsciresearch.com/2293 Indians are buying more & more low cost tablets for calling

by our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik

The tablet PC market in India has enjoyed significant growth in 2013. It is expected that six million tablet units will have been shipped in 2013. According to TechSci Research, the tablet market in India generated around $2 billion revenue in 2013. Although Apple may be the King in worldwide tablet sales and revenue, the growth of tablets in India seems to be extremely favouring Android, mainly due to availability of low cost devices. Continue reading

simon_pomeroy Guest Post: Consumer banking is now embracing mobile

by Simon Pomeroy, head of digital for Westpac

Banking is often seen as an industry that is slow to change, but the pace has picked up dramatically with mobile. In a recent survey that Westpac was involved in , 71 per cent of people said they wanted to be able to do everything on a mobile device that they can do on their PC. Here I will try to explain why Westpac is adopting a mobile first strategy and has now come to the UK to source innovation differently. Continue reading

- Neidhoefer Netbiscuits report confirms that size does matter

Er, screen size that is

In its latest Web Trends report, Netbiscuits has confirmed that screen size really does matter. Rather than basing itself on estimated device sales numbers – as IDC does, the company works from real data on mobile web usage. The report concludes that the average screen size within the Top Ten devices has increased from 3.9 to 4.2 inches. Which gives credence to a recent Wall Street Journal report suggesting that Apple is intending to release 4.5 and 5 inch variant of the iPhone. It may also be why Apple is doing badly in Asia proper. Continue reading