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BlackBerry_Q5 BlackBerry waking up to its Qwerty USP at last

Actually puts the keypad sporting Q5 ahead of the Z10

As BlackBerry might have sung in ‘Money for Nothing’ – “We’ve got to move these colour BBs”. At least the Canadian smartphone maker appears to be waking up to the fact that its USP (Unique Selling Point) is the Qwerty keypads it offers on specific models. So GoMo News was heartened to see that when BlackBerry contacted us directly with its ‘Look ahead to your next BlackBerry’ over the festive season promotion, at least prominence was given to the keypad enabled Q5. The Z10 was lurking in the background. When surfers click through on the ‘Shop now’ they are taken to the company’s online shop. Which model gets prominence though? You’ve guessed it – the Z10. Continue reading Consumers being driven crazy by Samsung’s product release cycle

37 smartphones during 2013 with 15 different screen sizes
>by our Indian correspondent,  Asif Shaik

As of 2013, globally Samsung still has the largest market share for smartphones (31.4 per cent), according to IDC . The Korean manufacturer also stands behind Apple as the second largest tablet PC vendor (20.4 per cent), IDC says. A major part of Samsung’s success can be put down to Android; marketing; and its secret motto to have a smartphone/tablet offering at every price point and at every common screen size. However, Samsung’s product releases are now getting out of control – gone are the days when spending more on a smartphone translated to a meaningful upgrades in terms of overall hardware and/or software. Continue reading

Influx of local smartphones is troubling Big Brands in emerging markets

Spice mobile brands curry favour with Indian consumers
by our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik

Since the inception of Android, we have seen dozens of new smartphone brands emerge. Some of the most popular new brands are Xiaomi in China, Micromax in India, Smartfren in Indonesia, Ninetology in Malaysia and Tecno Mobiles in African countries. Combined, all these local brands, are providing tough competition to established international players like Samsung and Apple – especially in emerging markets. Neglecting the importance of dual SIM smartphones has cost international brands a huge chunks of their emerging markets share. In India we’ve also seen the dominance of the ‘spice mobile’ phone makers. Continue reading

- dyson Three (3UK) brings Feel At Home to USA

USA one of four new fear-free roaming destinations for Three customers

Press release

November 4th 2013. Three (3UK) is extending its Feel At Home proposition to the USA, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Macau. Feel At Home allows customers to use their UK allowances to use data, text, call home and receive calls from home when abroad in certain countries. Feel At Home now operates in 11 destinations around the world. Commenting on Feel at Home, Dave Dyson, CEO with Three, said, We want customers to get the most out of their devices at home or abroad. High roaming charges stop people enjoying their phones while they’re away and Feel At Home is the antidote to that.” Continue reading

iPhone_5c Contract based plans might solidify iPhone sales in India

Announces a major deal with Reliance Telecom

With the increasing penetration of the Internet in India, consumers are sticking close to current technology – especially the younger generation. This has led to increasing interest amongst consumers in high-end smartphones like Apple iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S4. Hot on the heels of this opportunity, Apple intends to further increase the sales of its iPhones in India, which is expected to become the world’s biggest consumer electronics market in the next decade. As we earlier reported, Apple is already paying real attention towards Indian and Chinese markets for further growth in its iPhone sales. Now it has done its first ever deal with an Indian MNO [Mobile Network operator]. Continue reading

SyQic_feature Internet TV specialist SyQic seeks £14.4m cap through London float

Joins growing list of tech firms using London’s Aim

Mobile video content deliverer SyQic is to float on London’s junior Aim market next month, underlining its growing popularity as a vehicle to raise money among small tech entrepreneurs. Based in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, but with operations in the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia, SyQic hopes to raise around £14.4 million on its admission. It provides partner firms with software to drive OTT Internet protocol TV and video platforms. Last year it reported profit of £625,000 on revenue of £3.9 million. Continue reading

mms can co-exist with OTT - amedume SMS revenues may be in decline but not in Latam

So says Acision’s Koby Amedume

A recent report from Informa has suggested that SMS is in decline. Global annual revenues are expected to fall by $23 billion by 2018. The research points to the continuing adoption and use of over-the-top (OTT) messaging applications line WhatsApp in both developed and emerging markets (such as India) as the main cause. However, Acisison’s views this as an opportunity for mobile operators to offer a richer form of messaging which combines SMS and OTT services. at the opportunity for mobile operators to offer a richer form of messaging which combines SMS and OTT services. The company recently released its Monitor of Mobile Value Added Services (MAVAM) reports SMS usage continues to increase and be a major contributor to operator revenues in Latin American markets such as Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. Continue reading

eye-watering data bill - Doku Motorola tilts at premium brand smartphones with Moto G

Quad-core smartphone that will shake up mid-range

In terms of industry reaction to the Moto G from Motorola Mobility, Ernest Doku, telecoms expert at, has described it as bringing, “The latest and greatest of Android to bear on a device which is equal parts appealing and affordable.” Essentially, it’s an Android 4.3 (jelly Bean) handset with a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor and a 4.5-inch HD seceen (with with scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass). But it’s the price which is central to the Moto G. It starts from £134.95/$216 (including taxes) for the 8Gb version. “All at a price point which is sure to shake up the mid-range market,” says Doku. What’s missing? Support for NFC and (less surprising given the cost) no 4G capability. Continue reading

battery probs with moto g after update Moto G from Motorola Mobility

Technical Specifications: -

Announced with UK availability on November 13th [2014], the Moto G is basically an Android Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) with an upgrade to 4.4 (KitKat) in January 2014. It will be available in the USA, India, the Middle East andparts of Asia in early January [2014]. It has a 1.2GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor and a 4.5 inch screen with scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass. The camera is five megapixels. The price tag is claimed to be competitive starting at £134.95 ($216) inc VAT. There’s no NFC or 4G support. It should be in over 30 countries with 60 different partners by 2014. Continue reading

Jassi_Singh Guest Post: Preventing cyber bullying using iPhone tracking software

by Jassi Singh, a tech author who works with mSpy France

If you are blaming mobile phones along with computers for cyber bullying, then you are probably barking up the wrong tree. You can’t blame technology for the bad deeds of people because technology has both positive and negative sides. It all depends upon you how you use it. Social media sites are not only for bad purposes – such as wasting time. In fact, you can use these sites for connecting with friends and families and for entertainment purposes. But it’s also a reality that people use these resources for hurting other people. Continue reading

51degrees_920_521 Nokia enjoys a sales revival in North America with Lumias

High end and low end models seem to be equally popular says

It seems Nokia’s fortunes in the handset sector are improving somewhat, despite Elop’s best efforts. The company has reported that smartphone sales in North America have increased by nearly 400 percent. That’s up to 1.4 million units from a mere 0.3 million units in the same quarter last year [2012]. Overall, global sales for Lumias were up by almost one fifth, reaching 8.8 million units in the space of just three months. Against this background, our old friends at have decided to look at which is the most popular Nokia Lumia handset for surfing. It is the high-end Lumia 920 or the low-end Lumia 521. The results were somewhat surprising. Even in markets such as the USA and the UK where you might expect the high end to dominate, Nokia fans appear to be browsing the web almost equally with both devices. Continue reading

Daniel Weisbeck Top 10 devices have less than half global mobile web traffic

Nokia still dominates the Middle East says Netbiscuits

Building websites just for the Top Ten leading mobile devices is no longer an acceptable approach to a mobile web strategy, according to Netbiscuits. This recommendation is based on the findings of the latest Netbiscuits Web Trends report for Q3 2013. This reveals mobile web usage patterns based on more than three billion hits on the Netbiscuits platform. The Top Ten devices- including iPhone, Samsung and BlackBerry devices, only accounted for 47 per cent of total traffic on the Netbiscuits cloud platform. The report also shows that there are massive variations via region. For example, Nokia dominated in the Middle East with over a third (36 per cent) global traffic share. Continue reading

HTC One The future of HTC looking bleak

Rumoured  to be building smartphone line for Amazon

Financially, HTC is in dire straits as the once-mighty manufacturer is fighting to stay relevant in a market in which Samsung has become the runaway leader, writes our Indian correspondent – Asif Shaik. HTC, on the other hand, is having a disastrous year even after launching the HTC One, which critics agree to be the best smartphone of the year, thanks to excellent all-round performance and design. Samsung still managed to sell over 40 million units of Galaxy S4 due to better marketing, supply-chain and pricing strategy while HTC was still stuck with manufacturing and assembly issues. Continue reading

startmeApp_latam Mobile ad network StartMeApp grows across Americas

Latin America’s finest also shows impressive rise in iOS impressions

Claiming to be Latin America’s largest mobile ad network, StartMeApp has showed how it can extend its reach outside the Latin American (Latam) region and into North America as well as other global markets. The company has just issued its Q3 [2013] report which shows that it achieved an impressive 8.6 billion monthly impressions across the LatAm region. However, the company has also seen a 63 per cent rise in impressions across North America – reaching 2.95 billion monthly impressions during Q3. Part of this success is due to a surge in monthly impressions across all markets for Apple’s iOS users. They rose 5 per cent in North America; 4 per cent in Europe 3 per cent in Asia-Pacific and 2 per cent in Latin America. Continue reading

iPhone_5c Apple is targeting India & China for further sales growth

It might be doing better than some Western observers imagine

Last month [September 2013],  Apple announced its latest iPhone 5s and  iPhone 5c models. Whilst Apple might be a power-player in countries like the USA and UK, it has yet to make a serious mark in China and India. That might all change soon writes our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik. For example, Apple has introduced easy financing schemes in India and consumers in BRIC countries still aspire to own an iPhone 5c. Apple ‘s CEO, Tim Cook, also visited China numerous times this year [2013] to check on the working conditions in the factories that make ‘iDevices’, as well as meeting with state officials. Continue reading