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India and Asia Pacific

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

dual_sim_blackberry GoMo speculates the Jakarta Blackberry may be Dual SIM

BlackBerry’s marketing does seem to be getting slicker

A chance encounter with some of Blackberry UK’s marketing efforts got us thinking here at GoMo Towers. Is BlackBerry finally awakening to the subtleties of smartphone marketing? Its new hardware – apparently code-named Jakarta, is rumoured to be set for release in late February [2014]. So it could appear at the MWC Barcelona show which would be a logical move. Unlike the Z10 which was released mere weeks after the critical Xmas sales season. So, BlackBerry could see the light and release a Dual SIM version of a BlackBerry for the important Asian markets. Continue reading

wechat_screen N73 users should be Wechatting not Whatsapping

Run chat on your Nokia N73 with no need for upgrade
Here at GoMo Towers we’re constantly flooded with requests from owners of the Nokia N73 asking for information on how they can run WhatsApp on their Symbian smartphone. You can’t. So we did a bit of lateral thinking and realised that there’s a perfectly good [...]

idate_m2m China overtakes USA in M2M terms says IDATE

M2M market will reach $54 billion in 2017 report predicts

In the sixth edition of IDATE‘s M2M Market report (covering 2013-2017), the organisation forecasts that global M2M [machine-to-machine] market volume will grow by an average of around 30 per cent annually. That corresponds to 470 million modules, whilst in comparison revenue will climb by 13 per cent a year on average, to reach €40 billion ($54 billion). The bulk of revenue was generated by software and IT developments which together accounted for two-thirds of total market value. The main areas of application were automotive; consumer electronics; and utilities. Continue reading

idate_logo Machine-to-Machine (M2M) market finally taking off

M2M is enjoying swift growth of roughly 30% in volume and over 10% in revenue, with the market to reach €40 billion in 2017

Press release

January 14th 2014. The 6th edition of IDATE‘s M2M Market report, covering 2013-2017, reveals that a healthy growth rate has finally taken hold in this promising but, up until recently, underperforming market. This performance is being spurred by increased use within the main areas of application (automotive, consumer electronics and utilities) and is expected to accelerate even further over the next five years as M2M spreads to other sectors of activity. Continue reading

nisha_pandey Guest Post: What sets the M out from other Xperia phones

Sony smartphone powered by a dual core Qualcomm processor?

by Nisha Pandey, a writer who sometimes works with Coupon Monk

Sony already has its hands full with the Z Ultra, Z, U, T, SP, S, L, J, and E’ But now it has launched the Xperia M as well. Indeed, there’s a long list of devices in the Xperia line up itself so consumers are bound to be confused about exactly which one to opt for. More importantly, how does the Xperia M fare in the face of the internal Sony competition? Below I try to set out some of the Xperia M’s better points. Continue reading

Lumia_black Lumia Black update software rollout for Nokia WP8s starts today

Starts with Lumia 1020 and Lumia 925 smartphones

An OS update for Nokia’s WP8 based handsets has started globally today [December 10th 2014]. The first models to receive the ‘Black’ update will be Lumia 1020 and Lumia 925 smartphones. Other updates will follow on a unspecified timeframe. Sadly, GoMo News can’t check this out because we’re stuck with our Lumia 800 which is only WP7.8. Ho-hum. Anyway, Lumia Black offers many new features for existing Nokia Lumia WP8 owners including improvements in imaging; new apps; and app updates from Microsoft as well as Nokia. Continue reading

make your n97 seem like it is running symbian belle Belle UI can be spoofed on Nokia N97

Get the look & Feel of Symbian’s latest OS on your S60v5 device

When we wrote this story ‘Claimed Nokia N97 OS upgrade to Belle creates havoc‘ back in February 2013, it caused quite a stir. GoMo News stands by its original assertion that you cannot upgrade a Nokia N97 handset to the full version of (Smybian) Belle or even Anna. That’s because it is a Series 60 v5.0 device. However, what you can do is make it look like you are running Symbian Belle on your N97 thanks to a piece of software called ‘Symbian Belle Shell’. Thanks to GoMo reader “S2dal” from Tanzania for pointing this out. Continue reading

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