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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 uSwitch.com, 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 51Degrees.mobi

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 51Degrees.mobi 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

Aeromobile_inflight Mobile web available on first Asian based airline

Singapore Airlines & AeroMobile tie-up allows data but no voice

Here at GoMo News Towers we have never really believed that cellular phones actually interfered with the navigation systems on an aircraft. We think the ban had more to do with mobile network operators (MNOs) not knowing how to deal with voice calls and airlines not knowing how to charge for such a service. Well, here’s an excellent example of how the problems have been solved. Singapore Airlines (SIA)  has just become the the first Asia-based airline to roll out AeroMobile connectivity. The system has enabled passengers on SIA’s brand new Boeing 777-300ER to use their own mobile phones to text and browse the internet at 30,000 feet. Continue reading

stuff - veremis Guest Post: Exposing global attitudes to mobile marketing

by Marco Veremis, CEO with Upstream

As smartphone usage continues to grow at an exponential rate, reaching global consumers via their devices is becoming increasingly important for major brands and businesses. While this is somewhat commonplace in the West & North America, sights are now set on the emerging markets, where the number of mobile connexions is expected to make a significant leap over the next few years. In fact, by 2017 Ovum expects China, India, and Indonesia, to have 3 billion mobile connexions between them. here i’m going to discuss why I think that mobile is such an integral marketing channel in developing regions. Continue reading

lukies Monitise enhances BBM Money service with new bill payments and cardless cash withdrawal features

Integrated BB Messenger ‘chat’ payments service adds new functionalities for all BlackBerry users in Indonesia

Press release

September 24th 2013. Global Mobile Money experts Monitise plc (LSE: MONI.L) has announced that its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) peer-to-peer (P2P) payments service, BBM Money, has been enhanced with new capabilities including a wide range of bill payments, cardless cash withdrawals via ATMs and access via Wi-fi. The added features are designed to further increase the convenience of the BBM Money service launched earlier this year through Monitise’s joint venture with Astra Graphia Information Technology (PT AGIT Monitise Indonesia) in partnership with Indonesian financial institution PT Bank Permata Tbk (PermataBank) and BlackBerry. Continue reading

sygic-galaxy-gps Turn-by-turn Android app from Sygic now free in India

Don’t even need live internet link whilst you drive

A new Android app, Sygic‘s India: GPS Navigation, features turn by turn voice-guided GPS navigation in more than 40 languages, speed limit displays and audio warnings, etc. – all which can be used by India’s 60 million Android users.  The company is now making Sygic India: GPS Navigation available for free. It was previously offered for INR1399 ($27.99). This sophisticated app is powered by map data from MapmyIndia, the provider of up-to-date road maps for all of India. The product utilises off-line maps so that travellers in the region won’t get lost due to poor cellular reception; run up against data caps; or incurring expensive roaming charges. Continue reading

official bbm twitter saysbbm for iphone version available in uae Roll out of BBM for Android & iOS in total chaos

Unreleased Android version to be disabled, iPhone version paused

What a fine mess. BlackBerry has now admitted that prior to the ‘official’ launch of BBM for Android, an unreleased version of the BBM for Android app was posted online. This apparently wreaked havoc. So BlackBerry intends to disable the unreleased Android app. Astonishingly, some 1.1 million Android handsets became active users of BBM in the first eight hours with the unreleased version. Hence the company has paused “the global roll-out of BBM for Android and iPhone.” However, BBM for iPhone had already been released in several countries worldwide before BlackBerry began pausing – one of them being India and the last being the UAE. Continue reading

Melissa_Callo Melissa Callo appointed as head of StartMeApp Philippines

New operations centre in Manila extends 24/7 global mobile advertising reach

Latin America’s leading mobile advertising firm StartMeApp has just opened a new office in Manila, to help extend its global mobile ad network and provide true 24/7 ad optimisation capabilities across all time zones. The aim is to enhance the ability of StartMeApp’s advertising clients to fully maximise their mobile ad campaigns worldwide. Melissa Callo, an experienced professional in the areas of digital and mobile advertising and e-commerce has been appointed Philippines operations manager. Continue reading

whatsapp-compatible nokia x2 - screen reads "what's happening?" New twist in N73 & support for WhatsApp long-running saga

Now WhatsApp runs on some Nokia S40 devices but not on all Indian networks

One of our most read stories ever is ‘Nokia update N73 Software‘ – despite the fact that this news item was written back in 2008. The article has created false hope for N73 owners (particularly those based in India) who are desperately hoping that an OS (system) update will enable this workhorse Symbian smartphone to run the WhatsApp messaging app. It doesn’t fix the problem. For the umpteenth time, can we repeat that the N73 cannot run WhatsApp? We’ve explained why this is in this story … ‘Nokia S60 handsets capable of running WhatsApp‘. Now we’ve had a new twist to this long running saga. One reader has discovered that WhatsApp will indeed run on certain Nokia S40 handsets. Including some that don’t have support for Wi-fi – such as the Nokia X2. Continue reading