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Juniper_Smartphone_Markets Apple Posts 20% YoY growth despite Q4 smartphone slowdown

Whilst Microsoft declines & Samsung smartphones grow by >1%
Global smartphone market now reaching over 1.4 million device shipments per annum

Press release

February 1st 2016. Leading mobile analyst firm Juniper Research has released its Q4 and full year smartphone market assessment for 2015. Samsung shipped an estimated 317 million smartphones, representing less than 1 per cent YoY [Year on Year] growth. Apple posts its slowest ever YoY iPhone growth, but with record profits. However, Microsoft’s phones continue to slide, shipments declining 57 per cent YoY to 4.5 million devices. Xiaomi misses its annual sales target – slowing down to 75 million. shipments. Continue reading

off_f1_app Microsoft really has lost the OS battle to Android

Our guide to FGRNTLAW for the curious

Regular readers might be wondering how our recent story about Microsoft’s treatment of Non-US MNOs (see here) is linked to Five Good Reasons Not To Leave Android for Windows [FGRNTLAW] need puzzle no longer. The link is Announcify from Thomas Taschauer an app which is one of the chief reasons why the GoMo News team can’t migrate to a Windows Phone 10 powered (Nokia) Lumia 640 from Android powered devices such as Motorola’s Moto G. Any half decent smartphone should easily be able to speak the name of the incoming caller. Our test Lumia can’t do that. Anyway, it turns out that Announcify didn’t come Top in our five must-have apps. The Top place is a straight fight between the Official Formula One app and AppEffectsUK‘s Bus CountDown. Continue reading

Non-US MNOs treated shabbily by Microsoft

Must-have features missing from foreign Windows Phone versions

Whilst researching a feature for GoMo News with a working title of Five Good Reasons Not To Leave Android for Windows [FGRNTLAW], the team couldn’t help but notice the shameful way that Microsoft is treating Non-US MNOs. There are must-have features buried inside Windows Phone [WP] which handset power users would dearly love to unleash. But it seems that The Beast Of Redmond (Microsoft) has decided that those living outside North America don’t merit their inclusion in the versions of WP it ships to non-US MNOs [Mobile Network Operators. Included here are some key handset capabilities such as announcing the name of the incoming caller. Or speaking the content of incoming text/SMS messages. These oversights can be cured by Android power users by going to Google Play and downloading an app. Mostly, however, so equivalent apps are available on the Windows app Store. Continue reading

wp10_screentshot Migrating to WP10 is actually easy – shock, horror

Microsoft still skimping on development costs though

As long as we can remember here at GoMo Towers, Microsoft has always let its customers debug the next incarnation of its own OS (starting with Windows for Warehouses). And Windows Mobile 10 seems to be no exception here. The good news, however, is that upgrading a Nokia/Microsoft WP10 [Windows Phone 10] handset from version 8.1 [WP8.1] to version 10 [WP10] is simple. Better still, there seem to be very few drawbacks to upgrading. Continue reading

strand on IoT  & mobile payments Strand Consult’s 2016 predictions match our thinking

Especially when it comes to Nokia, the IoT and mobile payments

Although his company is Danish, it seems that John Strand’s Strand Consult appears to think on almost exactly the same lines as we do here in the UK at GoMo Towers. So it was by a stroke of luck that we managed to rescue the Stand Consult predictions for 2016 from our spam filter. Here are the three predictions which stand out for us … “2016 will be an especially bad year for Microsoft [read Nokia].” Another is that the “Internet of Things reality will arrive but prove to be no goldmine for mobile network operators [MNOs].” And finally, “Mobile payment is here – Visa and Mastercard are the killer apps.” Continue reading

1st Windows 10 smartphone from Microsoft

Lumia 950 has dual anntena & super camera

Nokia – or should we say Microsoft, has just [October 2015] announced the latest smartphone in its Windows based range – the Lumia 950. This is, of course, Microsoft’s first Windows 10 flagship smartphone. Obviously this handset will have to play on its hardware features because it doesn’t have a cat in hell’s chance of competing on the ‘mobile apps supported’ front. Traditionally, Nokia has chosen to go big on the capabilities of the built-in camera. This is exactly the sort of smartphone which will lead to the disappearance of the consumer dedicated digital camera. But what intrigued us here at GoMo Towers is the fact that the company decided to go it big on the handset’s dual antenna system. Continue reading

Google & Microsoft agree to end their patent battle

Dr Aaltonen diagnoses boredom with pursuit of the pointless

It seems that industry giants – Google and Microsoft, have finally agreed to end their respective patent battle.
According to Dr Aleksi Aaltonen, an assistant professor of information systems with Warwick Business School, commented, “Patent battles are business as usual for tech giants that use them for various purposes. Lawsuits are used to claim financial damages but undoubtedly are also used for strategic manoeuvring and even for PR.” He hints, however, have probably become bored with pursuit of pointless. He added, “Given that software patents are often notoriously ambiguous, lawsuits tend to become drawn out affairs that can last years.” Continue reading

icrosoft  -fogg Redmond has lost the mobile OS war again

Inc industry comments from IHS Technology on Windows 10 launch

If you watch the latest TV adverts from Redmond based giant, Microsoft, you could be forgiven  for not having the  slightest clue what Windows 10 actually delivers. This latest version of Windows (and no-one has successfully explained what happened to Windows 9.0) works on both mobile and PC. So it seems that Windows Phone is dead. Just like Windows Mobile was before WP6. Thus, according to Ian Fogg, director of mobile analysis with IHS Technology, “Microsoft has lost the smartphone OS war to iOS and Android.” The plus side – it seems that Cortana, Microsoft/Nokia’s answer to Apple’s Siri, has made it onto the desktop. Continue reading

nadella Satya Nadella’s email announcing Nokia job losses

Workforce reductions “primarily in our phone business”

Here’s a transcript of the email sent out to Microsoft (and therefore former Nokia) employees by current CEO, Satya Nadella … “Team. Over the past few weeks, I’ve shared with you our mission, strategy, structure and culture. Today [July 7th 2015], I want to discuss our plans to focus our talent and investments in areas where we have differentiation and potential for growth, as well as how we’ll partner to drive better scale and results. In all we do, we will take a long-term view and build deep technical capability that allows us to innovate in the future. With that context, I want to update you on decisions impacting our phone business and share more on last week’s mapping and display advertising announcements. We anticipate that these changes, in addition to other headcount alignment changes, will result in the reduction of up to 7,800 positions globally, primarily in our phone business.” Continue reading

Outlook_screen Microsoft to end Outlook Andriod app support pre ICS/4.0

Beast of Redmond slips back into its old ways

It seems that Microsoft is planning to end support for the old version of its Outlook app for Android on handsets which cannot run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or above. This is due to happen on on July 31st [2015]. So it’s a jolly good idea for consumers to ensure that their Android handsets are running Version 1.2.23 of the Outlook which is the very latest version of the app that appeared on June 25th [2015]. Download it from here. Versions installed before January 29th [2015] (when it also introduced Outlook for iOS) will shortly become defunct, therefore. This doesn’t leave owners of older Android handsets high and dry, however. There are ways around the problem, of course. However, its is indicative of Redmond based Microsoft’s attitude to customers who can’t be bothered to update their hardware. Much like those still running Windows XP on perfectly good PCs. Continue reading

Mail on Sunday calls for action over bill shock

MNOs should bring security & protection in line with banks

The leading UK national newspaper, the Mail on Sunday, has called for more protection for consumers over ‘bill shock’. This follows a complaint from a British woman, Laura Harris, over a £2,000 ($3,100) bill she managed to run up with local MNO[Mobile Network Operator], Vodafone. The worrying thing is that she managed this feat mostly by linking her Apple iPhone to a Microsoft Exchange email server. She discovered the cause by contacting a specialist firm, Forensic Mobile Services, which claimed that “Exchange email services have known technical issues that can result in high data usage when used on Apple devices.” Known by whom, GoMo News would like to know? Anyway, Ms Harris and the Daily Mail (here) have subsequently called for UK MNOs to bring security and protection in line with banks [financial institutions]. Continue reading

schmidt - forced to unbundle apps from android? Android could be under threat from EU bureaucrats

Europe gunning for search engine giant – Google

The European Union (EU) has a history of taking on high tech giants (almost inevitably US based) and – after long and protracted battles – winning. It’s happened to the likes of Microsoft and Intel before. And now, it seems, it is the turn of Google – best known as a search engine giant. However, in the mobile world the company holds great sway thanks to its leading mobile OS – Android. Which is where the European Commission is now focusing to see if Google is breaking European anti-competitive laws. Interestingly, in his time at Novell, current Google chairman, Eric Schmidt, would have been more than happy to see the EU intervene and Novell’s arch enemy – Microsoft. So he’s well aware of the dangers. Continue reading

MS-DOS_dir MS-DOS Mobile is real app but no OS

The joke could well be on the Microsoft Lumia team!

Whilst most news sites fell hook-line-and-sinker [completely] for the MS-DOS Mobile for Nokia Lumia phones announcement, GoMo News knew that it was really a joke. [See 'MS-DOS Mobile for Lumia revealed'.] The reality is that the MS-DOS app does exist but only currently runs on Windows Phone 8 handsets. Which is why it wouldn’t download onto our own Nokia Lumia 800 Mangophone. We’ve now seen the app running on a WP8 handset and understand what the Lumia development team were doing. It’s a fake OS that appears to work. Aimed at techies old enough to remember what DOS commands like SET Blaster actually did. Continue reading

water_resist Water resistance key to wearables

Bathing with your smartwatch on essential

In advance of the impending commercial availability of both the Microsoft Band and the Apple Watch (in the UK), GoMo News has been looking at key differentiators in the fledgling wearables market. One ‘must-have’ we’ve identified is being able to wear your smartwatch in the bath or shower. Taking it off to bathe is a unwanted chore. Looking at the key players, we’ve noticed that Motorola with its Moto 360 may have a definite advantage given that the 360 has a ruggedised rating of IP67. In other words it’s as near as damn it waterproof. Seeing as Motorola is the company which gave us the Defy ‘partyproof’ handset this comes as no surprise (see here). Continue reading

app won't download in UK MS-DOS Mobile for Lumia revealed

Microsoft has very warped sense of humour

Here at GoMo Towers we nearly fell off our bar stools when we saw the blog posting here announcing that, “Today Microsoft launch MS-DOS Mobile, a new OS designed especially for Lumia smartphones.” We guess that this being April 1st 2015 [April Fools Day], this is just one big spoof. Unfortunately, the Redmond based company hasn’t made it clear at all. It’s even gone as far as creating a download for the product here which gives the news even more credibility. Sadly, over here in Blighty [UK] we can’t actually try to download this app to our Lumia handset because the Windows Phone store reports it isn’t available in our region. To make matters worse, the Lumia team are currently still insisting the product is real. Continue reading