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nadella - mobile first By axing Nokia X series, Microsoft gets to focus entirely on the Lumia brand

Special report by our Indian technical correspondent

In an email to Microsoft employees last week [July 2014], CEO Satya Nadella announced that the company would lay off 18,000 employees over the course of the year and most of them (12,500) would be from Nokia’s handset division. These layoffs are Microsoft’s way of restructuring around a Nadella’s view of Microsoft as a “mobile first, cloud first” organisation. Continue reading

fan support is a team’s 12th man - markin SIM roaming specialist Top Connect predicts Germany will win World Cup

That’s all based on Skype calls so it must be right then

Specialist roaming SIM supplier, Top Connect, is now predicting that Germany’s football team will win the soccer fanatics’ version of the Super Bowl – the World Cup. We’ve heard of data mining, but the way in which this Estonia based company (just in case you thought there was a bias) reached its conclusion is fascinating. Thanks to its unique relationship with (Microsoft owned) Skype, the supplier of the call back TravelSim roaming card has analysed its traffic. In particular it has looked at German, Dutch and Argentinean users of its SIMs. Relevant nations given that the English team out of the competition in the very early stages but their teams are still in contention. Top Connect is now reporting an impressive 21 per cent increase in free Skype calls being made to TravelSim users currently watching the World Cup in Brazil. Continue reading

Rummage touts itself as ripe for Nokiasoft acquisition

We think that Google might be more interested

A UK-based software company called Computer ConQuest reckons that its software is ripe for acquisition from the new behemoth which is Nokiasoft – a term which it reckons has been coined by former Nokia chief, Stephen Elop. Apparently the company claims that Elop has suggested that neither ‘Microsoft Mobile’ nor Nokia will be the long-term brand names that consumers can expect to hear. Which is, of course, interesting. The company also maintains that the emergence of smartphones as devices utilised by millions of people o na daily has made information accessible with just a few clicks of the finger. So what has Computer ConQuest done to combat this situation. Launched a program – Rummage that only runs on Windows 7 (for PCs). Eh? Continue reading

lumia 630 dual You should choose Lumia 630 any day over Nokia XL

by our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik

As we reported back in April [2014], ‘Nokia X has experienced a good amount of traction in India‘, this was mostly due to the fact that it was the first dual SIM smartphone from Nokia. Since then, Nokia has released slightly upgraded versions of Nokia X in the form of Nokia X+ and Nokia XL. Continue reading

lumia arc of wonder with 1020s in NYC Nokia & Microsoft pull Multi Lumia Arc of Wonder stunt

Anything to promote Lumia 1020′s 41 mp camera

It’s not the first time that Nokia’s Creative Labs has pulled a stunt to publicise the fact that buried inside Lumia smartphones is a powerful 41 megapixel camera. Now – with a little help from Microsoft, the smartphone vendor has produced the ‘Multi Lumia Arc of Wonder’ in co-operation with filmmaker Paul Trillo. He created the Arc from 50 Lumia 1020 smartphones controlled by a Microsoft Surface tablet using a special app which was designed for the Windows 8 mobile platform. The venue? NYC (New York City, USA), of course. Continue reading

suri - class of 1989 @ mit Rajeev Suri named new Nokia CEO moving up from NSN

Heavy duty Indian connexion for both Nokia & Microsoft

Having completed the sell-off of its Devices & Services division to Microsoft, Nokia has named Nokia Rajeev Suri as its new CEO. Its a predictable move since Suri had been heading up the solutions & networking division – formerly Nokia Siemens Networks [NSN]. It is reported that Nokia currently acquires around 90 per cent of its remaining revenues from the networking division. But there’s a strong connexion between Suri and current Microsoft chief Satya Nadella both were MIT student -just a year apart. Not at the Massachusetts Instute of Technology as you might have thought but at the Manipal Institute of Technology near Mangalore in Karnataka. Continue reading

Pin_finder2 Latest BBM update for Android fails to excite

Still great deal of negative feedback

As Microsoft made it very clear this week when it finalised the acquisition of Nokia’s Devices & Services division, the way to make money out of mobile currently is out of services. The demon of Redmond will be pushing the likes of OneDrive to Asha and Nokia X owners rather than desperately trying to get consumers to buy WP8. And BlackBerry ought to be doing exacgtly the same thing with its BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) IM offering. So when we saw there was a new update for BBM for Android, we got quite excited here at GoMo Towers. To no avail because all the latest versions claims to offer is bug fixes. Which prompted a whole host of reviewers to say the bugs weren’t fixed. Worse still there is no sign of the BBM for Windows Phone yet. Continue reading

elop is the one on the right Microsoft finally clinches the Nokia Devices deal

Plans to plan in the affordable mobile devices market, though

Yesterday [April 25th 2014] Microsoft finally completed its acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services business. The curious thing is that the deal doesn’t cover everything. Nokia told its users that , “it will continue to run its businesses, including HERE location-based products and services, which are not part of the Microsoft acquisition. With the completion of this sale, the Nokia Devices & Services business will be part of a Finnish entity, Microsoft Mobile Oy, a subsidiary of Microsoft Corp. ” No surprises for guessing who got the job of heading up the Microsoft Devices Group? Step forward Stephen Elop who is former Nokia President and CEO. Continue reading

iPhone_5c Hardware clinic: How to force Windows 8.1 to recognise your iPhone

Time consuming & frustrating process. Check your USB cable too

It may have something to do with the long rivalry between Apple and Microsoft (although Microsoft once saved Apple and bailed it out), but here at GoMo Towers we couldn’t believe how difficult it was for one reader to connect her iPhone to her nearly new laptop PC. The laptop was running Microsoft’s latest OS – Windows 8.1 and the software vendor isn’t doing itself any favours if it wants to persuade existing Windows XP users to migrate to its latest software. Because the whole process was time consuming & frustrating. We eventually fixed the problem but it took hours. Continue reading

End of XP is great news for Android & iOS

Why exactly do you need a desktop PC instead of a tablet or smartphone?

A great deal is being written about Microsoft ending ‘Extended Support’ for Windows XP today [April 8th 2014]. A great deal of it is mere scaremongering and reminiscent of the Millennium bug which never actually wreaked havoc. The software giant might have shot itself in the foot, however. If you look carefully at what the analysts are saying, they are actually advocating going mobile without truly appreciating it. For example, take this quote from Richard Edwards, principal analyst for enterprise mobility & productivity software at Ovum, “Compared to smartphones and tablet devices, PC operating system upgrades are an ugly affair.” Exactly. It’s not actually time to think about upgrading from XP, it’s time to ask yourself, “Why exactly do I have a desktop again?” Continue reading

if you can get it to work - nokia store on android Nokia Store can be accessed by regular Android & Sailfish handsets

Not all Nokia’s AOSP apps will run on them, though

GoMo News has been attempting to discover what apps are available for the Nokia X now that it has been officially released in multiple global markets. For example, the handset sold out in the UAE within a day of going on sale. The ‘X’ is, of course, the first Nokia handset to run Android Open Source Project (AOSP). However, whilst visiting the Nokia app store ( formerly Ovi) via the web, we still aren’t able to set the ‘X’ as our default handset. This in turn has led GoMo to discover that it is theoretically possible to access Nokia’s Android apps stash by downloading an Nokia Store app to your Android – or even Sailfish – handset. If you can get it to work that is. Continue reading

making its way to china? Nokia to launch MixRadio in China

Linked to Bill Gates’ return to Microsoft

According to a report in today’s [March 23rd 2014] Sunday Times, Nokia is on the verge on launching a version of its MixRadio streaming service into China. Like other observers, GoMo News would question the wisdom of such a move. As a country its inhabitants aren’t known for much respect for digital copyrights. Which could prove a flaw in Nokia’s business plan. We especially like the newspaper’s suggestion that Bill Gates is somehow behind the move. Continue reading

the bugged infographic Probably the worst WP8 Hot Tip from Microsoft ever

Advice on custom ringtones virtually useless

One of the  missing features which is most irritating (for long-time Nokia users especially) is a lack of configurable ring tones. Nokia virtually invented the ringtone market so it is hard to see why it has tolerated the lack of easily configurable ringtones with its latest Windows Phone (WP8) handsets. Consequently, GoMo News was delighted to see a tweet which lead to an infographic – explaining how to install “custom ringtones”. Except when we tried to follow the instructions – they absolutely don’t work for us. 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

mistake to push the touch only Z3 Skype may release BB 7 client for Indonesian BlackBerries

Now that Chen seems to have cuddled up to Microsoft

With BlackBerry’s John Chen seemingly building on a close relationship with Microsoft (see ‘BBM for Windows Phone app may be imminent‘), the next obvious move is for Skype to open up its platform to all BlackBerry owners – not just those who happen to own a BB10 device. We’ve downloaded Skype onto our BlackBerry Q5 handset, for example. As regular GoMo News readers will know, Skype is now part of Microsoft. And talking of parts of Microsoft – so is Nokia these days. Which is why BlackBerry has announced that it will be making a BBM client available for not just Windows Phone handsets but for the Nokia X (Android/AOSP) handset, too. The key here is Indonesia. Continue reading