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Mobile applications

spot the old messenger contacts Microsoft kills off MSN Messenger

Bows to fact that apps are now key to IM popularity

It appears that Microsoft has decided to call a complete halt to its legacy IM [Instant Messaging] service which started out life as MSN Messenger and eventually mutated into Windows Live Messenger. The company seems to be bowing to harsh realities. MSN got its boost because it was bundled with the Windows OS. Today, it is the mobile apps which dictate fashion. Anyway, Microsoft doesn’t really need two separate IM systems. It has an excellent one which came with Skype – a service which it acquired for $8.5 billion (£5.1 billion) back in 2012. The only surviving version of the MSN service is being switched off in mainland China on October 31st [2014] after 15 years. Continue reading

devika's photo is in the post Guest Post: 2 good reasons why retailers have an app

by Devika Girish, who works in marketing with MobStac

Going by the number of success stories around retail apps, there is evidently a lot to lose out on if brands are to shunt away apps. The key to success here lies in identifying the retailer’s target group of users, creating apps that work well for them, and continually refining and reinventing mobile experiences to profitably retain those users. However, it doesn’t make sense to create a mobile app if a retailer has just started off with the retail business. App development should ideally come into the picture after a retailer have got a customerbase to cater to. Many retailers struggle to take a call on whether they should create an app of their own or tap into an existing platform.A retailer need to consider the retailer’s target audience and brand while choosing between them. Here are two points that will help a retailer design and implement a retail app in the most effective way possible. Continue reading

Mobile apps must make privacy a priority survey reveals

Press release

August 29th 2014. Four out of ten mobile users admit they would not download an app just because of privacy concerns, according to the findings of a new survey, while a third believe apps are getting more and more invasive. The new poll from Apadmi, the UK’s leading mobile app developer, shows that the public attitude is hardening against apps that place excessive demands on users. The survey of 100 mobile users – including owners of Android, iOS, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry devices – was commissioned to examine how opinions are changing towards downloading apps in the wake of issues such as the Edward Snowden revelations. Continue reading

radioplayer to the rescue Beeb surprise backer of updated Radioplayer app

Finally helps GoMo tFinally helps GoMo tune in to Chill radio again

Here at GoMo News we are big fans of a music station which is called ‘Chill‘ for obvious reasons because that’s the kind of music it offers. Now in the past, we’ve been able to access this station by various means. But lately, it has proved nearly impossible to listen to this Internet radio station via an ordinary browser. We’re not entirely sure why. In our search for a solution we came across an app named Radioplayer – which is designed to enable users to listen to a wide range of digital stations across the UK. The big surprise for us was the fact that the BBC [Beeb] is a backer/benefactor of this app.une in to Chill radio again

Here at GoMo News we are big fans of a music station which is called ‘Chill’ for obvious reasons because that’s the kind of music it offers. Now in the past, we’ve been able to access this station by various means. But lately, it has proved nearly impossible to listen to this Internet radio station via an ordinary browser. We’re not entirely sure why. In our search for a solution we came across an app naked Radioplayer – which is designed to enable users to listen to a wide range of digital stations across the UK. The big surprise for us was the fact that the BBC [Beeb] is a surprise backer/benefactor of this app. Continue reading

plouffe- uber's latest hiring What London cabbies need is better apps

As Uber hires yet another political heavyweight to back its cause

Here at GoMo Towers, we can’t help but think that what London cabbies really need in their fight against the fast-growing Uber mobile app is better technology. Rather than legal victories or greater political protection. In a sign of the way things are going, the folks at Uber have hired another political heavyweight in the shape of David Plouffe. An American, he is widely accredited with helping Barack Obama being elected US President not once but twice. Uber is, of course, fighting a global battle and what happens in the USA will undoubtedly affect Europe, for example. We can’t help but think that what London cabbies [taxi drivers] really need, however, is better technology in their apps. Continue reading

Christopher_Austin Guest Post: 5 most inspirational games in 2014

by Christopher Austin, a freelance writer who sometimes works with Airplane Games 365

As a video game developer, brainstorming for ideas for a new game is one of the most daunting tasks of the whole process. When the success or failure of the whole project relies on the decisions made at this point, it is easy to understand why it is so stressing. However, there is a neat trick to maximise your chances of success – getting inspiration from games that are already successful. So, here are my Top Games of 2014 that can act as inspirational sources. Continue reading

Brits update world leading fantasy footie app

GoMo meets team in London’s high tech Thirsty Bear pub

One of the main reasons why GoMo News trekked up to London’s Waterloo area was the fact that we were meeting in London’s high tech Thirsty Bear pub. Where you can order your drinks on an iPad. But we also wanted an insight into the thinking of a currently successful mobile game developer. And as such managed a cozy chat with Des O’Connor, a producer with Square Enix which has just released Champ Man 15. This is a world leading fantasy footie app and apparently ’15′ will appear first in the Apple iTunes App Store. Why this developer is releasing the iOS version first (rather than the Android version) totally eluded us. Continue reading

- kirstein Motorola Solutions hoping to shake up mobile app development

Introduces RhoMobile Suite with loads of features but @ competitive price

Transparency of pricing isn’t exactly forthcoming in the app development industry. This is something which the RhoMobile Suite v5.0 just released by Motorola Solutionsis hopefully addressing. Unconfirmed reports say that the likes of Appcelerator and Big Blue’s [IBM's] Worklight are considerably more expensive. Those suppliers who are closer in price such as Xamarin and PhoneGap don’t offer the range of features RhoMobile does, according to our mole. Such features including development capabilities like synchronisation, push, and app management. Continue reading

GoMo kind of likes the WOMAD festival app

Improvement on previous years

We should actually be in a field in Wiltshire right now but circumstances beyond our control meant we haven’t gone to the WOMAD world music festival this year [2014]. Nonetheless we decided to review the events’ Android app anyway. Especially since our gut feeling is that the app is a lot better than previous years. Once again it has been created by App Majik and it only appeared a few days before the festival started. Our view is that apps like this should be released a few weeks in advance and it should be left to users to download the updates. Continue reading

- macmillan Pollen’s Macmillan comments on app poverty line

Possibly 98.4% of developers living on it

A recent report – based on research by Vision Mobile, entitled ‘Developer Economics Q3 2014: State of the Developer Nation‘ revealed that many app businesses currently are not sustainable. Crucially, the report found that just 1.6 per cent of developers generate most of the app store revenue. Martin Macmillan, CEO with new FinTech company Pollen, appears to have coined a new phrase for this – the “app poverty line”. Thus, in effect, as many as 98.4 per cent of mobile app developers may be living below the app poverty line. Hence Macmillan offers useful advice to developers. Talking to Pollen itself is the tip he neglected to mention. Continue reading

tstia app screenshot GoMo News gets frustrated with Channel 4 app

Trying to vote with The Winner Takes It All app

There’s good ideas for creating brilliant marketing plans and there’s the harsh reality which the implementation of an app presents to real people. GoMo News was all fired up to participate in an online music contestant voting system. Then we discovered how many hoops we had to jump through. This whole exercise in mobile marketing has been created by the British TV station, Channel 4, in conjunction with content producers Endemol ( most famous for Big Brother). The pair has produced an app which enables the UK public to vote for wannabe superstars. It’s called The Singer Takes It All (TSTIA). Instead of hours of fun, it seems to offer hours of frustration. Continue reading

not at the expense of real life - myers Smartphones killing Brits sex lives

28% check their smartphones during sex act

They say that there’s an app for everything these days, so it should come as no surprise to learn that there are apps to improve your sex life. This discovery was made by none other than the UK’s Sun newspaper, of course. It then went on to rate five of the leading sex apps for iOS and Android. The article was prompted by shock findings from a survey carried out for TigerMobiles.com by market research and polling agency, Carter Digby. They asked 1,500 couples in the UK between 18-30 a range of questions on their sex lives and smartphone usage habits. A shocking 28 per cent revealed they have even checked their phone during sexual intercourse. Continue reading

Stefano_Sassu Guest Post: 5 common problems every app developer faces

by Stefano Sassu, a vp with Ask Partner Network

App development has grown exponentially in the past few years, with new apps hitting the market every day. Such saturation means that developers are facing new and harder challenges throughout the development process. Here are my five common problems that app developers face and how to remedy them. Continue reading

Dennis Juul Poulsen Tweakker 14 Guest Post: Connected vehicles? BYOS – Bring Your Own SIM

by Dennis Juul Poulsen, CEO with Tweakker

Billions of dollars are being invested in what is seen as the next big digital playground – the connected vehicle. And central to the mass roll-out of new and subsequently used connected cars and trucks is not just the sticker price, but having connectivity solutions embedded in them allowing the humble, network-agnostic SIM card to access the Internet from a vehicle at anytime, from anywhere, worldwide. Vehicle manufacturers believe that smartphones will change the way people use their vehicles and giant strides have already been made in making them safer, more fuel efficient and more fun to be in thanks to device technology. Continue reading

Photo blending app dubble aims to raise crowd funding thru Volpit

Doing well so far given it is currently iOS7 only

Claiming to have the world’s first photo collaboration app, dubble, its producer is seeking to raise seed investment on Volpit. Having launched in beta form back in October 2013, dubble has amassed over 120,000 users. Plus 1.5 million ‘dubbles’ have been made in 187 different countries around the globe. That’s pretty impressive given the fact that currently it only available for Apple devices running iOS7. Obviously an Android version will soon be released, yet already between 30k and 40k people use dubble every month. Continue reading