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Mobile Devices

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

Counterfeit handsets present major challenge to African MNOs

Luckily Mobilethink believes it has the ideal solution

The use of cloned or counterfeit mobile handsets is a problem which MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] and MVNOs [Mobile Virtual Network Operators] in mature markets can afford to ignore. But that’s not the case in Africa. Such devices may form anything between 10 and 20 per cent of an African operator’s device base, according to Mobilethink. A genuine GSM handset should, of course, have a unique IMEI number. But that would involve paying the GSMA. Hence the popularity of counterfeiting. Additionally, the company quotes the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK,) as claiming that sub-standard components are often used in manufacturing cloned devices which have not been put through safety checks and might emit higher than recommended radiation levels. Hence, some countries such as Kenya and Nigeria have introduced legislation ordering carriers to trace and block cloned and counterfeit devices. It’s a nightmare for African MNOs but Mobilethink thinks it has the answer. Continue reading

an end to Africa's smartphone nightmare - houbak Mobilethink solving Africa’s $6 billion cloned device dilemma

Press release

With 10-20% of mobile devices coming into a network being cloned or counterfeit mobiles, Mobilethink’s automatic device detection and upsell solution is now must-have technology for African carriers to generate revenues from potentially banned smartphones; solution will be showcased at AfricaCom 2015 in Cape Town in November

September 29th 2015 Spirent Communications‘ device intelligence business unit Mobilethink has announced that it will use AfricaCom 2015 as the springboard to show African carriers how to end the current cloned device nightmare on their networks and to either block or engage with users. Continue reading

Unlucky EE Power Bar users get lucky

EE offers E1-6 possessors £20 voucher

It seems that leading British MNO [Mobile Network Operator], EE, is more than a little anxious for its customers to return a batch of potentially unsafe mobile power chargers. Known as Power Bars, the batch in question have “Model No: E106″ written down their side. These devices “could pose a fire safety risk “, the operator says. So, in order to entice the few remaining possessors of these units back into their local EE store, EE is giving them a £20 voucher in return. The voucher does, of course, have to be spent in the EE online accessories store here. Sadly, Power Bars “from any other batch are not affected by this recall.” So, no voucher for us, then. Continue reading

- lawson-stratham Apple is working with Brits on iPhone fuel cell

Could have major implications for markets like India

Rumours have emerged recently that Apple is working with a British technology company has developed a  hydrogen fuel cell that is small enough to be factory fitted inside one of its smartphones. The company is Intelligent Energy and in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph here, Intelligent Energy’s CFO, Dr Mark Lawson-Stratham, mentioned working with a partner. He said while the tech is still a couple of years away from being ready for the general public, “But it’s about how quickly does our partner want to press the button and get on with it?” Naturally, with Apple be notoriously harsh to suppliers who leak information, the company refused to confirm that the smartphone manufacturer was Apple. However, Intelligent Energy has strong links with Apple which already sells its Upp fuel cell charger in its stores. The technology has, of course, major benefits for emerging markets such as India, where traditional mains electricity supplies can prove difficult to find. A whole new market for reusable cartridge could open up for retailers, too. Continue reading

web site recall message EE forced to recall portable chargers batch

E1-06 hasn’t helped UK MNO with customer retention

UK leading MNO [Mobile Network Operator], EE, doesn’t seem to be having much luck with its ‘Power Bar’ customer retention scheme. GoMo News would speculate that this marketing project was aimed at retaining high-to-medium spending customers. Sadly, however, anyone with a Power Bar – the portable mobile charger, with a batch number of E1-06, needs to return the device to EE PDQ [Pretty Damn Quick]. That’s because EE has noticed a number of cases where these chargers could potentially overheat and therefore constitute a fire risk. Continue reading

2 days battery life - hayes New Motorola handsets can cut MNOs & channel out of loop

Heavy emphasis place on 2 day battery life, too

And so to The Brewery in the City of London [England], where the GoMo News team has been attending the biggest launch of Moto products – ever. There were simultaneous events in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and NYC, USA – incidentally. The newly invigorated Motorola introduced not one but three new smartphones today [July 28th 2015]. A new Moto G, the Moto X Style and the Moto X play. (And no new watch). One of the new models – confusingly still called the Moto G also goes on sale globally today [July 28th 2015]. Cutting through the hype, GoMo News sees to major themes here: – massive stress placed on battery life and the ability to bypass any reliance on the MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] to ‘range’ their handsets. Continue reading

Nancy Griffin Guest Post: The mobile screen revolution

by Harsha Mistry a blogger who sometimes works with PokerStars

Revolution may seem like a strong word to use when describing the impact that mobile screens have had on the world, but when you look at how much computing was changed, it starts to make sense. Even our idea of what constitutes a computer has been irreversibly altered and we’re moving forward in a way that few could have predicted just a few short years ago. With the new face of mobile screens and the infinite universe of apps tailored to every possible interest, we’re in a brave new era where usability, responsiveness, and mobility go hand in hand (pun intended) with computing. Let’s take a look how the touchscreen has improved the online poker playing experience. Continue reading

power_bar 35p EE Power Bar won’t work with our Moto G

But then the UK MVNO doesn’t range this handset

On the very first day [June 24th 2015] that EE made its second batch of ‘Power Bar’ mobile device chargers available to consumers, GoMo News managed to rush into the Epsom EE phone store and claims its Bar. Obviously we’ll be accused of nit-picking but for some reason best known to itself, when EE sent us the code to claim our ‘free’ unit, it cost us 35 pence to receive that SMS [text]. But the biggest disappointment turned out to be that the Bar won’t charge our loan Motorola Moto G. However, it has no problems with our BlackBerry Q5. Worked a treat. Continue reading

Kaushlendra_Singh Guest Post: 5 handsets that are better than an iPhone

Especially if you are an Android lover in India

by Kaushlendra Singh, a writer with CashKaro

The world of smartphones is aconstantly developing industry which sees another device released consistently. Conspicuously, Apple’s iPhone’s enjoy a definite rivalry with other mobile suppliers such as Nokia, Samsung, Sony, and HTC – to give some examples. Aside from these wel–known contenders, the new participants like Xioami, Gionee and OnePlus are fit for giving strong rivalry to the Apple iPhone. Out of the considerable number of brands on offer (which our Indian readers can buy online through the latest CashKaro mobile phone offers), the iPhone 7 is liable to face rivalry from the five smartphones which I outline below. Continue reading

Z3+ no heart rate monitor - kerr Sony creates confusion with latest Xperia naming convention

Is it a Z3+ or a Z4? Users need to know

It’s not very characteristic of an established player such as Sony to make a complete hash of its handset model conventions but it appears to have achieved this feat with the launch of the Z3+ worldwide. Except in its home market – Japan, where the same device will be known as the Z4. In a world where everything can be discovered online, “Muddying the waters with different names for the same handset could lead to consumer confusion, warns Rob Kerr, a mobiles expert with uSwitch. GoMo News wonders whether this messing with the numbers 3 and 4 could have something to do with the fact that the number four is unlucky in some countries – particularly Korea. It’s a bit like Apple launching the iPhone 13 (if the US based company is lucky enough to get that far). Which is why here at GoMo Towers we thought that Samsung wouldn’t launch a handset known as the Galaxy S4. (See here). Continue reading

continued strength of iphone & app Store - cook Samsung retains smartphone crown despite iPhone’s Chinese sales

Sales in China did rise 71% though

Although Apple’s recently released figures (the quarter ending in March 2015) show that sales of the iPhone in China alone rose 71 per cent to £10.8 billion ($16.8 billion), research from Strategy Analytics showed that Samsung still retains the smartphone crown. It wasn’t just in China, either because overall iPhone sales were up by an impressive 40 per cent. The Cupertino based tech giant sold 61.2 million iPhones in this last reported period – up 40 per cent and above expectations. The company raked in profits of £8.7 billion ($13.6 billion), up from £6.6 billion ($10.2 billion) in 2014. However, Samsung recaptured the No.1 smartphone seller slot by shipping 83.2 million devices in Q1 2015compared to Apple’s 61.2 million. Continue reading

seth's photo is in the post Guest Post: The mobile screen revolution

by Seth MacIntosh, a tech blogger & big poker fan

Revolution may seem like a strong word to use when describing the impact that mobile screens have had on the world, but when you look at how much computing has changed, it starts to make sense. Even our idea of what constitutes a computer has been irreversibly altered and we’re moving forward in a way that few could have predicted just a few short years ago. With the new face of mobile screens and the infinite universe of apps tailored to every possible interest, we’re in a brave new era where usability, responsiveness, and mobility go hand in hand (pun intended) with computing. Continue reading

car_wifi EE missing marketing trick with Car Wifi

Taxi drivers obvious targets for Buzzard 2

Whilst visiting our local EE retail store, GoMo News happened to spot a leaflet designed to promote the Brit MNO’s [Mobile Network Operator's] own label mobile Wi-fi hotspot device called simply the Buzzard 2 aka Car Wifi. From the text and the advert illustrations, it is clear that the Brit 4G MNO is intending to target families with this device. The typical Buzzard 2 customer would therefore be a parent who wishes to keep his/her children quiet in the back of a car. By providing a mobile Wi-fi connexion, young people can then entertain themselves on a long journey by keeping up with social media, emails and the like. However, taking up this offering is about as clear as mud to the average person. Plus it is aimed at the wrong audience. Continue reading

microsoft band Microsoft could have advantage in wearables

Its smartwatch works with 3 mobile OS

How the world has changed. One time developers could produce their software for just one OS – Microsoft’s Windows. And happily ignore Apple. Now the tables have turned. Everyone’s talking about the Watch – which only works with one OS – Apple’s iOS. So app developers could logically tailor their wares to just the one mobile OS. However, here at GoMo Towers, we think we’ve spotted that Microsoft has some advantages which most observers seem to have overlooked. Its  wearable offering – the Band, works not only with Windows Phone but also with iOS and Android. Plus whilst the Band is geared heavily at fitness – it is still usable as a smartphone. Check out the Band specs here. Continue reading