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valentine_heart Motorola levers Valentine’s Day for watch bundle

Say Hellomoto to your Valentine

Here in Blighty [UK], to help Brits celebrate Valentine’s Day [February 14th], Motorola has devised a special bundle offer for the Moto 360 smartwatch alongside its Moto G (3rd Gen) smartphone. GoMo News suspects that in order to provide an air of exclusivity, the offer is extremely time limited. Starting at 0.00 am on Tuesday 2nd February [2016], this offer ends at 23.59 pm on Friday 5th February. At least this year [2016], we’re not all attending the MWC (Mobile World Congress) which used to take place around February 14th. So even those in the mobile world can save up to £80.00 when both products are purchased together as a bundle. The GoMo Team feels the package is a good way to draw attention to the synergy between Motorola’s wearable offering and its flagship smartphone. For the curious, Motorola is knocking £80 off the Moto 360 and Moto G 3rd Gen bundle with prices starting at £298.00 [regular price £378.00]. Continue reading

Huawei_logo Old guard handset makers shrinking fast

Even Apple isn’t immune says Juniper Research

It seems that the old guard manufacturers of smartphones – such as Microsoft (aka Nokia)’ BlackBerry (RIM); Sony (Sony Ericsson); and HTC are seeing their handset shipments shrinking fast. The beneficiaries are mainly Chinese manufacturers such as Huawei and Xiaomi. But, according to market watchers – Juniper Research, even Apple isn’t immune to this trend. Apple posted its slowest ever YoY [Year on Year]  iPhone growth – reporting a 0.4 per cent YoY growth in iPhone shipments for Q4 2015. Apple did make record profits, though. Oh. And the USA is partly responsible for the slow down. Continue reading

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

actually you don't get cash just a voucher Xmas present for all Power Bar owners from EE

Swap your mobile power charger for £20 voucher

Originally aimed at those attending the British Glastonbury music festival, leading UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator], EE, is recalling all of its Power Bars. That’s the brand name for its mobile power charger. Previously the company had just recalled the batch which had a “Model No: E106″. Now, it seems that in rare cases any of the Power Bars can potentially overheat. EE is informaing existing owners by text [SMS] message. What the message doesn’t mention, however, is that those who surrender their Power Bar get a free £20 voucheer just before Xmas [2015] to use before the end of January [2016]. Continue reading

hosseini - even if it is apple, he couldn't say Oxford Don may hold key to wearables market

He’s invented screens requiring almost zero power – eatyourheartout Apple
hosseini – even if it is apple, he couldn't say
It appears that an Oxford [England] based academic – Dr Peiman Hosseini, may have come up with the solution to the heavy power consumption of high profile wearable devices. [Mentioning no names - apple. Ed] What Hosseini [...]

Apple fanbois will  welcome sapphire glass - ebbett Battery life is prime concern for phone users

Latest research from Protect Your Bubble bad news for Apple

According to research carried out by mobile phone insurance specialist, Protect Your Bubble, 37 per cent of UK mobile users have noticed their battery life deteriorate dramatically since they acquired their first handset. So, in light of the iPhone 6S ‘battery-gate’ fiasco – if battery life is what consumers care about, then Apple may be in a bit of trouble. Significantly, the research found that long battery life is the top priority for over half of buyers 51 per cent when choosing a new phone. And it’s even more important to mobile users than which mobile operating system [OS] the phone has (36 per cent). 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

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

-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

power_bar_check 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