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Mobile Devices

- 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

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

Globetrotter-battery Powered up phones requirement at airports counter-productive


What happens if we all start carrying battery packs?

The news that various British airlines – especially those flying passengers to the USA, have started to insist that travellers’ mobile devices – such as smartphones and tablets, must be powered up could well prove to be counter-productive. This GoMo News hack doesn’t believe he is unusual but if an airline wanted to confiscate either my mobile phone or my laptop, then there wouldn’t be any point me getting on that plane. Both are vital tools for performing my line of work. Normally it wouldn’t be too difficult to keep both items charged. But our recent experience flying back to Britain from Barcelona suggests otherwise. We’re all for countering terrorism but you have to be pragmatic about these things. Continue reading

- delaney IBM to sell iPhones & iPads – IDC comments

It’s all to do with MobileFirst for iOS apparently

If you’d asked GoMo News which was the most likely to happen – elephants flying or IBM selling Apple’s smartphones, up until now we would have gone for the elephants. However, in a historic moment [July 15th 2014], IBM together with Apple announced IBM MobileFirst for iOS. [Read the full announcement here].This means that IBM will start selling iPhones & iPads and will develop cloud services optimised for Apple’s iOS. Apple will provide hardware support for devices through a dedicated large-enterprise AppleCare programme. How has this come about? Well, the market for is currently comprised of affluent people in developed economies – with the possible exception of China. Anyway that market is now a mature and overcrowded. So selling to affluent businesses is the obvious answer. Below, John Delaney, associate vp for mobility with IDC, provides a comprehensive overview of what he sees as happening. Continue reading

Ginni_ibm Apple and IBM forge global partnership to transform enterprise mobility

Press release

July 15th 2014. Apple and IBM have announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps – bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad. The landmark partnership aims to redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges and spark true mobile-led business change. These are grounded in four core capabilities. Continue reading

passpoint in the S4's settings menu OTA provisioning of HS 2.0 is the problem in San Fran

Some Android devices could be configured manually, tho

Flavio Aggio, CTO for the Department of Technology in the City of San Francisco, USA has kindly written to GoMo News seeking to provide clarification of why the City’s HotSpot 2.0 [HS 2.0] rollout only seems to support devices made by Cupertino-based Apple. (See our previous story ‘San Fran & San Jose launch Wi-fi network to rival cellular‘). The problem, it seems, centres on the OTA [Over-The-Air] provisioning of HS 2.0 settings. Aggio tells GoMo News, “Android and other mobile operating systems don’t have the capability of getting HotSpot 2.0 configuration for over the air.” Continue reading

Lumia_635_USA Available for 1st time in USA – Nokia Lumia 635

First day after Independence Day – the 4G LTE Lumia phone on T-Mobile USA

In just three day’s time, the impressive Nokia Lumia 635 – loaded with Windows Phone 8.1 (WP8), Cortana, & SensorCore tech will become available in the United States of America for the first time. It will be available for use on T-Mobile’s fast 4G LTE network and offer a Windows Phone based fast performing smartphone at an affordable price. The successor to the Lumia 521, currently the best-selling Windows Phone on T-Mobile’s network, the Lumia 635 will be available for purchase for $0 down, $7 per month for 24 months. It will be sold starting July 5th [2014] via the Home Shopping Network. Then online at T-Mobile.com’s web site starting on July 9th whilst on July 16th, this smartphone can be found in T-Mobile retail stores in white. Finally, on July 18th it can be purached from selected MetroPCS stores. Continue reading

that's definitely a street map of Jakarta Upstream says Nokia is aiming X2 @ India

We say Nokia is competing vs Blackberry over Indonesia

Even though the original Nokia X is barely six months old, last week [June 24th 2014] the handset division of Microsoft launched the Nokia X2. It’s running what most observers refer to as a ‘forked’ version of Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) but this time it has a more Nokia/Microsoft style UI. It’s also avoiding Google’s Play app store as far as technically possible. If users aren’t content with the Nokia Store, then the handset vendor recommends other stores such as 1Mobile Market, Aptoide, SlideME, Mobango and Yandex. Now Vasileios Tziokas, marketing manager with Upstream reckons that Nokia is definitely targeting India with this device. Given that it should be priced sub INR 8,000 (€99) that seems a fair assumption. However, GoMo News thinks it has spotted a deliberate attempt to competing in Blackberry’s favourite market – Indonesia. Continue reading

that's definitely a street map of Jakarta Absolutely all Nokia X2 handset technical specs

Here’s the full Nokia X2 Dual SIM Technical specs

Dual SIM: Dual Standby SIM, Micro SIM
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 1.2 GHz dual-core
User Interface (UI): Nokia X Software Platform 2.0
Mobile OS: Nokia X (forked Android 4.3 Jelly Bean)
Display: 4.3” WVGA LCD (217 ppi) ClearBlack TrueColor (24-bit/16M)Aspect ratio: 16:9 screen Pixel density: 217ppi
Memory:1GB RAM plus 4GB eMMC removeable with support for 32GB SD card
Networks: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 WCDMA 900/2100 HSPA+ 21mbps/5.76mbps
Data Network speeds: WCDMA network: 900 MHz, 2100 MHz WCDMA max data speed DL: HSDPA – 21.1 Mbps WCDMA max data speed UL: HSUPA – 5.76 Mbps GSM network: 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz GSM max data speed DL: EGPRS 296.0 kbps GSM max data speed UL: EGPRS 236.8 kbps
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi security modes: EAP-TTLS/MSCHAPv2, WPA, WEP, PEAP-MSCHAPv2, WPA2 (AES/TKIP), WPA2-Enterprise, WPA2-Personal, EAP-TLS, WPA-Enterprise, WPA-Personal
Wi-Fi hotspot: Up to 8 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
USB: micro USB 2.0 port,
Bluetooth: 4.0 Bluetooth profiles – Headset profile (HSP) 1.2, Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) 1.0, Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) 1.2, General Audio/Video Distribution Profile (GAVDP) 1.2, File Transfer Profile (FTP), Personal Area Network Profile (PAN) 1.0, Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.3, Hands-free profile (HFP) 1.6, Human Interface Device Profile (HID), Object Push profile (OPP) 1.1
GPS: GPS/AGPS/GLONASS HERE Maps Navigation features: Free maps, Offline maps
Location technologies: Glonass, Cellular and Wi-Fi network positioning, A-GPS Continue reading

most powerful one-handed keyboard - lindholm Industry veteran Lindholm joins 5-TILES

Aims to help company provide the new standard for mobile keyboards

It seems that veteran mobile industry member, Christian Lindholm ,has decided to act as an investor and advisor to award-winning startup 5-TILES. The aim is to help 5-TILES become the leading choice of keyboard for any mobile device or wearable product. Lindholm previously held positions at Nokia, Fjord, and Yahoo Mobile. He is probably best known as the inventor of the Navi key, the user interface that was featured on many early Nokia phones. So who better to promote a keyboard designed specifically for mobile which has just five keys and takes up significantly less (70 per cent) space on a handset’s screen. Once you’ve learned to use 5-TILES, you can apparently reach typing speeds you’d expect from a full size keyboard. Continue reading

More rumours about Apple’s iWatch emerge

Speculation that Apple will finally release its vision of wearable technology in terms of a smartwatch – commonly beleived to be called the iWatch, have emerged once more. There have been multiple reports all suggesting that Apple’s smartwatch is finally becoming a step closer to reality with a Taiwanese company, Quanta Computers, will in the frame to starting production next month [July 2014]. Perhaps most signficantly, such a production schedule would almost certainly lead to first product availability for the iWatch as early as October [2014]. Continue reading

First reactions to Amazon’s Fire phone

Actually we think it’s Shazam that’s in deepest trouble

It’s amazing how dazzling Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, must be because the hype seems to have buried the fact that his company has launched a smartphone running a ‘forked’ version of Android. Um, just like that massive success the Nokia X, then? [Sarcasm]. Now GoMo News has read nothing to suggest that the new Amazon Fire smartphone when it is introduced will seriously damage Samsung or Google. Unlike Android which killed Symbian. The thing that strikes us most is the existence of ‘Firefly’ as an app on this phone. This facility can apparently identify songs. Continue reading

source: Android Calls BBM spotted on Lumia 630 leaked screenshot

So BBM for Windows Phone can’t be that far away

Although BlackBerry itself promised back in February [2014] that a version of BBM [BlackBerry Messenger] for the Windows Phone OS would become available “as a free download for Windows Phone users this summer,” it’s now June. And no sign of it quite yet. But there’s good news. A teaser for Nokia’s Lumia 630 has leaked out. And guess what? One of the screen shots clearly shows that BBM will be pre-loaded in the ‘Social’ sector of the smartphone’s UI. The important bit here is that the Lumia 630 is very definitely a Windows Phone 8.1 (WP8) handset so existing WP7/8 users shouldn’t have too long to wait for a generic version of the app. Especially since all the indications are that the Nokia 630 will ship very soon. Continue reading

Rachael_dane Guest Post: Motorola’s Moto G – more value than the price

Designed for emerging but doing well in developed markets

by Racheal Dane, a blogger & marketer who works with StealthMate

Motorola may have been targeting the market in the developing countries with the Moto G, a budget variant of Moto X, but this mobile phone shows a lot of promise and the chance to make an impact even in developed countries. There is plenty to love about the budget phone, being offered at under $200 across the globe, though there are some compromises that users may want to settle for. 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