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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

moto-G-lte Latest Moto G to work on EE’s 4G

Great news for Brit based Moto fans [Updated]

Having just revealed that its Moto G model is the company’s best-selling smartphone ever, Motorola has released some very good news for us Brits. Namely that it has added an LTE (and therefore 4G) capability to the very latest version of its Moto G handset. Motorola refers to the freshest reincarnation of the Moto G  as ‘second generation’. Anyway, by adding support for LTE to the Moto G, this cost competitive smartphone can now be used on all of the UK’s 4G networks. Even EE – which uses the slightly unusual Band 3 (1800 MHz) version of LTE to provide a 4G network. Continue reading

MOTO_G_2ND The new Moto G now with 4G LTE

Exceptional phone; exceptional price – now faster

Press release

March 10th 2015: When Motorola launched the Moto G in 2013, it flipped the mobile industry on its head. Motorola proved that a truly great smartphone experience isn’t just a luxury for the few, but a choice for everyone. People around the world were thrilled. Its premium experience, combined with its exceptional price, has made the Moto G the company’s best-selling smartphone ever. Building off the success of the original, Motorola has recently announced here the second-generation Moto G with a larger, sharper display and an SD slot for expandable storage, among other features. Now, Motorola is offering consumers even more choice with the addition of 4G LTE speed to Moto G. Continue reading

merges hardware & software like never before - ive Apple Watch available in nine countries on April 24th

Press release

March 9th 2015. Apple has announced that Apple Watch, its most personal device yet and the newest innovative addition to Apple’s ecosystem, will be available on Friday April 24th [2015] to customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the USA. Apple Watch is an incredibly accurate timepiece, an intimate and immediate communication device and a groundbreaking health and fitness companion. Highly customisable for personal expression, Apple Watch also brings an entirely new way to receive information at a glance and interact with the world through third-party app experiences designed specifically for the wrist. Continue reading

blackberry_leap BlackBerry introduces BlackBerry Leap

Press release
Intended for young mobile professionals who value security & privacy
Modern & powerful design package

New five-inch all-touch smartphone with BlackBerry 10.3.1 OS, long battery life and best-in-class virtual keyboard optimizes personal productivity and control

March 3rd 2015. BlackBerry Limited, a global leader in mobile communications, has introduced the new BlackBerry Leap smartphone for 4G LTE networks. The BlackBerry Leap is an affordable all-touch smartphone in a modern and powerful design that is built for career builders and companies who value security and privacy when pushing their productivity to the next level. Continue reading

- clemmer Apple’s NFC supplier NXP to merge with Freescale

Ex-Philips firm to combine with ex-Motorola one

Probably best known in the mobile industry as the provider of NFC chips for Apple’s first Near Field Communication handset – the iPhone 6, NXP Semiconductors is set to merge with another chip specialist. The target is Freescale which is a former division of former mobile giant – Motorola. NXP itself was once part of the Dutch Philips Group. The driver behind this particular move? GoMo News thinks it is almost certainly related to the growing buzz around the Internet of Things [IoT] – formerly known as M2M [Machine-to-Machine] communications. NXP’s merger with Freescale creates a group which has a market capitalisation of roughly $40 billion. Continue reading

Samsung’s handset division loses its shine

Launches handsets aimed directly at Indian market, though

Fir the first time since 2011, Samsung Electronics has announced an annual profit decline. And the clear culprit was Samsung’s handset division which could even be overtaken by its semiconductor division. In an admission that the Korean World Number One handset maker knows where the key battleground is, the company launched a number of handsets – including the A3 and A5, last week specifically aimed at India. Those are mid-range and entry phones whereas Samsung’s next flagship smartphone – obviously to be called the Galaxy S6, should make an appearance within the next few months? probably at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona we would guess. Continue reading

Xiaomi proves credentials as handset dark horse

Makes rivals such as Lenovo look like minnows

Here in GoMo Towers we have been quietly following the fortunes of Chinese smartphone maker, Xiaomi. Especially in the Indian market. But we weren’t quite ready for its tremendous success in the financial markets. The company has just raised $45 billion in VC money. To put that in perspective, massive disruptive app producer, Uber, which is even based in San Francisco but only managed $40 billion by comparison. Arch rival to Xiaomi is the familiar name of Lenovo. Continue reading

2015 will finally be year of nfc 1st Top Ten Techie predictions for 2015

Juniper Research glazes into its crystal ball

As the end of 2014 draws nearer, the temptation to produce a Top Ten list of predictions becomes overwhelming and the first to cave in is UK based analyst firm, Juniper Research. Our favourite is the prediction that 2015 will be ‘The Year of NFC [Near Field Communication]‘- at last! More intriguing is the suggestion that 2015 will be the year in which budget phablets and smartphones go global. Another trend that Juniper has spotted is that Juniper anticipates that 2015 will be the year that location based services move indoors. Deep linking inside apps is destined to become mega, too. Continue reading

seth's photo is in the post Guest Post: The iPhone 6 is not such a babe when it comes to innovation

by Miruna Gheorgita, a writer with Cellz

The iPhone 6 frenzy took over the internet mainly with high praise. Much of it detailed the evolutionary approach that Apple blew people away with. But seriously now, let’s focus some objectivism over the facts and draw a realistic conclusion on where Apple stands with its newly announced iPhone 6. Apple products have always combated criticism by being great looking above all and for representing what once was a real definition on what novelty is. Today, we have the iPhone 6 which brings novelty only for being the most debated subject amongst technology geeks, for the last months. As a quick overview, all features this cutie brings have nothing to do with out of the box design, attributes and technology. Continue reading

iPhone5 cached iPhone 6 prices disappear from Apple Store

On the first day of pre-ordering these iconic handsets

Just when it would be really useful to know how much the very latest iPhone models from Apple are going to set you back [cost], it seems that Apple has temporarily pulled the information from its online Apple Store this morning [September 12th 2014]. Of course, nothing is safe once it has been published on the Net and so it was extremely easy to get the prices from the cached page which Google offers. For us Brits [UK citizens], the prices range from £539 ($877) for an entry level iPhone 6 with 16GB of storage to £789 ($1,283) for an iPhone 6 Plus with 128GB of storage. These prices are SIM free (Unlocked), of course. Continue reading

Apple fanbois will  welcome sapphire glass - ebbett Gadget insurer hoping for sapphire glass on iPhone 6

Amazing insurance claim stats from Protect Your Bubble

It will probably save specialist gadget insurer Protect Your Bubble a small fortune if the next iPhone handset released by Apple (probably called the iPhone 6 rather than 5Z), boasts a more sturdy build. Hence the insurer has its corporate fingers crossed that rumours that the iPhone 6 will feature a sapphire glass (as opposed to Gorilla Glass, it seems) screen are true. That’s because the insure has found that damage claims now make up more than six in 10 (62 per cent) of the claims the insurer receives. Just to be on the safe side the insurer commissioned a YouGov online poll. Continue reading