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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

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