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Chinese office to be powerhouse - poulsen Chinese MVNOs big lure for mobile connectivity firm

Tweaker eyes up 25+ MVNOs coming onto Chinese market

As regular GoMo News will already know, the tide is turning against the established mobile phone makers – such as Samsung and Apple, towards local handset manufacturers in emerging markets. So focusing on China makes a great deal of sense for numerous reasons. Brands like BlackBerry and Apple already have their products made in China under contract, for example. Plus there is a new phenomenon just emerging in the Chinese market – the rise of the MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator]. Which is why handset connectivity software specialist, Tweakker has just announced a new focus on the region. Continue reading

use the chant, luke Charge your phone & answer it in bathroom

Solution for Brits with no mains outlets in the washroom

Over here in Blighty [England], there’s a perennial problem of what to do if your mobile phone has run out of charge but you still need to answer it. Plus – worst of all, you need to be in the bathroom [washroom] so you can shave to get to work, for example. The laws in the UK prevent anyone installing electrical outlets for anything other than an electric shaver. So you can’t plug you mobile phone in anywhere in the bathroom. And, of course, you can’t shower or shave if you have a Bluetooth headset attached to your ear! We found the answer courtesy of the Chant Bluetooth speaker from the House of Marley. Continue reading

protecting both connectors on the Leef GoMo discovers Leef Bridge 3.0 is the missing link

Twixt our Windows laptop and our Moto G Android phone that is

Here at GoMo Towers, we reckon anyone who owns both an Android smartphone and/or tablet along with a Windows based PC is going to wonder how he or she ever managed without a Leef Bridge 3.0. That’s because it is the simplest way of moving or sharing data files between the two seemingly incompatible worlds. As we mentioned in our previous story here, the device has been available in the USA for a while but it has only just arrived in the UK. So the maker kindly loaned us one. Leef says that the device requires Android Jelly Bean (v 4.1) or above. But the other important criteria is that the Android device supports USB OTG. Continue reading

ibm had finerprint recognition back in 2004 Next iPads will have fingerprint recognition

Should also be packed slid with IBM sourced apps

Cupertino’s finest – Apple, thrives on the hype it manages to create amongst its loyal followers – the Apple fanbois. It also relies on intense media speculation about its forthcoming products such as the alleged iPhone 6 which should make its appearance on September 9th [2014]. Given that the products are actually made by contractors in China, you’d kind of expect major leaks of photos showing what its new products look like but to date there’s been nothing which looks 100 per cent genuine. So instead, Apple fanbois have been contenting themselves with rumours about the next generation of iPad branded tablets. Which might be launched separately in October [2014]. And feature fingerprint recognition plus software sourced from IBM. Continue reading

battery probs with moto g after update GoMo experiences battery drain issues with Moto G update

We need to install some serious tools after KiTKat 4.4.4 upgrade

Initially, here at GoMo Towers we were over the moon [joyous] when our loan Moto G from Motorola received the message that an update existed that would take this iconic smartphone up to the very latest version of the Android mobile OS – v4.4 KitKat. We’d hoped for significant improvements and in one sense we weren’t disappointed. We really like the Updated Phone dialler. However, the downside was that the poor little Moto G’s processor almost went into meltdown mode (literally). The handset got very hot an battery life dropped sub 12 hours. So we got in touch with Motorola. Continue reading

micromax ad mocking apple Xiaomi & Micromax will challenge the current smartphone Big 2

Fitch predicts Apple & Samsung’s handset marketshare will stagnate

It seems that the Big Two smartphone vendors – Apple & Samsung are going to be facing a very tough future thanks to competition in emerging markets. As a consequence, Fitch Ratings is predicting that local handset makers such as China’s Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Huawei along with India’s Micromax will become the main competitors for Apple and Samsung. Locally manufactured devices retailing at $100 to $300 can offer virtually all of the key features of big brand smartphones. Plus Fitch also believes that the forthcoming iPhone 6 probably won’t do enough to bolster Apple. Continue reading

a panoramic from the derby day An inexpensive solution for smartphone panoramic shots

The Panoramic Pod works with any decent cameraphone

Having mentioned the existence of the Panoramic Pod before here, we were delighted when I Want One of Those (IWOOT) offered to send us a sample for testing purposes. The device is plainly inexpensive (about $26 or £15.99) and we soon discovered why – it’s not very tall, standing at some five inches (13 cm) high. But it very definitely works and here at GoMo Towers we were more than happy with the results. Despite IWOOT claiming that the Pod is “compatible with Apple and Android smartphones”, it’s near universal and would definitely work with one of Nokia’s mega cameraphones like the Lumia 1020, for example. Continue reading

best hardware with a unique twist - lau OnePlus announces official partnership with CyanogenMod

New mobile startup announces software partner for upcoming flagship

Press release

January 7th 2014. Pete Lau, CEO of OnePlus, and Steve Kondik, CTO of Cyanogen, have announced the official partnership of OnePlus and Cyanogen Inc. for OnePlus’ flagship device. The CyanogenMod team will develop a customized software experience with specially designed features and exciting new elements debuting on the first OnePlus phone. Continue reading

Leef Bridge 3.0 Leef solves the PC to Android content moving problem

Easily watch downloaded videos on an Android device

As anyone who has owned an Android based device will know, moving content between a handset or tablet and other device formats (such as Mac & PCs) is an infuriating process. Standard practice is to transfer files as email attachments or to use cloud services such as SkyDrive. Or mess around with Bluetooth or Wi-fi. Well the folks at Leef obviously had a brainwave and have come up with a nifty little solution in the shape of the Leef’s Bridge 3.0. Which will shortly become available in the UK. Continue reading

unified emm could have saved the bbc's robinson Unified EMM helps with lost mobile devices

It’s a kind of BYOD on steroids for getting your handset back

IT departments have always been keen on their TLAs [Three letter Acronyms] as a way of convincing management that their services are vital. In the mobile age, nothing has changed it seems. GoMo News has just been contacted by FrontRange who inform us that a “Unified EMM solution is a must for IT organisations.” EMM stands for enterprise mobility management, of course. To back up this claim, FrontRange quotes a recent survey of IT organisations which found that nearly 42 per cent of them believe a unified EMM solution is crucial to their business. Actually, when you research what unified EMM is, they are probably right. Continue reading

don't take iPhone 6 tips from Brit comedians like Ali G iPhone 6 probable launch date of September 9th

Of course, Cupertino’s finest might call it the iPhone 5Z

A very accurate way of predicting when Apple will perform its annual handset launch (because it is a creature of great habit) is to discover when it is planning its next major media event. Which is exactly what Recode did and it has reported the next big media event is scheduled for September 9th [2014]. Naturally, everyone expects this next handset to be called the iPhone 6. GoMo News is hedging its bets, however, because we followed comedian Ali G in 2012 and predicted here that the iPhone 6 would appear in 2013. Instead we got the 5c and 5s. So we could have a 5z and a 5x in 2014. Continue reading

racheal's photo is in the post Guest Post: Microsoft’s 1st phone after Nokia acquisition – Lumia 530

by Priyanka Jaiswal, a blogger who works with MyPriceIndia

Microsoft announced the Nokia Lumia 530 Single SIM and Lumia 530 Dual SIM smartphones on 23th July [2014]. This model is Microsoft’s first Windows Phone handset in the Lumia series after it had acquired Nokia. By contrast, the Lumia 630 was announced just few days before the deal of Nokia acquisition closed. Lumia 530 is a budget Windows smartphone which is announced with the ever lowest price in Lumia series. It is priced at around INR 6840 ($114). This phone should hit the shelves of mobile phone stores this month [August 2014]. Continue reading

juniper-logo Smartphone sales surging ahead says Juniper

Apple & Samsung decline vs Huawei, LG & Lenovo rise

According to Juniper Research Whilst global smartphone shipments exceeded 290 million units in Q2 2014, Samsung and Apple both lost market share. The chief beneficiaries were Huawei, LG and Lenovo. Significantly, Juniper anticipates that emerging nations in Far East & China, Indian Subcontinent, Latin America and Africa & Middle East will account for over 50 per cent of the global smartphones shipped in 2014. The 290m million represented 26 per cent y-o-y [year-on-year] growth and 2 per cent q-o-q [quarter-on-quarter] growth. Continue reading

- 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