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Mobile Messaging

Outlook_screen Microsoft to end Outlook Andriod app support pre ICS/4.0

Beast of Redmond slips back into its old ways

It seems that Microsoft is planning to end support for the old version of its Outlook app for Android on handsets which cannot run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or above. This is due to happen on on July 31st [2015]. So it’s a jolly good idea for consumers to ensure that their Android handsets are running Version 1.2.23 of the Outlook which is the very latest version of the app that appeared on June 25th [2015]. Download it from here. Versions installed before January 29th [2015] (when it also introduced Outlook for iOS) will shortly become defunct, therefore. This doesn’t leave owners of older Android handsets high and dry, however. There are ways around the problem, of course. However, its is indicative of Redmond based Microsoft’s attitude to customers who can’t be bothered to update their hardware. Much like those still running Windows XP on perfectly good PCs. Continue reading

Mail on Sunday calls for action over bill shock

MNOs should bring security & protection in line with banks

The leading UK national newspaper, the Mail on Sunday, has called for more protection for consumers over ‘bill shock’. This follows a complaint from a British woman, Laura Harris, over a £2,000 ($3,100) bill she managed to run up with local MNO[Mobile Network Operator], Vodafone. The worrying thing is that she managed this feat mostly by linking her Apple iPhone to a Microsoft Exchange email server. She discovered the cause by contacting a specialist firm, Forensic Mobile Services, which claimed that “Exchange email services have known technical issues that can result in high data usage when used on Apple devices.” Known by whom, GoMo News would like to know? Anyway, Ms Harris and the Daily Mail (here) have subsequently called for UK MNOs to bring security and protection in line with banks [financial institutions]. Continue reading

hi - dharia Ovum expects little EC opposition to Facebook/WhatsApp tie up

SMS cannibalisation and pending WhatsApp VoIP are the issues

At the request of Facebook itself, The European Commission (EC) has begun its investigation into Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp. Facebook itself wants to ensure an uninterrupted functioning of the service post the acquisition throughout Europe. The EC has requested feedback on the deal from key regulators, mobile operators and OTT players. By approaching the EC directly, Facebook hopes to address any concerns at a macro level rather across multiple markets within Europe. “Ovum does not expect the deal to face much trouble due to this investigation but expects further guidelines around personal data protection for WhatsApp users,” observed Neha Dharia, a senior analyst for consumer services with telecoms specialist analyst, Ovum. Instead, SMS cannibalisation and the pending WhatsApp VoIP offering are the main issues. Continue reading

spot the old messenger contacts Microsoft kills off MSN Messenger

Bows to fact that apps are now key to IM popularity

It appears that Microsoft has decided to call a complete halt to its legacy IM [Instant Messaging] service which started out life as MSN Messenger and eventually mutated into Windows Live Messenger. The company seems to be bowing to harsh realities. MSN got its boost because it was bundled with the Windows OS. Today, it is the mobile apps which dictate fashion. Anyway, Microsoft doesn’t really need two separate IM systems. It has an excellent one which came with Skype – a service which it acquired for $8.5 billion (£5.1 billion) back in 2012. The only surviving version of the MSN service is being switched off in mainland China on October 31st [2014] after 15 years. Continue reading

once upon a time there was a skype client for bb7 Microsoft could well release Skype for BlackBerry Playbook

Stranger things have happened in the mobile marketplace

Here at GoMo Towers we’ve been mulling over the various unholy [unlikely] alliances that have sprung up in the mobile space of late. One of these is the link between BlackBerry and Microsoft. Formerly arch rivals, BlackBerry finally did Microsoft a favour this month [August 2014] by releasing a client for its instant messaging [IM] service – BBM, which works under Windows Phone 8 [WP8]. That event was some six months after GoMo News had predicted it would happen here. Now Skype (which is owned by Microsoft) already offers a software client which will run on BB10 devices. But GoMo News feels that it might also produce a version for legacy BlackBerry devices which would, of course, include BlackBerry’s original tablet – the PlayBook. Continue reading

WeChat catching WhatsApp fast

Tencent enjoying major games revenue boost from IM client

China’s Tencent (part of China’s BAT triumvirate along with Baidu and Alibaba) has witnessed significant growth thats to revenues from gaming inside its WeChat IM [Instant Messaging] client along with its social networking client – Mobile QQ. Perhaps the most significant news is the fact that the userbase for WeChat has ballooned up from 396 million in Q1 2014 to 438 million in Q2 2014. That’s well within reach of WhatsApp’s current total of circa 500 million users which currently makes it the leader in the IM niche market. It’s also goood news for Nokia N73 owners as GoMo News previously outlined here, that smartphone is popular with our Indian readers but cannot run WhatsApp. But it can run WeChat. Continue reading

most advanced mobile communications - shin Samsung electronics becomes 1st smartphone provider to achieve joyn Blackbird accreditation

joyn Blackbird brings latest RCS standard of advanced messaging and calling features to Samsung Galaxy devices on all networks

Press release

August 1st 2014. Samsung Electronics is pleased to be recognised as the first smartphone provider accredited with joyn Blackbird from the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA), the latest level of accreditation among Rich Communications Services (RCS)-based services. As the only company among smartphone providers and RCS-based application developers currently joyn Blackbird accredited, Samsung again proves it is at the forefront of the fastest mobile technology. The incorporation of joyn Blackbird provides Samsung Galaxy owners on major operators’ networks with more stable and convenient chat, live video and file sharing capabilities. Continue reading

nokia even shows whatsapp in 630 promo pic - bottom left Nokia WhatsApp worries spread to latest Lumias

A legacy from the N73 which can’t run WhatsApp

Well, we’ve seen it all now.Worries about the ability of Nokia handsets to run the highly popular WhatsApp IM [Instant Messaging] client have now spread to the latest Lumia 630. Reader, Jazzny, asks … “Does Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM have WhatsApp? Coz I wanna buy it.” Well, Jazzny, the answer is a massive “Yes“. not only does the Lumia 630 have the ability to run WhatsApp, the app itself comes already pre-installed on this handset. As is the case with most recent Lumias. In addition to WhatsApp, supported IM clients also include Skype IM, WeChat, Viber, LINE, MySpace, Twitter, and Yahoo! Messenger. Continue reading

shows our commitment to cross-platform - sims BBM now available for some Windows Phone (ie WP8) users

Only works on WP8 and higher

Press release

July 31st 2014. BlackBerry, a global leader in mobile communications, has announced a collaboration with Microsoft to bring BBM to Windows Phone 8 and higher. “We are intent on bringing the most popular application experiences to Windows Phone, and with BBM, we are pleased to bring many of its top features to the Windows Phone platform,” said Bryan Biniak, vp & general manager for developer experience with Microsoft. “BBM on Windows Phone brings our customers the secure, easy-to-use messaging experience they demand, and we expect that new features will roll out in the months to come.” Continue reading

it's a very exciting time - whelan txtNation Absorbs PushMobileMarketing Ltd

Press release

April 24th 2014. txtNation has absorbed Manchester [UK] based mobile messaging company, PushMobileMarketing Ltd in a move that sees Paul Adams, PushMobileMarketing’s md, appointed as head of messaging at txtNation. This comes as part of the award-winning mobile billing and messaging provider’s push to scale up its mobile messaging division. Continue reading

ads cannot eat users' gigabytes - vila A new IM service that’s simply quackkers

Quack! app is brill delivery mechanism for video ads

About the last thing you’d ever expect to be launched into the mobile industry would be yet another IM [Instant Messaging] service. Yet speaking to Fernando Vila and Guillermo Cardona (founder and international development manager respectively) of Quack! Messenger last week [July 2014], GoMo News was convinced the company had a strong future.They weren’t crackers! Why? Because Quack! isn’t just about messaging. It’s a clever way of delivering rich media ads plus it’s a really attractive revenue share model. There’s also some pretty neat technology behind the delivery of the ads to the IM client app. GoMo News also saw the best demo of a video ad running on a regular smartphone we’ve seen to date. Continue reading

whatsapp-missing-on-bada Indian N73 users still desperate for whatsApp

You’re not alone – so are Samsung bada owners

Recently, GoMo News reader, Pandurang Ghuge, asked us … “I want to know is why isn’t the developer of Whatsapp trying to develop the compatible software for running on an N73 device? And will any solution be found for this?” Short answer – No. He should have read our ‘Nokia N73 updates & WhatsApp help page‘. Despite numerous requests for the N73 to be supported, WhatsApp still hasn’t produced a version that will run on that old Nokia handset. If you don’t believe us go here on the WhatsApp support page. If it’s any consolation, you guys aren’t alone. Bada fanbois are begging for WhatsApp, too. Continue reading

revolutionises the mobile marketing space - troyano Quack! Messenger – IM app that shares advertising revenue with users expands into the UK

New instant messaging app shares advertising revenue with users
Users rewarded for frequency and length of conversations on a monthly basis
High quality ‘wanted advertising’ played as users chat without interruption

Press release

July 09th 2014: Quack! Messenger, the instant messaging app that shares advertising revenue with its users, has officially launched in the UK. The app, already successful in Spain and Italy, rewards users for contacting friends and family while broadcasting tailored and high-quality ‘wanted advertising’ to their devices without interrupting conversations. Quack! Messenger is available for free download on Android and iPhone and allows users to share images and videos. Continue reading

bbm protected is ideal for bankers - oezdemir BlackBerry delivers on eBBM Suite

Company launches BBM Protected for secure enterprise messaging

Press release

June 16th 2014. Blackberry Limited, a global leader in mobile communications, has announced the availability of BBM Protected, the first solution in the eBBM Suite for secure enterprise-class messaging. The eBBM Suite is a new family of BBM products and services built for business that bring together the convenience and usability of BBM with the additional security and compliance required by enterprise customers. The eBBM Suite will include new services designed to enable mobile workers to be more productive on the go, while meeting enterprises’ needs for security, manageability and control. The first product in the eBBM Suite which was announced earlier this year [2014], BBM Protected, is being delivered ahead of schedule. Continue reading

BBM for Windows Phone will def be out in July says Chen

Canadian company’s CEO tells financial analysts the latest tidbits

It appears that current Blackberry CEO, John Chen, favours leaking out information about the struggling Canadian smartphone supplier’s fortunes during cozy chats with financial analysts. His audience is concerned mainly with figures but lots of little snippets have emerged from the session. Such as the fact that the Windows Phone version of BBM will finally emerge in July [2014]. Plus there is something called BBM Meetings set to emerge soon afterwards. Not quite sure what Meetings provides but it will be followed by a new BlackBerry phablet which was previously codenamed Windermere and is now revealed as the Passport. That device should be launched during September in London [UK]. Continue reading