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GoMo can confirm Lollipop update for UK LG G3

Our man of Bluetooth fame shows off Android v5 to GoMo

Keen GoMo News reader, Roger Newman of Apex Car Hire here in Ewell [UK] has demonstrated his newly upgraded LG G3 handset to us. It is now running Lollipop – Android version 5.0. So reports that owners of LG’s flagship handset will receive the update ahead of other brands have proved to be true. Mr Newman had the upgrade up and running on December 19th [2014]. Roger has previously fed GoMo News with some excellent hot tips such as our story – ‘Bluetooth blues – Nexus 4 users just turn off Wi-fi‘ which proved extremely popular with readers. So when Roger tells us that one side effect of the upgrade is that internet access over cellular has sped up, then we definitely believe him. Reports that battery life has also improved were too early for Mr Newman to confirm but the evidence is pointing that way for sure. Continue reading

extending support for indirect B2B sales - mcquade EE acquires Mainline to boost business sales strategy

EE has acquired Mainline Communications Group PLC, one of the leading communications distributors in the UK, to support EE’s ambition to be the number one communications provider for business

EE remains committed to its B2B channel partners, with Mainline’s systems and capabilities improving dealers’ ability to work more efficiently with EE

The deal represents a major part of EE’s strategic multi-million pound investment into its B2B channel capabilities

Press release

December 19th 2014, As part of its strategy to be the communications provider of choice for business, EE has acquired Mainline Communications Group PLC, one of the leading communications distributors in the UK.EE’s B2B channel partners have helped to drive continued adoption of 4G products and services in the business market, and EE is committed to the channel’s role in driving market share. Continue reading

Market welcomes the BlackBerry Classic

GoMo News always said emailers need keyboards

It seems that BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen has recognised the value of the company’s core skills by launching a handset which harks back to a BlackBerry’s key feature – namely that it boasts a full Qwerty keyboard/keypad. Hence, the Canadian based smartphone supplier has just launched a new model – the BlackBerry Classic. What is it’s USP [Unique Selling Point]? Answer – very obviously the fact that this device isn’t touchscreen driven – it boasts a keyboard. As Rob Kerr, mobiles expert with uSwitch.com observes, “Like its Passport phone, the mobile maker has gone back to its roots with the Classic – furnishing it with the physical keyboard that so many appreciate in the touchscreen era.” Here at GoMo Towers all we can say is – “Told You so”. Continue reading

CES ’15 Las Vegas will have mobile theme

Keynote panel speakers include Qualcomm’s Mollenkopf

It seems that the US based Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has noticed that ‘mobile’ is making a serious impact on the markets that its members sell into. Especially when you interpret ‘mobile’ not just as cellular but as portable computing of all shades – i.e. tablets. So it should come as no surprise to learn that a keynote panel discussion due to be held at 1pm on the first day [January 6th 2015] of the CEA’s Las Vegas located International CES ’15 show is entitled, ‘How mobile is fundamentally changing our world’. The panel will feature executives from Qualcomm, Electrolux, General Motors, and Philips. Continue reading

clear warning to vodafone, sky & virgin - pescatore Actually BT goes for EE as its MNO

UK Teleco picks UK’s largest 4G operator rather than old mobile arm

In something of a turn up for the books, former UK entrenched Teleco, BT, has announced plans to acquire EE – the UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator] for £12.5 billion. The deal will be partly funded by a share swap but BT will have to raise around £7.3 billion in cash. France Telecom/Orange will take a four per cent stake in BT, and Deutsche Telekom will take a 12 per cent stake. The irony here is that UK comms regulator, Ofcom, originally handed a massive lead in 4G to a Franco-German owned MNO (EE) but it has now been acquired by a UK firm. EE still has a massive lead in 4G customer acquisition. Most observers ( Including GoMo News) thought that BT would opt for rival UK MNO, O2, instead. Continue reading

BT to chose between EE & O2 this week

GoMo has always said that O2 is the obvious choice

A report in the Sunday Times here, claims that former entrenched UK telecoms operator, BT [British Telecommunication] will decide in the next few days to show its hand. The company wants to buy a UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator] and GoMo News has always maintained that BT has long regretted its decision to float off its mobile arm – eventually acquired as O2 by Telefonica. Back in December 2013, GoMo News wrote, “We’ve long known that BT (formerly British Telecommunications) has rued the day it decided to sell off its mobile phone network.” So the chances of BT picking EE instead appear extremely thin. Continue reading

http://51degrees.com/Portals/0/EasyGalleryImages/1/164/US%20EReader%20Popularity%20October%202014.png?width=776 Amazon continues to dominate the ereader market in USA

Latest findings from 51Dergrees’ Chart of the Week

After a somewhat hectic time, our great friends at 51Degrees.mobi have restarted the production of the company’s splendid Chart of the Week [CoTW]. This week the company decided to look at ereader traffic in the USA. Hardly surprisingly, the first generation Kindle is still the most popular e-reader device used for web access in the USA. Almost 61 per cent of all ereader web traffic originated from first generation Kindle devices.Rather unexpectedly, Barnes and Noble has held onto a serious chunk of the US market with 33.8 per cent of total traffic. Continue reading

Marek_Pawlowski Guest Post: Thoughts on smartwatches’ poor retail experience

by Marek Pawlowski, founder of MEX

My first impressions of Motorola’s Moto 360 smartwatch were disappointing. The screen is more pixelated than I expected and the materials lack the weight and solidity to suggest quality. It’s not bad, and it’s probably the best feeling smartwatch on the market today [December 10th 2014]. But that’s more a reflection on the weakness of the wider selection. Let’s put it this way: it’s not a classic in the making. I believe that the relatively poor quality of the current generation of smartwatches is one of the reasons they remain confined to a niche of early adopters despite the launch of numerous models and falling prices this year [2014]. 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

VidiXplore’s new video tool for storytellers

Free online video tool disrupts the traditional take on search engine optimisation (SEO)

Press Release

December 9th 2014. VidiXplore, a free online video tool that redefines videoSEO and team collaboration has launched its first version. Designed for professional and private users it finds and organises video content on desktops and in the cloud. VidiXplore automatically indexes speech, subtitles, manual tags, logos and faces. The patented video data management technology behind VidiXplore is first of its kind and will considerably change how video content is found and distributed on the Internet. Continue reading

Motorola_update GoMo still waiting for Moto G’s Lollipop update

Hopeful of being amongst the first to get it

Thanks to the previously close relationship between Motorola – the handset maker and Google – the author of the Android MOS [Mobile Operating System], it was fairly reasonable to expect that Motorola’s most popular handsets would be amongst the first to get the latest MOS upgrade. To Android v5.0 (Lollipop), that is. So here at GoMo Towers we were pretty pleased to find an official announcement from Motorola here which specifically mentioned the Moto G (1st & 2nd Gen plus LTE version) and the Moto X (1st & 2nd Gen) as being in line for the Lollipop upgrade. The others are the Moto E, along with the Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Droid Mini. In our case, with the Moto G it hasn’t happened yet but we are pretty hopeful. Read on to see why … Continue reading

all these  technologies are available right now - balcombe Wearable fitness gadgets under Xmas tree in ’14

Not all will be smartphone compatible, though

It appears to be a safe bet that wearable fitness gadgets will prove a popular choice amongst Brits as presents for loved ones this Xmas [Holidays] season. According to research from Kantar a total of 6.7 million adults in the UK are using gadgets or smartphone apps currently being used to monitor health – such as checking heart rate, food intake and activity levels. Juniper Research, of course, predicts that fitness devices will remain the dominant wearables segment until 2018 when smartwatches should take over. A Sunday Telegraph article by Marion Dakers here, speculates that insurance companies might tap into data gathered by such health monitors to fine tune their premiums. Continue reading

Smartwatch to overtake fitness device in 2018 says Juniper

Over 70 million wearable devices will be in use by then

Fitness wearables in use will almost treble by 2018, compared to an estimated 19 million being used in 2014, according to a new report from Juniper Research. Juniper predicts that fitness devices will remain the dominant wearables segment until 2018 – driven by intuitive usage and lower retail prices. Nevertheless, the broader appeal of smartwatches will mean that they will be become more popular in later years. The Juniper report is entitled ‘Smart Health & Fitness Wearables: Device Strategies, Trends & Forecasts 2014-2019‘. Continue reading

Camilo_Castano Tweakker establishes Dutch footprint with MVNE Teleena

Strategic partnership enables Teleena to offer Tweakker’s effective, affordable cloud-based customer care connectivity solutions to cable companies, MNOs & MVNOs

Press release

December 2nd 2014. Spirent Communications’ mobile connectivity business unit Tweakker has announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Teleena, the leading Dutch mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) and provider of mobile data services. The partnership helps to extend Tweakker’s mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) footprint on a local and global level while empowering Teleena to adopt and offer Tweakker’s connectivity platform of mobile devices to its customer base. The cloud-based platform contains one of the largest customer connectivity portfolios in the world. Continue reading

Three may buy UK MNO for its 2G network

It could all boil down to which MNO BT decides to buy

The whole of the UK’s MNO [mobile network operator] ecosystem is in a state of flux thanks to the news that former entrenched UK telecoms operator, BT [British Telecommunications] is in the market to buy either O2 or EE. Now GoMo News has always maintained that BT has long nursed a desire to buy back its form cellular network (Formerly Cellnet and now O2). But it now seems that Three (3UK) might step into the middle of negotiations? Why? Well, has built its own 3G/4G network in the UK but is obliged to rent space on another UK MNO’s network in areas where its own networks lack coverage. Continue reading