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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

Vijay_Gaur Guest Post: What’s in iOS 8 that is good for developers

by Vijay Gaur, a marketing expert with Moability

Apple’s iOS 8 was unveiled on June 2nd [2014] by Apple at the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) where its first beta version was shared with developers. Less than three weeks after its public appearance, the company has since released a new iOS 8 beta version 2. Apple iPhone owners from across the globe are keeping their fingers crossed in anticipation of the official release. Meanwhile software developers and testers are enjoying a free-spirited run toying with the eagerly-awaited new version of the iOS. So what’s in the iOS that is great for developers? I’ll take a look below. Continue reading

amazing new developers tools - federighi Apple unveils iOS 8 – the biggest release since the launch of the App Store

Introduces iCloud photo library, new Messages features & new health app

Press Release

June 2nd 2014. Apple has unveiled iOS 8, the biggest release since the launch of the App Store, giving users incredible new features and developers the tools to create amazing new apps. iOS 8 delivers a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience, including iCloud Photo Library, allowing you to enjoy your photos and videos more easily across your devices; new Messages features to easily share voice, video or photos with just a swipe; and an entirely new Health app that gives you a clear overview of your health and fitness data all in one place. iOS 8 also includes predictive typing for Apple’s QuickType keyboard; Family Sharing, the easiest way to share purchases, photos and calendars within the same household; and iCloud Drive, so you can store files and access them from anywhere. Continue reading

SamsungZ-front Tech specs for 1st ever Tizen phone from Samsung

Samsung’s first smartphone based on the Tizen OS – the Samsung Z was formally announced 0n June 2nd 2014

Tech Specs

Mobile OS: Tizen 2.2.1
Network: LTE Cat.4 (150/50Mbps)
Display: 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED (1280 x 720)
Processor : 2.3GHz Quad core application processor
Memory: RAM: 2GB
Internal Memory: 16GB, microSD slot up to 64GB
Camera: 8MP(rear), 2.1MP (front) Continue reading

Samsung_Z Samsung launches industry’s first tizen smartphone – the Samsung Z

Samsung Z offers a unique experience with advanced web performance and usability

Press release

June 2nd 2014. Samsung Electronics has introduced the Samsung Z, the first commercially available smartphone powered by the Tizen platform [read our Tizen 101]. The Samsung Z will be on show at the Tizen Developer Conference, San Francisco, USA from June 3rd [2014}. Built with unparalleled quality and the cutting-edge technology of Samsung’s latest premium smartphone, the Samsung Z is optimised with a Tizen platform that offers fast and powerful software performance. Complete with a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display and a 2.3 GHz Quad-core processor, the Samsung Z is the perfect choice for people who want a unique user-experience in an efficient and light-weight smartphone. Continue reading

stuff - veremis Emerging market consumers call for new Samsung Tizen handsets to provide improved payment and content solutions

Emerging market consumers want better access to health, finance and education services via their mobile

Press release

June 2nd 2014. Following Samsung’s launch of its first Tizen smartphone (Samsung Z), which many have speculated will be targeted squarely at emerging markets, new research from mobile marketing specialists Upstream has found that consumers in developing markets are calling for the handset to more readily provide relevant, localised content and services as well as more appropriate payment mechanics and pricing models. Upstream’s new research, which polled the views of a representative sample of 4,504 consumers in Brazil, China, India, Nigeria and Vietnam in conjunction with analyst house Ovum, features in its latest report entitled The Next Mobile Frontier. Continue reading

ios_711 iOS 7.1.1 update supposedly fixes Touch ID bugs

No massive improvements just bug fixes

It seems that Apple has just released a new update to its mobile OS. The 7.1.1 version of iOS supposedly offers improvements to Touch ID fingerprint recognition; keyboard responsiveness bug fixes; and fixes an issue when using Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver enabled. Apparently, some iPhone 5s users have complained for a while that the smartphone’s fingerprint sensor tends to lose accuracy over time. Hopefully the latest release will make sure the iPhone doesn’t forget what your fingerprints look like. Continue reading

BlackBerry_playbook BlackBerry issues an new Playbook OS update for PlayBook

Users will need it to continue using BlackBerry World

Although most observers are doing a very good job of trying to write off Blackberry’s tablet offering – the PlayBook, the brave little device won’t lie down and die. Today [April 1st 2014] BlackBerry has issued an OTA [Over-The-Air] update which takes webOS to 2.1.0.1917. We had 2.1.0.1753 previously. The whole point about this upgrade is it modifies the payment processing system. So those PlayBook owners who want to continue purchasing apps and agmes or making in-app purchases will have to install the upgrade by April 3rd [2014]. Is this a sign that BlackBerry might do more in the tablet space, GoMo wonders? Continue reading

We’re not giving up on handsets, insists BlackBerry’s CEO

But customers will insist on buying old BB7 devices

BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen has again insisted that the ailing Toronto manufacturer is not abandoning the handset business, despite the fact that the bulk customers appear to be shunning the latest BB10 models. Reporting its fiscal fourth quarter, BlackBerry revealed end users purchased 3.4 million smartphones during the three months, but admitted the majority of these were handsets that had already been sold to telecom operators and other “channel partners”. It acknowledged a truer sale of just 1.3 million handsets during the period, lower than Wall Street forecasts of 1.8 million. Continue reading

lumia 1520 costs $700 Microsoft trying to catch up on Dual SIM market with Windows Phone 8.1

Lava & Karbonn to launch dual-boot Windows/Android phones

by our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik

According to latest (Q4 2013) IDC numbers, Android had a majority 78.1 per cent share of smartphone shipments worldwide, while iOS stood still on 15.2 per cent whilst Windows Phone stood at a distant 3 per cent. Hence Microsoft is doing everything possible to push its market share towards double digit numbers and eat into its more successful competitors namely iOS and Android. In its latest attempt, the company is trying to target the lower end of the smartphone market, especially in the developing BRIC nations – Brazil, Russia, India, and China. Continue reading

netflix2_q5 GoMo loads Android version of Netflix onto BlackBerry Q5

Running Android apps under BB10 10.2.1 is easy

Having read that Nokia claims that around 75 per cent of Android apps will run straight ‘out-of-the-box’ on its AOSP [Android Open Source Project] based X platform reminded GoMo News, that we haven’t tried the same trick with BlackBerry 10. So we tried to identify an iconic Android app that appears to be missing from the BlackBerry World app store and came up with Netflix. Given that it requires video streaming, we consider this a suitable challenge. We loaded the Android app onto a Q5 and it worked without modifications. Continue reading

we think this is a photoshop job MWC: Unbelievable rumour that Nokia will embrace Android

Nokia X or Normandy will run Android KitKat

Now we’ve come across some unbelievable rumours in our time but never one as astonishing as the fact that the Finish based handset supplier will finally release a handset that runs the Android mobile OS. [Update: It has]. In fact, the speculation says it will be running KitKat (version 4.2). Microsoft has all but acquired the handset vendor and after seeing its share price nosedive because of its stubborn resistance to Google’s OS, has now suddenly changed its mind? GoMo News simply can’t believe it. Continue reading

Mobiwire_logo MobiWire will attempt to establish itself as entryphone brand

Rises out of Sagem Mobiles’ ashes

French mobile manufacturer MobiWire - formerly Sagem Mobiles, will attempt to establish itself in the entry-level segment of the handset market during MWC week [February 2014] in Barcelona. To date, the company has concentrated on being an ODM [Original Design Manufacturer] supplying white label products to MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] and resellers. In 2013, it delivered one million devices across Europe. GoMo News is particularly intrigued by a remark made by MobiWire’s CEO, Bruno Mortreux, about “the latest operating systems.” Could this mean MobiWire could produce a white label Windows Phone 8 (WP8) handset, we wonder? Continue reading

Motorola-moto-x A look @ specs & pricing for Moto X

What you get and don’t get for the money

Now that we’ve had the chance to read and digest the tech specs for Motorola’s latest smartphone – the Moto X, we can see what you get and don’t get for your money. What struck us immediately is that the two key features missing from lower spec models: – support for NFC and Wi-fi 802.11ac, are actually there. We have details of availability, too. Plus, of course, we actually got our hands on an actual Moto X handset which was very definitely running the latest version of the Android mobile OS – 4.4.2 (KitKat). Continue reading

GoMo seeks ‘insufficient storage available’ solution

Our loan Android handset runs out of space for new apps

It’s an infuriating experience. On your sparkling new Android handset, you’ve only downloaded a dozen or so apps and then the handset keeps reporting “Insufficient Storage Available”. We’re running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) so it’s not as if this is a problem Google is unaware of. What’s happening is that the OS is insisting on installing apps into the handset’s internal memory. And if you’ve only got 0.5 GB of memory as standard, this can soon fill up. GoMo News has even head of UK retailer, the Carphone Warehouse, warning customers off a particular Samsung model which suffers from this drawback. We reckon, however, that some-one out there knows a viable antidote without having to ‘root’ the Android handset. So contact us please. Continue reading