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ios9_logo iOS9 bricking 1000s of iPhone 6 handsets

Practice is probably a restraint of trade in EU

In what could turn out to be a massive PR disaster for Apple, thousands of iPhone 6 owners have managed to ‘brick’ [render useless] their handsets by opting to installing the latest iOS 9 upgrade. The problem seems to affect those who have had their handset repaired by independent specialists – rather than taking it back to an official Apple retail store. The bricking problem has been labelled the “error 53″ bug and Apple is fully aware of it. Unfortunately, if it is deliberate, then in the EU the practice is probably illegal in EU as a restraint of trade. If not, them the automotive companies could have a field day. Continue reading

off_f1_app Microsoft really has lost the OS battle to Android

Our guide to FGRNTLAW for the curious

Regular readers might be wondering how our recent story about Microsoft’s treatment of Non-US MNOs (see here) is linked to Five Good Reasons Not To Leave Android for Windows [FGRNTLAW] need puzzle no longer. The link is Announcify from Thomas Taschauer an app which is one of the chief reasons why the GoMo News team can’t migrate to a Windows Phone 10 powered (Nokia) Lumia 640 from Android powered devices such as Motorola’s Moto G. Any half decent smartphone should easily be able to speak the name of the incoming caller. Our test Lumia can’t do that. Anyway, it turns out that Announcify didn’t come Top in our five must-have apps. The Top place is a straight fight between the Official Formula One app and AppEffectsUK‘s Bus CountDown. Continue reading

Non-US MNOs treated shabbily by Microsoft

Must-have features missing from foreign Windows Phone versions

Whilst researching a feature for GoMo News with a working title of Five Good Reasons Not To Leave Android for Windows [FGRNTLAW], the team couldn’t help but notice the shameful way that Microsoft is treating Non-US MNOs. There are must-have features buried inside Windows Phone [WP] which handset power users would dearly love to unleash. But it seems that The Beast Of Redmond (Microsoft) has decided that those living outside North America don’t merit their inclusion in the versions of WP it ships to non-US MNOs [Mobile Network Operators. Included here are some key handset capabilities such as announcing the name of the incoming caller. Or speaking the content of incoming text/SMS messages. These oversights can be cured by Android power users by going to Google Play and downloading an app. Mostly, however, so equivalent apps are available on the Windows app Store. Continue reading

wp10_screentshot Migrating to WP10 is actually easy – shock, horror

Microsoft still skimping on development costs though

As long as we can remember here at GoMo Towers, Microsoft has always let its customers debug the next incarnation of its own OS (starting with Windows for Warehouses). And Windows Mobile 10 seems to be no exception here. The good news, however, is that upgrading a Nokia/Microsoft WP10 [Windows Phone 10] handset from version 8.1 [WP8.1] to version 10 [WP10] is simple. Better still, there seem to be very few drawbacks to upgrading. Continue reading

lolly_502 Motorola continues to support older Moto Gs

New OS update takes 2nd Gen models to 5.0.2 Lollipop

Proving that it hasn’t deserted its loyal fans, long-standing mobile handset supplier, Motorola has just released a new OS software update for Moto G (2nd Gen) by handsets. The handset maker revealed that the latest update cures a ‘Stagefright’ security vulnerability. Here at GoMo Towers, of course, we’d not heard of Stagefright before but assume it must be a well-known threat. In addition to clearing up this possible security weak point, Motorola says the latest version offers valuable OS stability improvements. Given that we’ve accidentally cracked the screen on the latest (3rd Gen) Motorola Moto G, this is very welcome news for us using our 2nd gen model. Particularly since we’d noticed some bugs afflicting this particular version of the Moto G. Continue reading

icrosoft  -fogg Redmond has lost the mobile OS war again

Inc industry comments from IHS Technology on Windows 10 launch

If you watch the latest TV adverts from Redmond based giant, Microsoft, you could be forgiven  for not having the  slightest clue what Windows 10 actually delivers. This latest version of Windows (and no-one has successfully explained what happened to Windows 9.0) works on both mobile and PC. So it seems that Windows Phone is dead. Just like Windows Mobile was before WP6. Thus, according to Ian Fogg, director of mobile analysis with IHS Technology, “Microsoft has lost the smartphone OS war to iOS and Android.” The plus side – it seems that Cortana, Microsoft/Nokia’s answer to Apple’s Siri, has made it onto the desktop. Continue reading

schmidt - forced to unbundle apps from android? Android could be under threat from EU bureaucrats

Europe gunning for search engine giant – Google

The European Union (EU) has a history of taking on high tech giants (almost inevitably US based) and – after long and protracted battles – winning. It’s happened to the likes of Microsoft and Intel before. And now, it seems, it is the turn of Google – best known as a search engine giant. However, in the mobile world the company holds great sway thanks to its leading mobile OS – Android. Which is where the European Commission is now focusing to see if Google is breaking European anti-competitive laws. Interestingly, in his time at Novell, current Google chairman, Eric Schmidt, would have been more than happy to see the EU intervene and Novell’s arch enemy – Microsoft. So he’s well aware of the dangers. Continue reading

app won't download in UK MS-DOS Mobile for Lumia revealed

Microsoft has very warped sense of humour

Here at GoMo Towers we nearly fell off our bar stools when we saw the blog posting here announcing that, “Today Microsoft launch MS-DOS Mobile, a new OS designed especially for Lumia smartphones.” We guess that this being April 1st 2015 [April Fools Day], this is just one big spoof. Unfortunately, the Redmond based company hasn’t made it clear at all. It’s even gone as far as creating a download for the product here which gives the news even more credibility. Sadly, over here in Blighty [UK] we can’t actually try to download this app to our Lumia handset because the Windows Phone store reports it isn’t available in our region. To make matters worse, the Lumia team are currently still insisting the product is real. 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

GoMo gets Lollipop OS upgrade for Moto G

We’ve always had a soft spot for Motorola phones

Here at GoMo Towers, we’re absolutely delighted to announce that we have finally received the newest Android OS upgrade for our test Motorola handset – the Moto G (First Generation). This has taken the handset from running boring old Android 4.4 (KitKat) to the very latest version of the Android OS namely 5.0.2 (Lollipop). We have, of course, been checking for some months to see if the Lollipop upgrade was available for our own Moto G (which is English/GB). Suddenly today [March 10th 2015], we spotted a system message telling us to be sure that we had installed ‘Motorola Update Services‘. (See ‘GoMo still waiting for Moto G’s Lollipop update‘). Which we had done, naturally. So when we checked ‘System Updates’ from the Settings menu and found that Lollipop was ready to install, we were jubilant. Now all we have to do is see if all the claimed improvements are for real. Continue reading

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

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

icloud won't restore to 8.0 Apple pulls iOS 8.0.1 update after major bugs revealed

Reveals the danger of relying on iCloud backups

Apple has been forced to apologise to those who installed the iOS 8.0.1 update on their iPhones after it caused some users (including those on EE in the UK) to experience signal loss. The update was only available briefly yesterday [September 4th 2014] before it was pulled. The catch is that once you’ve installed an iOS update, you need to use iTunes software to go back. Hence Apple had to issue advice to those who had upgraded here. It involves downloading the correct file for the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and then not being able to use the Health app. Consequently, Apple has said it is working flat out to create iOS 8.0.2 which should fix the bugs. Continue reading

Firefox barking up right tree with Intex Cloud FX

Should prove ideal upgrade for Indian featurephone users says Upstream

Mozilla and Intex have just launched the first Firefox OS phone in India. It’s called the Intex Cloud FX and costing just 1,999 Rs (£19.90). The device is aimed at emerging markets consumers who are looking to upgrade from a featurephone to their first smartphone. The Cloud F”s low price should prove very attractive to this target audience. Upstream recently undertook research into consumer attitudes in emerging markets earlier in 2014 with Ovum that shows Mozilla is barking up the right tree. 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