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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

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

passpoint in the S4's settings menu OTA provisioning of HS 2.0 is the problem in San Fran

Some Android devices could be configured manually, tho

Flavio Aggio, CTO for the Department of Technology in the City of San Francisco, USA has kindly written to GoMo News seeking to provide clarification of why the City’s HotSpot 2.0 [HS 2.0] rollout only seems to support devices made by Cupertino-based Apple. (See our previous story ‘San Fran & San Jose launch Wi-fi network to rival cellular‘). The problem, it seems, centres on the OTA [Over-The-Air] provisioning of HS 2.0 settings. Aggio tells GoMo News, “Android and other mobile operating systems don’t have the capability of getting HotSpot 2.0 configuration for over the air.” Continue reading

that's definitely a street map of Jakarta Upstream says Nokia is aiming X2 @ India

We say Nokia is competing vs Blackberry over Indonesia

Even though the original Nokia X is barely six months old, last week [June 24th 2014] the handset division of Microsoft launched the Nokia X2. It’s running what most observers refer to as a ‘forked’ version of Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) but this time it has a more Nokia/Microsoft style UI. It’s also avoiding Google’s Play app store as far as technically possible. If users aren’t content with the Nokia Store, then the handset vendor recommends other stores such as 1Mobile Market, Aptoide, SlideME, Mobango and Yandex. Now Vasileios Tziokas, marketing manager with Upstream reckons that Nokia is definitely targeting India with this device. Given that it should be priced sub INR 8,000 (€99) that seems a fair assumption. However, GoMo News thinks it has spotted a deliberate attempt to competing in Blackberry’s favourite market – Indonesia. Continue reading

that's definitely a street map of Jakarta Absolutely all Nokia X2 handset technical specs

Here’s the full Nokia X2 Dual SIM Technical specs

Dual SIM: Dual Standby SIM, Micro SIM
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 1.2 GHz dual-core
User Interface (UI): Nokia X Software Platform 2.0
Mobile OS: Nokia X (forked Android 4.3 Jelly Bean)
Display: 4.3” WVGA LCD (217 ppi) ClearBlack TrueColor (24-bit/16M)Aspect ratio: 16:9 screen Pixel density: 217ppi
Memory:1GB RAM plus 4GB eMMC removeable with support for 32GB SD card
Networks: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 WCDMA 900/2100 HSPA+ 21mbps/5.76mbps
Data Network speeds: WCDMA network: 900 MHz, 2100 MHz WCDMA max data speed DL: HSDPA – 21.1 Mbps WCDMA max data speed UL: HSUPA – 5.76 Mbps GSM network: 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz GSM max data speed DL: EGPRS 296.0 kbps GSM max data speed UL: EGPRS 236.8 kbps
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi security modes: EAP-TTLS/MSCHAPv2, WPA, WEP, PEAP-MSCHAPv2, WPA2 (AES/TKIP), WPA2-Enterprise, WPA2-Personal, EAP-TLS, WPA-Enterprise, WPA-Personal
Wi-Fi hotspot: Up to 8 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
USB: micro USB 2.0 port,
Bluetooth: 4.0 Bluetooth profiles – Headset profile (HSP) 1.2, Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) 1.0, Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) 1.2, General Audio/Video Distribution Profile (GAVDP) 1.2, File Transfer Profile (FTP), Personal Area Network Profile (PAN) 1.0, Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.3, Hands-free profile (HFP) 1.6, Human Interface Device Profile (HID), Object Push profile (OPP) 1.1
GPS: GPS/AGPS/GLONASS HERE Maps Navigation features: Free maps, Offline maps
Location technologies: Glonass, Cellular and Wi-Fi network positioning, A-GPS Continue reading

most powerful one-handed keyboard - lindholm Industry veteran Lindholm joins 5-TILES

Aims to help company provide the new standard for mobile keyboards

It seems that veteran mobile industry member, Christian Lindholm ,has decided to act as an investor and advisor to award-winning startup 5-TILES. The aim is to help 5-TILES become the leading choice of keyboard for any mobile device or wearable product. Lindholm previously held positions at Nokia, Fjord, and Yahoo Mobile. He is probably best known as the inventor of the Navi key, the user interface that was featured on many early Nokia phones. So who better to promote a keyboard designed specifically for mobile which has just five keys and takes up significantly less (70 per cent) space on a handset’s screen. Once you’ve learned to use 5-TILES, you can apparently reach typing speeds you’d expect from a full size keyboard. Continue reading

Reliance to pump $11.6bn into Indian 4G

The sort of gamble which Hutchison Whampoa pulls off

Reports have emerged that India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries, has decided to sink a massive $11.6 bilion (INR 700 billion) into rolling out 4G in India. In 2013, Deutsche Bank has estimated that Reliance would pour some $3 billion into 4G, so this is over triple that figure. The investment will be made via the Reliance Jio venture and marks Mukesh’s first return to mobile after surrendering Reliance Communications to his brother Anil some ten years ago. It’s abold move and one which GoMo News has only ever seen be pulled off before by Hong Kong based Hutchison Whampoa (which currently own Three/3UK, for example). Continue reading

First reactions to Amazon’s Fire phone

Actually we think it’s Shazam that’s in deepest trouble

It’s amazing how dazzling Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, must be because the hype seems to have buried the fact that his company has launched a smartphone running a ‘forked’ version of Android. Um, just like that massive success the Nokia X, then? [Sarcasm]. Now GoMo News has read nothing to suggest that the new Amazon Fire smartphone when it is introduced will seriously damage Samsung or Google. Unlike Android which killed Symbian. The thing that strikes us most is the existence of ‘Firefly’ as an app on this phone. This facility can apparently identify songs. Continue reading

source: Android Calls BBM spotted on Lumia 630 leaked screenshot

So BBM for Windows Phone can’t be that far away

Although BlackBerry itself promised back in February [2014] that a version of BBM [BlackBerry Messenger] for the Windows Phone OS would become available “as a free download for Windows Phone users this summer,” it’s now June. And no sign of it quite yet. But there’s good news. A teaser for Nokia’s Lumia 630 has leaked out. And guess what? One of the screen shots clearly shows that BBM will be pre-loaded in the ‘Social’ sector of the smartphone’s UI. The important bit here is that the Lumia 630 is very definitely a Windows Phone 8.1 (WP8) handset so existing WP7/8 users shouldn’t have too long to wait for a generic version of the app. Especially since all the indications are that the Nokia 630 will ship very soon. Continue reading

Rummage touts itself as ripe for Nokiasoft acquisition

We think that Google might be more interested

A UK-based software company called Computer ConQuest reckons that its software is ripe for acquisition from the new behemoth which is Nokiasoft – a term which it reckons has been coined by former Nokia chief, Stephen Elop. Apparently the company claims that Elop has suggested that neither ‘Microsoft Mobile’ nor Nokia will be the long-term brand names that consumers can expect to hear. Which is, of course, interesting. The company also maintains that the emergence of smartphones as devices utilised by millions of people o na daily has made information accessible with just a few clicks of the finger. So what has Computer ConQuest done to combat this situation. Launched a program – Rummage that only runs on Windows 7 (for PCs). Eh? Continue reading

lumia 630 dual You should choose Lumia 630 any day over Nokia XL

by our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik

As we reported back in April [2014], ‘Nokia X has experienced a good amount of traction in India‘, this was mostly due to the fact that it was the first dual SIM smartphone from Nokia. Since then, Nokia has released slightly upgraded versions of Nokia X in the form of Nokia X+ and Nokia XL. Continue reading

rahja - creating the 1st image ad network Scoopshot CEO says brands waking up to user-generated images

Petri Rahja admits neglecting to push Nokia Lumia compatibility

The CEO of image agency Scoopshot, Petri Rahja, told GoMo News that brands are strating to wake up to the value of user-generated images. Not only are they utilising Scoopshot’s services for their marketing and advertising requirements, they are now actively commissioning ‘campaigns’ from his company . And probably one of the best examples of this was a campaign commissioned by Nokia when it launched its mega-cameraphone the Lumia 1020. Scoopshot has also just set a world record for in sourcing user-content by supplying the London Evening Standard with a requested image within three minutes. Continue reading

Panoramic_pod Take quality panoramic shots using a smartphone

All you need is the Panoramic Pod for about $26

Here’s one for the budding photographers and a great way of showcasing the full capabilities of high quality cameraphones. The site selling it in the UK (I Want One of Those) says it is “compatible with Apple and Android smartphones.” Here at GoMo Towers we think this is because there are panoramic apps available on the Apple iTunes app store (360 ) and on Google Play (Panorama: 360 by TeliportMe). We reckon that those with Nokia’s mega cameraphones like the Lumia 1020. After all the Panoramic Pod is basically a tripod with a clockwork motor in it. Continue reading

ladies - don't do this Don’t stuff your phone down your bra researchers warn

Unless it’s a Nokia or an iPhone

Handsets releasing nickel and chromium are behind a huge surge in contact dermatitis, scientists believe. There’s been a massive increase – 1,250 per cent between 2000 and 2010 – in the number of cases involving contact dermatitis. And American and Danish researchers are pointing the finger squarely at smartphones. Particularly since the under18s are most affected. According to the boffins, the metals released by a large number of these devices can cause severe skin damage. Apparently, one young woman was the victim of a violent rash on her chest after keeping her phone in her bra. Bizarrely, previous researcher showed that only devices manufactured by Apple and Nokia does not release harmful metals. So be warned. Continue reading

lumia arc of wonder with 1020s in NYC Nokia & Microsoft pull Multi Lumia Arc of Wonder stunt

Anything to promote Lumia 1020′s 41 mp camera

It’s not the first time that Nokia’s Creative Labs has pulled a stunt to publicise the fact that buried inside Lumia smartphones is a powerful 41 megapixel camera. Now – with a little help from Microsoft, the smartphone vendor has produced the ‘Multi Lumia Arc of Wonder’ in co-operation with filmmaker Paul Trillo. He created the Arc from 50 Lumia 1020 smartphones controlled by a Microsoft Surface tablet using a special app which was designed for the Windows 8 mobile platform. The venue? NYC (New York City, USA), of course. Continue reading