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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

strand on IoT  & mobile payments Strand Consult’s 2016 predictions match our thinking

Especially when it comes to Nokia, the IoT and mobile payments

Although his company is Danish, it seems that John Strand’s Strand Consult appears to think on almost exactly the same lines as we do here in the UK at GoMo Towers. So it was by a stroke of luck that we managed to rescue the Stand Consult predictions for 2016 from our spam filter. Here are the three predictions which stand out for us … “2016 will be an especially bad year for Microsoft [read Nokia].” Another is that the “Internet of Things reality will arrive but prove to be no goldmine for mobile network operators [MNOs].” And finally, “Mobile payment is here – Visa and Mastercard are the killer apps.” Continue reading

Amstrad_E3 Sour grapes as Sugar gets Nokias banned from Beeb

Claims he got BBC to stop prominently displaying WP phones

A very interesting claim has emerged from British peer, Lord Alan Sugar, concerning the removal of visible branding for the GSM handsets used in the popular BBC soap opera – East Enders. He told the Sun on Sunday, “I’ve got them banged to rights.” A Cockney phrase meaning that he’d got clear proof. Namely, that when characters on the BBC show send text SMS messages to each other, it’s very clear that Nokia branded phones are being used. Which is against Beeb[BBC] rules. However, GoMo News can reveal that this is, in fact, sour grapes. His Amstrad E3 videophones got barred from The Apprentice – the Beeb show that Sugar fronts. Continue reading

1st Windows 10 smartphone from Microsoft

Lumia 950 has dual anntena & super camera

Nokia – or should we say Microsoft, has just [October 2015] announced the latest smartphone in its Windows based range – the Lumia 950. This is, of course, Microsoft’s first Windows 10 flagship smartphone. Obviously this handset will have to play on its hardware features because it doesn’t have a cat in hell’s chance of competing on the ‘mobile apps supported’ front. Traditionally, Nokia has chosen to go big on the capabilities of the built-in camera. This is exactly the sort of smartphone which will lead to the disappearance of the consumer dedicated digital camera. But what intrigued us here at GoMo Towers is the fact that the company decided to go it big on the handset’s dual antenna system. Continue reading

nadella Satya Nadella’s email announcing Nokia job losses

Workforce reductions “primarily in our phone business”

Here’s a transcript of the email sent out to Microsoft (and therefore former Nokia) employees by current CEO, Satya Nadella … “Team. Over the past few weeks, I’ve shared with you our mission, strategy, structure and culture. Today [July 7th 2015], I want to discuss our plans to focus our talent and investments in areas where we have differentiation and potential for growth, as well as how we’ll partner to drive better scale and results. In all we do, we will take a long-term view and build deep technical capability that allows us to innovate in the future. With that context, I want to update you on decisions impacting our phone business and share more on last week’s mapping and display advertising announcements. We anticipate that these changes, in addition to other headcount alignment changes, will result in the reduction of up to 7,800 positions globally, primarily in our phone business.” Continue reading

MS-DOS_dir MS-DOS Mobile is real app but no OS

The joke could well be on the Microsoft Lumia team!

Whilst most news sites fell hook-line-and-sinker [completely] for the MS-DOS Mobile for Nokia Lumia phones announcement, GoMo News knew that it was really a joke. [See 'MS-DOS Mobile for Lumia revealed'.] The reality is that the MS-DOS app does exist but only currently runs on Windows Phone 8 handsets. Which is why it wouldn’t download onto our own Nokia Lumia 800 Mangophone. We’ve now seen the app running on a WP8 handset and understand what the Lumia development team were doing. It’s a fake OS that appears to work. Aimed at techies old enough to remember what DOS commands like SET Blaster actually did. 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

Unlike the N73, Nokia’s X6 runs WhatsApp

We’ve even found a site that has the correct file for download

By some kind of historical accident, GoMo News has become the reference point that everyone visits when searching for information on how to run the popular IM [Instant Messaging] app – WhatsApp, on old Nokia handsets. Normally, we’re asked why the N73 won’t run this app and we’ve explained the reasons behind this is very great detail on our Nokia N73 updates & WhatsApp help page. However, we’ve just experienced a new twist. Reader Shaik Humi has just asked us whether his Nokia X6 can run WhatsApp. We’re absolutely convinced that it can. There’s even a site from which you can load the X6 version. Continue reading

sign our petition - see below GoMo calls for WhatsApp to offer N73 client

Or maybe Nokia India will help out

Although the smartphone was discontinued on 25th April 2006, Nokia’s N73 still proves hugely popular amongst Indian consumers. However, these N73 users continue to be frustrated because this particular device is incapable of running the leading IM [Instant Messaging] app – WhatsApp. Consequently GoMo News is constantly bombarded with requests for information on this subject. We’ve gone to great lengths to create a special Nokia N73 & WhatsApp Help Page forthose seeking to load this app. The bad news is that you can’t run WhatsApp on the Nokia N73 at present. Presently, there’s a new twist readers are currently begging GoMo News to create a WhatsApp client that will run on the N73. Hence, we’re appealing to WhatsApp to modify their code so it can run on this classic Nokia handset. 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

fisker's photo is in the post Guest Post: Microsoft’s 1st phone after Nokia acquisition – Lumia 530

by Priyanka Jaiswal, a blogger who works with MyPriceIndia

Microsoft announced the Nokia Lumia 530 Single SIM and Lumia 530 Dual SIM smartphones on 23th July [2014]. This model is Microsoft’s first Windows Phone handset in the Lumia series after it had acquired Nokia. By contrast, the Lumia 630 was announced just few days before the deal of Nokia acquisition closed. Lumia 530 is a budget Windows smartphone which is announced with the ever lowest price in Lumia series. It is priced at around INR 6840 ($114). This phone should hit the shelves of mobile phone stores this month [August 2014]. Continue reading

nadella 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