Category Archives: nokia
Rating: Upstreams data mines its report for GoMo News
With a large percentage of GoMo News‘ readers being based in India, we asked marketing technology company Upstream to mine the data in its recent report - The 2013 Emerging Markets Mobile Attitudes Report, purely to reflect the Indian market. The results show that whilst Nokia has lost popularity in the West (it was never that popular in the USA), the same doesn’t apply to India. More Indians aspire to owning a Nokia than those who would prefer to have an Apple smartphone. Continue reading
Rating: Absolutely no idea what the benefits are
Here at GoMo Towers we just happened to pop a SIM card back into our Nokia Lumia 800 smartphone which we updated to Windows Phone 7.8 a while ago. This time we had the completely opposite experience to our earlier upgrade back in February  see here ‘Nokia WP7.8 OTA upgrade notification fails.’ This time we had an OTA (Over-The-Air) notification that an upgrade was available if we plugged the handset into a computer (and used Zune). Continue reading
by Asif Iqbal Shaik, a consumer electronics expert with MySmartPrice
All the big guns have entered the fray into emerging countries like India. Mobile giants like Samsung, Apple, Samsung, LG and Sony have got their space here and are actively engaging to inveigle the consumers. Nokia, the old monarch of this business, has launched a very effective economic phone in Asha Smartphones, which has admirable features considering its price. Samsung hasn’t missed the clue. While it targets the high-end segment with the Samsung Galaxy S4, the ‘have-nots’ should find the Samsung REX quite salivating. The big question is whether it will find success in markets like India? Continue reading
Rating: Notice that the N73 is NOT on this list
Here at GoMo Towers we are constantly being asked the same question – mainly from our loyal readers in India and Asia Pacific. It is … Can the Nokia N73 run the popular messaging application app – whatsapp? No it can’t. If it could, then N73 owners could contact millions of other whatsapp users around the world. The bad news is that the N73 NOT on the list of Nokia Series 6 handsets which support whatsapp. We’ve reprinted the list of Nokia handsets which CAN run whatsapp below. You might be wondering why the N73 isn’t included but the N78 is, for example? Continue reading
News that a major chip supplier to Nokia is to close failed to bring cheer to investors in ARM last night [18th March 2013], with shares in the UK semiconductor designer down by just under 1 per cent at the end of trading.
Sweden’s Ericsson and STMicroelectronics revealed they were to shut their loss-making joint venture, having failed to find a buyer. Some 1,600 jobs will be axed, possibly including those in the UK where about 100 people are currently employed. Continue reading
Rating: At least we manage OS upgrade
The scales have fallen from our eyes over the difficulties our readers are experiencing with Nokia N73 smartphone – especially those hailing from the Indian subcontinent. Being based over here in the UK, we hadn’t fully appreciated exactly where these N73 handsets were being sourced from. We now suspect that a great deal of the problems being experienced by users relate to the handsets being locked into one particular mobile network operator. Having acquired our own N73, we’ve made some interesting discoveries. We did manage the OS update, though. Continue reading
by Rupam Gogoi who works with FindYogi
Remember the Samsung ads which carried the ‘Next is what?’ as an advertisement ending monologue? Well, Samsung has moved in the direction that its ads promised it would move. Next is what wasn’t just a tagline or an ad slogan with Samsung, It has been the mantra of the direction in which its products have moved, most noticeably in the last five years. It was the trailer to what its products would soon be in the mobile industry and market. In the ensuing years of the next is what slogan, Samsung went on to launch its most popular products in the Samsung Galaxy S series and the Samsung Galaxy Note series. Continue reading
Sluggish sales of Windows phones to blame
Finnish manufacturer Nokia has slashed in half the earnings of its CEO Stephen Elop as it battles to restore its fortunes. The former Microsoft executive received €4.3 million in cash and stock options last year , according to US regulatory filings, down by 45 per cent from €7.9 million in 2011 when he received a €2 million “golden handshake” to join the phone giant. Continue reading
by Asif Iqbal, a blogger & consumer electronics expert with MySmartPrice
We’ve seen strong sales in niche categories getting a lot of attention from manufacturers. One such niche is the dual-SIM category. The relative ease with which a SIM card can be obtained combined with the low tariffs mean that a lot of users (especially in India) choose to use two numbers simultaneously. As such, the dual-SIM segment has also grown to cater to a wider audience in terms of choice.
First, the low cost Chinese brands were the first to go aggressive with the release of dual-SIM phones which had other features such as really loud speakers and touchscreens. Continue reading
Rating: One reader thinks he has the answer
Here @ GoMobile Towers we are constantly inundated with questions concerning how to update the OS [operating system software] in a Nokia N73. It appears that this little smartphone enjoys a thriving ecosystem in the India subcontinent and parts of Africa. That’s even though the model has long been discontinued and Nokia has stopped providing support for this handset. What we still don’t quite understand is exactly why so many people want to update the OS in this handset. Well, one reader seems to think it is because that a persistent bug keeps appearing and has provided his solution. We’ve also decided to publish the specifications for this handset. Continue reading
Consolidating position as No.3 platform
Sales of Windows smartphones have grown by a staggering 240 per cent in a year and now account for 6.2 per cent of the UK market, latest figures from research firm Kantar reveal. In the past year some 700,000 new Windows users were added, while in the three months up to end of January 2013 the Microsoft-based devices – spearheaded by Nokia’s Lumia 800 and HTC’s 8X – surpassed those of BlackBerry in Britain. Continue reading
Will REX rule?
South Korean giant Samsung has unveiled scaled-down Java versions of its flagship Galaxy S3 handset, pitching the new REX range at emerging markets in a move that could undermine Nokia.
Last month Nokia reported a small profit for Q4 as phone sales increased from 2.9 million in the previous quarter to 4.4 million, suggesting [...]
Rating: Or it could just be a problem with the Register’s news app
Now they say that people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones (and more on this later) but … a GoMobile News reader contacted us yesterday to complain that he had loaded an app onto his spanking new Nokia Lumia 820 smartphone and it wouldn’t work. Initially we suspected that it could well be a problem that apps designed for earlier Windows Phone handsets – running Windows Mango W7 or even version 7.8, could encounter problem when run under Windows Phone 8. Now we are not so sure. It could be that the app in question – UK news site, The Register, has problems with all of its apps not just Windows Phone. Continue reading
Rating: It’s just not possible, OK?
We were wondering why a number of readers were asking us about a possible OS upgrade for a legacy Nokia handset – the N97. Most readers want to know how they can install the latest version of Symbian – Belle, on this handset. The short answer is that you can’t. The N97 was running S60V5 – which translates roughly to Series 60 v5.0 in layman’s terms. So it simply can’t take an upgrade to either Anna or Belle. Why do people think it is possible, we wondered? Then we found a reference to it in a Nokia discussions forum here. Sadly, it is a spoof claim. Continue reading
Rating: Stealth release of the upgrade from W7 Mango
Here at GoMobile News we have been awaiting the upgrade to Windows Phone 7.8 (which replaces W7 Mango) with bated breath. Virtually every day since early January  we have been going to the ‘phone update’ page within the handset hoping to see that the upgrade had finally been released. The screen kept saying “No updates found” – even though we had ticked the box which says, “Use my mobile data connection to check for updates.” Then on Friday [February 1st 2013] we needed to use Zune on a PC to check for a particular music track. Imagine our surprise when the screen suddenly asked if we wanted to upgrade. Windows Phone 7.8 (WP7.8) was suddenly there! Continue reading