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perhaps wonPyo hong has the answer? Samsung drops availability of bada apps thru new store front

Handset vendor renames its store to Galaxy Apps Store

It seems that Korea’s Samsung Electronics has decided to re-launch its online app store as Samsung Galaxy Apps – obviously to pump up the Galaxy brand. One change is that there will be a specific section on the new app store just for Galaxy devices named ‘For Galaxy’. You should only be able to see this section if you possess a Galaxy device. The company appears to be encouraging developers to create Galaxy apps using its own SDKs [Software Developers Kits]. At the same time, Samsung has apparently decided to drop direct support for its own mobile OS – bada, on the new store. Its about as clear as mud what will happen for those who still want bada os apps. Where will they go? 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

saunders - can't wait to sink his teeth Sony appoints telecoms veteran Saunders to UK

Reviving handset supplier poaches him from arch rivals, Samsung

Japanese handset supplier, Sony (formerly Sony Ericsson) has appointed telecoms industry veteran, Warren Saunders as director of sales for the UK & Ireland. With over 18 years of experience in the UK and worldwide telecommunications markets, Saunders will now report directly to Sony’s vp for North Western Europe, Pierre Perron. Saunders has just spent five years with arch rivals, Samsung, where he was Head of Sales for two of those years. He originally joined Samsung Electronics in June 2009 as global account manager. The move could well revive Sony’s fortunes in the UK handset market. Continue reading

intel's sousou showcased Z with qualcomm inside Next Tizen showcase in China not Russia

And the Samsung Z has a Qualcomm not an Intel processor

It seems that the The Tizen Developer Conference held this week [June 2014] in San Francisco, USA was such a success they’ve decided to hold another one. The 2nd Tizen Developer Summit 2014 will be held in Shanghai, China some time in October [2014]. That’s about as much information as is currently available. So keep looking here. To GoMo News this seems a rather odd choice of location given that about that time the Samsung Z – the first ever handset running Tizen, will actually go on sale in Russia. Why not hold it in Moscow? 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

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

motorola_lenovo Apple and Google/Motorola to stop suing each other

Nothing about Apple vs Samsung though

In a statement release through Reuters here, last week [May 2014], Apple and Google’s Motorola Mobility unit have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies. Now that might sound that all of those futile court cases are a thing of the past but it’s not. There’s no mention of any end of the battle between Samsung and Apple over the iPhone. We reckon that the biggest winner out of all of this is going to be China’s Lenovo which is expected to take the Motorola Mobility handset business of Google’s handset – leaving the search company holding the old Motorola patents. Continue reading

Brand loyalty flagging amongst iPhone & Galaxy owners

But does this provide opportunity for other handset vendors?

Well, GoMo News has just some very intriguing stats produced by Qriously which queried the sentiments of UK iPhone and Samsung users towards to their existing brands. Surprisingly the research found that the majority of both Samsung and iPhone users across the UK are unlikely to upgrade to their existing brand’s next or existing flagship device. Despite this however, Samsung and iPhone users alike are very unlikely to directly switch over to their major brand rival. So what’s not clear is whether this provide an opportunity for other handset vendors such as Huawei which recently announced the Ascend P7. Continue reading

iPhone owners more risqué - Spencer Skewed survey says iPhone users send more sexts

We’re not quite sure how these figures were put together

The practice of sending explicit, sexual text messages to other people is known as ‘sexting’. Last month [April 2014] GoMo News reported on a survey carried out by which claimed that Samsung handsets knocked Apple’s iconic iPhone into second place when it comes to sexting here. Now a new survey carried out on behalf of UK based we site, insurance2go, found that more than 30 per cent of iPhone users had sent an explicit message. Even those with a BlackBerry (21 per cent) sent more sexts than the 17 per cent who used a Samsung device. GoMo News wonders why all the leading brands of Android handsets aren’t grouped together – why just Samsung? Continue reading

Galaxy_S5 Five Five reasons why Samsung Galaxy S5 is experiencing poor sales in India

by our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik

Samsung announced the Galaxy S5 during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February [2014] – a device which will most probably stay as its flagship smartphone for the rest of the year. The Samsung Galaxy S5 was made available for purchase last month [April] in India and other important markets. But the sales of the Galaxy S5 haven’t been as good as Samsung had predicted it them to be. To avoid poor sales of Galaxy S5 in India. Here are the Top Five reasons why the Samsung Galaxy S5 is experiencing poor sales in India. Continue reading Samsung profits slip as it feels the heat from rivals

First quarter results from Samsung Electronics, the division of the South Korean manufacturing giant that makes smartphones, show profits slipped 3.3 per cent in the wake of increased competition.
At 6.43 trillion won (£3.71 billion), they were down 1.2 per cent from 6.51 trillion won a year earlier. Samsung admitted it expected the weakness to continue into Q2 as margins on its Galaxy handsets continued to be squeezed and competition hotted up in the low to mid range handset sector. Continue reading

Texas based Cirrus swoops on ailing Wolfson

Struggling audio manufacturer Wolfson Microelectronics, which provides smartphone components for the likes of Samsung, could soon be taken over by Texas-based Cirrus Logic it was revealed today [29th April 2014].
The news, buried in an update on Wolfson’s Q1 results, reveals that the tiny Edinburgh-based manufacturer is recommending a cash purchase by Cirrus of its entire share capital, placing the value of Wolfson’s stock at 235 pence compared to its close in London last night of 134 pence. If the deal goes ahead, it would mean a 75 per cent uplift in Wolfson’s share price. Continue reading

everyone wants desire 210 - yang HTC’s focus on mid-range devices like Desire 210 might save the company

by our Indian correspondent – Asif Shaik

There have been many articles discussing how HTC is failing in spite of the company releasing great devices like HTC One M8. But almost nobody is talking about how HTC can prevent itself from failing with the right focus on the mid-tier smartphone segment. Quite a while back, during the initial launch of One series, HTC CEO, Peter Chow, stated that his company will only focus on the high-end One series devices like HTC One X and HTC One S. But lack of focus on its mid-range Desire series smartphones cost HTC heavily as its cash flow became heavily eroded. Continue reading Sony moving in the right direction with focus on mid-range smartphones

by our Indian correspondent – Asif Shaik

About a year ago, we reported that ‘Sony’s smartphone growth plan in India looked promising‘. And here we are to proudly report that we were just about right. According to a latest {April 2014] report by IDC, Sony now stands second largest smartphone brand in India (in terms of value sales) demoting Apple into third place. This growth has come from Sony’s continued efforts in improving its smartphones and a renewed focus on mid-range priced devices. Continue reading

HTC One Once mighty HTC sees losses grow as phone sales lose traction

Next quarter will be better, it insists

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has suffered a deeper-than-expected first quarter loss, as its market share continues to slide – with it now standing at around 2 per cent. Despite rave reviews for its flagship smartphones, HTC sales remain modest and in the three months to April 2014 it posted a 22.6 per cent drop in revenues to 33.12 billion Taiwanese dollars (£659 million). But it insists it is likely to return to profit in Q2 following the late-March release of its upgraded flagship smartphone, the HTC One M8. In recent months it has also slashed costs dramatically in a bid to bolster its share price which has lost nearly 90 per cent since its April 2011 peak. Continue reading