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all these  technologies are available right now - balcombe Wearable fitness gadgets under Xmas tree in ’14

Not all will be smartphone compatible, though

It appears to be a safe bet that wearable fitness gadgets will prove a popular choice amongst Brits as presents for loved ones this Xmas [Holidays] season. According to research from Kantar a total of 6.7 million adults in the UK are using gadgets or smartphone apps currently being used to monitor health – such as checking heart rate, food intake and activity levels. Juniper Research, of course, predicts that fitness devices will remain the dominant wearables segment until 2018 when smartwatches should take over. A Sunday Telegraph article by Marion Dakers here, speculates that insurance companies might tap into data gathered by such health monitors to fine tune their premiums. Continue reading

Smartwatch to overtake fitness device in 2018 says Juniper

Over 70 million wearable devices will be in use by then

Fitness wearables in use will almost treble by 2018, compared to an estimated 19 million being used in 2014, according to a new report from Juniper Research. Juniper predicts that fitness devices will remain the dominant wearables segment until 2018 – driven by intuitive usage and lower retail prices. Nevertheless, the broader appeal of smartwatches will mean that they will be become more popular in later years. The Juniper report is entitled ‘Smart Health & Fitness Wearables: Device Strategies, Trends & Forecasts 2014-2019‘. Continue reading

Galaxy-note-4 Samsung takes lead in phablets with Note 4

Industry reaction to new product launches at IFA Berlin

Samsung has just introduced a swathe of new products at the increasingly more popular IFA show in Berlin, Germany. It revealed the Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy Note 4 (phablets) plus the Gear S smartwatch and Gear VR virtual reality headset. “You have to admire Samsung’s relentless stream of new products, be it smartphones and tablets at all price tiers or the volley of smartwatches that have been released over the last 12 months,” commented Ben Wood from CCS Insight. uSwitch.com’s Rob Kerr observed, “Samsung has owned the phablet space for a long time, knocking out more than any other mobile maker and proving there’s a super-sized market for supersize phones.” However, he warned that Samsung has still lots to fear from Apple. Continue reading

Asif Shaik Ask Asif: Dual SIMs, Android KitKat, Xiaomi & other probs

Our Agony Uncle, MySmartprice.com’s Asif Shaik answers readers’ handset questions

Saswat asks …

Sir,

“I was looking to buy a phone under INR 16,000 – one having as much features as possible. I referred to MySmartPrice.com, and narrowed down upon Xolo Q3000 and Huawei Honor 3X Pro (although it is yet to be released in India). Now, I was basically all set to buy the Xolo, but the user comments, stating that after service is disgusting, and the unavailability of service centres and spares deterred me. What do I do?” Continue reading

micromax ad mocking apple Xiaomi & Micromax will challenge the current smartphone Big 2

Fitch predicts Apple & Samsung’s handset marketshare will stagnate

It seems that the Big Two smartphone vendors – Apple & Samsung are going to be facing a very tough future thanks to competition in emerging markets. As a consequence, Fitch Ratings is predicting that local handset makers such as China’s Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Huawei along with India’s Micromax will become the main competitors for Apple and Samsung. Locally manufactured devices retailing at $100 to $300 can offer virtually all of the key features of big brand smartphones. Plus Fitch also believes that the forthcoming iPhone 6 probably won’t do enough to bolster Apple. Continue reading

most advanced mobile communications - shin Samsung electronics becomes 1st smartphone provider to achieve joyn Blackbird accreditation

joyn Blackbird brings latest RCS standard of advanced messaging and calling features to Samsung Galaxy devices on all networks

Press release

August 1st 2014. Samsung Electronics is pleased to be recognised as the first smartphone provider accredited with joyn Blackbird from the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA), the latest level of accreditation among Rich Communications Services (RCS)-based services. As the only company among smartphone providers and RCS-based application developers currently joyn Blackbird accredited, Samsung again proves it is at the forefront of the fastest mobile technology. The incorporation of joyn Blackbird provides Samsung Galaxy owners on major operators’ networks with more stable and convenient chat, live video and file sharing capabilities. Continue reading

same specs for half of the price - tziokas Samsung feels the heat from local producers

China’s Xiaomi and India’s Karbonnare the beneficiaries

It appears from the latest revenue figures from Samsung that the handset giant is coming under great price pressure from local phone manufacturers. It is interesting to see that Samsung is struggling in key emerging markets such as India and China due to local competitors plus a lack of relevance for Chinese consumers who want more high-end devices. Samsung seems to be losing out to China’s Xiaomi and India’s Karbonnare. By contrast, when Apple recently shared its results these included growth in China, which accounted significantly for its increase in earnings. Continue reading

juniper-logo Smartphone sales surging ahead says Juniper

Apple & Samsung decline vs Huawei, LG & Lenovo rise

According to Juniper Research Whilst global smartphone shipments exceeded 290 million units in Q2 2014, Samsung and Apple both lost market share. The chief beneficiaries were Huawei, LG and Lenovo. Significantly, Juniper anticipates that emerging nations in Far East & China, Indian Subcontinent, Latin America and Africa & Middle East will account for over 50 per cent of the global smartphones shipped in 2014. The 290m million represented 26 per cent y-o-y [year-on-year] growth and 2 per cent q-o-q [quarter-on-quarter] growth. Continue reading

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