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Skype on the Nokia XL Nokia’s bet on Android smartphones is working with Nokia X in India

by our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik

Many were sceptical about the success of Nokia X series of Android smartphones when they were officially announced because those devices don’t use Google’s version of Android. They use AOSP [Android Open Special Project] instead. According to internal rumours, even Microsoft was trying to put an end on Nokia’s Android plans. Nokia X might also be the reason for Microsoft’s hurried acquisition of Nokia. Continue reading

bbm on an android phone BlackBerry updates BBM for Android

Positioning BBM to rival Line, Facebook & even Snapchat

Another sign that BlackBerry really is learning how to monetise its software assets – not just its smartphones, is provided by the latest update to BBM for Android. A key feature is the addition of ‘stickers’ and the fact that there is now a BBM shop where you can actually purchase stickers to send to other BBM users. That’s taking rival social media sites such as Facebook and Line head on. Plus there’s now an improved picture (photo) sharing facility. GoMo reckons this is a reaction to analysts who claim Facebook is losing traffic to photo sharing apps such as Snapchat. Continue reading

FCC-Aztec_code Masabi supplies secure mTickets for FCC trains

Aztec based codes initially readable @ 3 English rail stations

As something of a breakthrough, Masabi – a specialist developer of  mobile ticketing has enabled British train operator  First Capital Connect to roll out its first mTicket capability at three English railway stations. An mTicket enables a smartphone user to purchase a ticket electronically with no need to collect it physically from a ticket office or machine. Instead the mTicket is displayed onscreen as an encrypted Aztec code. [Note: Not a QR code!]. Machines at London King’s Cross, Cambridge and King’s Lynn will initially be able to read these mTickets as will conductors’ portable ticket machines. The plan is to be able to roll it out to other locations including London’s Gatwick airport. FCC is strangely coy about the number of platforms able to run its ‘Rail Tickets’ app. There are Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Nokia apps, for example. Continue reading

making its way to china? Nokia to launch MixRadio in China

Linked to Bill Gates’ return to Microsoft

According to a report in today’s [March 23rd 2014] Sunday Times, Nokia is on the verge on launching a version of its MixRadio streaming service into China. Like other observers, GoMo News would question the wisdom of such a move. As a country its inhabitants aren’t known for much respect for digital copyrights. Which could prove a flaw in Nokia’s business plan. We especially like the newspaper’s suggestion that Bill Gates is somehow behind the move. Continue reading

lumia 1520 costs $700 Microsoft trying to catch up on Dual SIM market with Windows Phone 8.1

Lava & Karbonn to launch dual-boot Windows/Android phones

by our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik

According to latest (Q4 2013) IDC numbers, Android had a majority 78.1 per cent share of smartphone shipments worldwide, while iOS stood still on 15.2 per cent whilst Windows Phone stood at a distant 3 per cent. Hence Microsoft is doing everything possible to push its market share towards double digit numbers and eat into its more successful competitors namely iOS and Android. In its latest attempt, the company is trying to target the lower end of the smartphone market, especially in the developing BRIC nations – Brazil, Russia, India, and China. Continue reading

mylovefilmobile Brits angered by loss of indie Lovefilm Windows Phone app

Strangely co-incides with WP8 handset bug

Furious Brit users of the Lovefilm service are threatening to cease using it after their favourite app stopped working at the end of last month [February 25th 2014]. The problem stems from the fact that US giant, Amazon, recently acquired the British based service. The company has subsequently moved to integrate the Lovefilm service with its existing systems. The real problem, of course, is that the app in question – which works on Windows Phone 7-8 (WP8) handsets, was not officially sanctioned. Co-incidentally, one of our informants tells us his WP8 based Nokia Lumia smartphone appears to have developed a version of the insufficient storage available error which afflicts entry level Android phones. Continue reading

baidu's pic of nokia moneypenny/lumia 630 Dual SIM WP8.1 handset leaks as Lumia 630

Of course the Nokia X Android is dual SIM too

Well the rumour mill has shot into overdrive with a leak of what will almost certainly be the first dual SIM Windows Phone 8.1 (WP8) handset – a Nokia Lumia. The leak’s source appears to be the Chinese web site Baiduhere. The big money is that the device – probably codenamed Moneypenny, will be the the Lumia 630 whilst the Lumia 635 will be a single SIM version. We’re not quite sure why so many observers are saying it is based on the Lumia 620 when the 630 very definitely has a 4.5 inch screen with 854 x 480 pixels. We thought the 620 had a 3.81 inch screen so how can the 630 be based on it? Continue reading

dual Sim coming to WP8 picture source:@evleaks Dual SIM smartphone usage on the rise in India

As International vendors weigh, local producers redouble their efforts

Even just a year ago, dual SIM devices were exclusively manufactured by relatively unknown manufacturers seeking to gain a foothold in their home markets. That isn’t the case any longer. With a decline in the growth of the high-end market, it is the entry-level and mid-tier segments that handset manufacturers are now targeting. And they’re getting into dual SIM handsets big time as we saw during MWC week. Continue reading

icrosoft has to build synergy -fogg MWC: 2014 is the year of dual SIM support

Microsoft adds dual SIM support to WP8

A day a head of the official opening of the MWC, it seems that the Redmond software giant – Microsoft, has decided to acknowledge a blazing hole in its mobile OS – lack of dual SIM support. This is a crucial requirement for developing and emerging markets particular India and Africa. In addition, the move to dual SIM support for Windows Phone (WP8) was in conjunction with its new emerging market partners partners. The list includes:- Foxconn, Gionee, JSR, Karbonn, Lava, LG, Longcheer, Micromax and ZTE. As GoMo News readers are well aware – Karbonn and Micromax are key smartphone makers in India. Nokia has, of course, just released the dual SIM X model, too. Continue reading

3 new Bing apps + updates for WP8 users

Actually they don’t look that exciting to us

Microsoft has introducing three new Bing Apps along with a host of updates to Bing Finance, Bing Sport and Bing News. The new apps include almost all the content and key features currently available in the Windows 8.1 apps for PC/tablets, in addition to a few new features such as ‘roaming’. That’s not the standard mobile meaning of roaming as in connecting to non-home MNO. This ‘roaming’ feature allows each of the apps to sync personalised settings across all Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 devices. The new apps are already live in the Windows Phone 8 store. The new apps are: – Bing Food & Drink; Bing Health & Fitness; and Bing Travel. Continue reading

Lumia_1320 Nokia introduces the Nokia Lumia 1320 to the UK

See and do more of what you love on the go with an affordable large-screen Lumia smartphone

Press release

February 14th 2014. Nokia has introduced its larger than life Lumia 1320 to the UK market, bringing many of the high-end Lumia innovations to a 6-inch screen smartphone at a significantly lower price point. The latest imaging features, like Nokia Camera and Nokia Storyteller, the most loved Lumia experiences such as global mapping and location services from HERE, together with unlimited streaming of ad-free music with Nokia MixRadio, all come packaged together to offer consumers a compelling choice in a larger-screen smartphone. Continue reading

Mobiwire_logo MobiWire will attempt to establish itself as entryphone brand

Rises out of Sagem Mobiles’ ashes

French mobile manufacturer MobiWire - formerly Sagem Mobiles, will attempt to establish itself in the entry-level segment of the handset market during MWC week [February 2014] in Barcelona. To date, the company has concentrated on being an ODM [Original Design Manufacturer] supplying white label products to MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] and resellers. In 2013, it delivered one million devices across Europe. GoMo News is particularly intrigued by a remark made by MobiWire’s CEO, Bruno Mortreux, about “the latest operating systems.” Could this mean MobiWire could produce a white label Windows Phone 8 (WP8) handset, we wonder? Continue reading

samsung &htc aren't bothered - hanna Nokia is only real player in WP8 market

HTC & Samsung’s WP8 phones account for >5% of sales says Tamoggemon

Microsoft’s buy-up of Nokia turned quite a few heads in the mobile industry. Consequently, pundits expected rival manufacturers Samsung and HTC to both be ired by this announcement. This can not be father from the truth because their Windows Phones simply don’t sell in meaningful numbers, according to Tamoggemon Holding‘s CEO, Tam Hanna. So they aren’t bothered. These shocking stats were obtained by analysing the purchasers of Tamoggemon’s scientific calculator -TouchCalc. Even more reason for Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella, to ditch the manufacturing bits of Nokia like Google has done with Motorola Mobility. Continue reading

nadella - cloud not mobile Nadella gets Microsoft CEO job not Vestberg or Elop

Will Microsoft do a Google & lose its mobile phone arm?

Having predicted that Microsoft might well adopt a ‘mobile first’ approach and take on a mobile industry star as its new CEO, we find that Satya Nadella – Microsoft’s former head of cloud computing ha sgot the job. At least we had named Nadella in the possible Steve Ballmer succession race here. But does Nadella’s triumph signal a new emphasis in Microsoft’s thinking away from Nokia – the company which Nadella challenger, Stephen Elop, helped to bring to the company (and to its knees)? Incidentally, so much for the head of Ericsson – Hans Vestberg, getting the job. Continue reading

risto_photo Drop in sales of Nokia’s Lumia phones sends shares plunging

Could Microsoft be buying a pup?

Phone sales at Nokia were 5 per cent down in Q4 compared to the previous quarter of 2013, placing a question mark over the wisdom of Microsoft’s impending purchase of the Finnish manufacturer’s handset division. Fourth quarter sales came in at £2.1 billion, sending Nokia’s shares plunging more than 10 per cent in Helsinki yesterday [23rd January 2014]. Perhaps even more worrying for Microsoft, which is expected to finalise its purchase in the next month or two, was that the decline in sales was largely down to a drop in demand for Nokia’s flagship Lumia smartphones. Continue reading