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Reliance to pump $11.6bn into Indian 4G

The sort of gamble which Hutchison Whampoa pulls off

Reports have emerged that India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries, has decided to sink a massive $11.6 bilion (INR 700 billion) into rolling out 4G in India. In 2013, Deutsche Bank has estimated that Reliance would pour some $3 billion into 4G, so this is over triple that figure. The investment will be made via the Reliance Jio venture and marks Mukesh’s first return to mobile after surrendering Reliance Communications to his brother Anil some ten years ago. It’s abold move and one which GoMo News has only ever seen be pulled off before by Hong Kong based Hutchison Whampoa (which currently own Three/3UK, for example). Continue reading

suri - class of 1989 @ mit Rajeev Suri named new Nokia CEO moving up from NSN

Heavy duty Indian connexion for both Nokia & Microsoft

Having completed the sell-off of its Devices & Services division to Microsoft, Nokia has named Nokia Rajeev Suri as its new CEO. Its a predictable move since Suri had been heading up the solutions & networking division – formerly Nokia Siemens Networks [NSN]. It is reported that Nokia currently acquires around 90 per cent of its remaining revenues from the networking division. But there’s a strong connexion between Suri and current Microsoft chief Satya Nadella both were MIT student -just a year apart. Not at the Massachusetts Instute of Technology as you might have thought but at the Manipal Institute of Technology near Mangalore in Karnataka. Continue reading

apple's dominance not guaranteed - o'sullivan Apple devices dominate global web browsing while Android gains ground

New dotMobi research reveals which devices are used to browse the web across the world

Press release

March 25th 2014. Despite the growing popularity of Android devices and low-cost smartphones, Apple’s global grip on mobile device browsing remains impressive in many major global markets. New data from dotMobi reveals that Apple’s iOS is the dominant platform for web browsing on mobile devices in many countries, particularly in first world nations. The findings revealed in dotMobi’s Global Device Traffic Index, show that Apple’s iOS-based devices are most used by mobile browsers in the UK, the US, Australia, Canada, and many parts of Europe including France, Italy, Scandinavia and the Benelux countries. 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

Zeng_Xuezhon Zeng Xuezhong to head up ZTE Mobile Devices

As Chinese telecoms giants aims to excel in 4G sphere

During 2014, Chinese telecoms experts, ZTE intends to channel its resources to grow its three pillar businesses: mobile devices, operators and enterprise. Consequently, ZTE Mobile Devices will operate as an independent unit of the company, to be headed by Zeng Xuezhong, an executive vp with ZTE. Mr Zeng was previously in charge of ZTE’s operations in China. He Shiyou, executive vp with ZTE and the former head of terminals, will remain as an executive director of ZTE Corporation. Continue reading

BlackBerry_Q5 BlackBerry waking up to its Qwerty USP at last

Actually puts the keypad sporting Q5 ahead of the Z10

As BlackBerry might have sung in ‘Money for Nothing’ – “We’ve got to move these colour BBs”. At least the Canadian smartphone maker appears to be waking up to the fact that its USP (Unique Selling Point) is the Qwerty keypads it offers on specific models. So GoMo News was heartened to see that when BlackBerry contacted us directly with its ‘Look ahead to your next BlackBerry’ over the festive season promotion, at least prominence was given to the keypad enabled Q5. The Z10 was lurking in the background. When surfers click through on the ‘Shop now’ they are taken to the company’s online shop. Which model gets prominence though? You’ve guessed it – the Z10. Continue reading

merkel hack - how was it done? Have we got the US vs Huawei battles the wrong way around?

More conspiracy theories from the Merkel hacking debacle

Yesterday, GoMo News speculated on how US spy agencies might have managed to listen in to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone calls. We concluded here that the least likely scenario was that agents had been able to install an app on her personal handset. So that raises questions of how it was actually done? One of GoMo News’ pet conspiracy theories is that it is done using the ISDN – the digital version of the fixed telephone network. But a far more sinister possibility is that it is done by inserting a backdoor into cellular infrastructure equipment. Continue reading

TD-Forum-logo 101: TD-SCDMA – the 3G standard backed by China’s CATT

Why Apple has suddenly become interested in this technology

The recent [October 2013] revelation that Apple might be looking to curry favour with China Mobile (the world’s largest mobile network operator (MNO)) has renewed interest in a 3G technology called TD-SCDMA. It standards for Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access but the crucial point is that TD-SCDMA was championed by CATT (China Academy of Telecommunications Technology). Hence it is utilised by China Mobile which first tested TD-SCDMA based networks in eight cities – including Beijing and Shanghai – between April and July 2008. This was just in time for the 2008 Olympic Games which began on August 8th 2008 in China. The rumour is that Apple might produce a TD-SCDMA handset by using Qualcomm chips. Continue reading

it's the synching that's the tricky bit - wiederhold Couchbase unleashes the smartphone’s processing power

Given that it is free, no wonder there is so much mobile app developer interest

When you think about it an entry level ZTE Blade V handset for around £72 has a quad-core processor running at 1.2 GHz. Compare that to your 3-year old desktop which has dual core 2.7 GHz processor and you realise just how much processing power is going spare inside your smartphone. Well, Couchbase has found a way of harnessing it by running an extremely powerful database on the smartphone itself. Plus it can process the kind of serious amounts of data users are now able to store inside their handsets, too. Offer that for free as Couchbase Lite and it is no wonder that developers and third parties are knocking on Couchbase’s door to get involved. Continue reading

blade v from zte Smartphones definitely getting smarter & cheaper

A Qualcomm quad-core Android handset for just $112 (£71.99)

talk about pushing the prices lower for a fully functional Android handset, the Blade V from ZTE has just been launched in the UK for a mere $112 (£71.99). That price is pre-paid (PAYG). And its a pukka handset in the bargain. It even features a quad-core 1.2GHz chipset from Qualcomm of all people. On top of that the handset boasts 4″ IPS touch-screen, 4GBof memory and a 5MP auto-focus camera GoMo News has no idea what the fabled iPhone 5C will cost but consumers will be paying one hell of a price premium just for having the Apple logo on their smartphone. Continue reading

micromax canvas 3 reasons why Indian smartphone brands should worry about Chinese smartphone brands

Our Indian correspondent ponders Indian vs Chinese brands

Indian mobile phone brands have been enjoying a very good market share since the advent of Android smartphones.  The Android operating system has given them a huge boost. So it did for dozens of manufacturing companies in China who assemble devices at cheap rates. Combine this with aggressive marketing and vast product line-up in entry-level and mid-range price segment & you get impressive sales volume. Micromax, Karbonn and Lava combined, account for 18 per cent of mobile phone market share in India, as per the latest reports from CyberMedia Research. According to IDC, another analyst firm, India will become the third largest smartphone market by 2017. A lot of brands are aiming to tap the potential market in India with hopes of good growth and market share. Continue reading

canada scared of letting lenovo have blackberry Smartphone sales overtake basic handsets for first time

Sales of smartphones globally have for the first time overtaken those of more basic handsets, latest figures from Gartner reveal.
In the second quarter of 2013 smartphones accounted for 51.8 per cent of global mobile sales, with the Gartner survey also revealing that BlackBerry has fallen behind Microsoft as the third most popular operating system – losing almost half its market share in the past year.
In total, some 225 million smartphones were sold in the last quarter, with South Korea’s Samsung accounting for 31.7 per cent of the market, way ahead of Apple which commanded just 14.2 per cent. Continue reading

maybe that will read nokia instead Nokia is the logical buyer for BlackBerry

Finish handset vendor could go back to making handsets people want

Some observers are viewing it as a sign of desperation, but BlackBerry has finally and officially put itself up for sale. Whilst other analysts scratch their proverbial heads trying to work out who the logical buyer would be, here at GoMo Towers we think we have the answer – Nokia. For starters, the company is neither American nor is it Chinese – something which the Canadian government and regulators would obviously welcome. Additionally, BlackBerry’s portfolio of mobile patents – valued by some at around $1.6 billion, would make a natural fit with Nokia’s own. Finally, Nokia is still a company that knows how to make and sell low cost handsets in a market which BlackBerry could easily exploit – Asia. Continue reading

ZTE_orange_firefox Firefox OS smartphones on eBay in USA and UK

Firefox mobile OS showcase handset – ZTE Open to fall into hands of Brits & Americans

If you want an affordable smartphone based entirely on open web standards, then the ZTE Open powered by Mozilla’s Firefox OS is the way to go. As previously reported here, these handsets are already available to cost conscious consumers in Spain and Latin America (Latam -Venezuela and Colombia) through Telefónica of Spain. However, fans in the UK or the USA haven’t had direct access to them to date. Well, ZTE has just announced that they will be available through ebay any time now [but not today]. ZTE is even making a SIM-free Open in orange (the colour) available only via eBay priced at $79.99 (£59.99). This is bad news for Hong Kong vendors currently selling them for $105. Continue reading

no news of a deal with apple EU ‘halts’ probe against Chinese telcos as huge 4G contract looms

Opportunity to build 200,000 base stations across China weighs in the balance

EU officials have denied turning a blind eye to alleged Chinese malpractices in the telecoms sector providing, it’s claimed, European firms win a huge stake in building China’s own 4G networks. For some time a huge row has been brewing over claims Beijing had supplied illegal subsidies to China’s largest telecom network equipment manufacturers, Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp. Three months ago Karel De Gucht, the EU trade commissioner, won backing “in principle” from his peers to formally open the case. Continue reading