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Rise of the local challengers – disruptors battle Apple and Samsung mobile domination

Fractured mobile landscape – Asian device fragmentation trend hits Europe with Wiko and bq gaining traction
Emergence of the Visual Society – Bigger is better, as consumers screen sizes reflect their desire for the optimum visual experience
LTE’s chequered adoption – South Korea and USA lead the march but connection issue runs deeper than availability of 4G service

Press release

July 29th 2014. Apple and Samsung are experiencing their first major challenge from disruptive European vendors, according to the Netbiscuits Web Trends Report for Q2 2014. The report, based on actual consumer web usage in more than across 242 countries found that Wiko (France) and bq (Spain) have burst into the Top 50 devices in their own countries for the first time with a 3 per cent and 1.5 per cent share respectively. Continue reading

not surprise that fingerprint scanners came top - locke Touch ID fingerprint scanner coming to iPads soon

Fingerprint scanner is most popular biometric authentication process

New research has shown that eight in ten (79 per cent) of Brits are ready to ditch their passwords in favour of biometric security measures such as fingerprint scanners. It’s no surprise to learn that sales of Apple’s iPhone 5s have helped make biometrics extremely popular with consumers. These figures were revealed by the Future Password Index from digital financial services provider Intelligent Environments. Fingerprint technology was voted as the most popular biometric method in the new 53 per cent of people would like their bank to integrate fingerprint scanners into digital banking services. Continue reading

1m+ now enjoy benefits of Vodafone 4G - rose Vodafone claims to be the 1st UK MNO to sell Google’s Chromecast

Special deal for anyone with Vodafone Red 4G plan

Vodafone is claiming to be the first mobile network operator [MNO] in the UK to sell Google’s Chromecast media-streaming device. The company is making Chromecast available to all Vodafone customers at an RRP price of £30 through Vodafone’s 375 retail outlets across the UK. Significantly, however, the device is available to all new and existing Red 4G customers at the discounted price of £25. “With more than one million customers now enjoying the benefits of Vodafone 4G, we’re expecting Chromecast to be a big hit,” commented Cindy Rose, consumer director with Vodafone UK. Continue reading

It’s possible to recover SD files – revisited

GoMo News unimpressed by reader’s recommendation of Remo Recover

It’s that time of year again and yet another GoMo News reader accidentally deleted all of the photos stored on his smartphone’s SD memory card. Which was a disaster since he’d just returned from a highly enjoyable holiday [vacation] in Italy. Worse still, our reader subsequently took three new photos – which were saved onto the memory card. Luckily, we’d encountered this problem before (see ‘It is actually possible to recover deleted SD card files‘).
Subsequent to publishing that story, reader, Darrien Gordon , emailed us to recommend “the most widely used and popular tool known as Remo Recover.” We beg to differ. We found it unuseable. Good news? We eventually recovered 50 photo files for our reader. Continue reading

Action demanded on stolen contract phone bills

UK Charity, Citizens Advice, asks for promised ‘cap’ to materialise

The UK government has been urged to take action to ‘cap’ the high bills incurred by subscribers whose contract phones have been stolen. UK Charity, Citizens Advice, says that proposals to prevent subscribers from being asked to pay as much as £17,000 ($29,000) were supposed to have been introduced in Q2 2014. However, Brits are still receiving bills they simply cannot afford to pay. Back in December 2013, the UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced that four MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] – Three (3UK), EE, Vodafone and Virgin Media but not Spain’s O2, had agreed to cap bills. UK banks, for example, cap frauds @ £50. The situation highlights the pressing need for MNOs to introduce real-time fraud detection systems. Especially for roamers. Continue reading

use the chant, luke Marley Chant speaker is cool alternative to festival going

If you can’t join ‘em beatbox ‘em

This weekend GoMo News should really have been in Charlton Park, England attending the WOMAD world music festival. But it just didn’t happen. Luckily the House of Marley decided to come to our rescue and cheer us up by loaning us the Chant – a Bluetooth compatible portable speaker. Let’s face it – this device looks totally cool right down from its ‘REWIND’ fabric cover to the little Ethiopian (rasta) flag label. It’s the perfect accessory for creating your own mini music festival using a smartphone/tablet and/or MP3/music player [Think iPod]. The main reason we’re giving this product a rave review is that the sound it produces is really unbelievably good for a device so small, light and portable. It also happens to be genuinely easy to use. Continue reading

GoMo kind of likes the WOMAD festival app

Improvement on previous years

We should actually be in a field in Wiltshire right now but circumstances beyond our control meant we haven’t gone to the WOMAD world music festival this year [2014]. Nonetheless we decided to review the events’ Android app anyway. Especially since our gut feeling is that the app is a lot better than previous years. Once again it has been created by App Majik and it only appeared a few days before the festival started. Our view is that apps like this should be released a few weeks in advance and it should be left to users to download the updates. Continue reading

ManageEngine launches Wi-fi Monitor Plus

Free Android app monitors, analyses, surveys Wi-fi signals & finds channel interference

  • Survey sites and gain visibility into signal strength; see heat maps
  • Add Channel Graph widget to device’s home screen
  • Export, email and save reports
  • Download WiFi Monitor Plus here

Press release

24th July 2014. ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company, has launched WiFi Monitor Plus. Available immediately, the free diagnostic app lets IT admins in SMBs and large enterprises monitor, analyse and survey Wi-fi signals in any area, directly from their Android mobile devices. Wi-fi Monitor Plus is available for download here . Continue reading

- macmillan Pollen’s Macmillan comments on app poverty line

Possibly 98.4% of developers living on it

A recent report – based on research by Vision Mobile, entitled ‘Developer Economics Q3 2014: State of the Developer Nation‘ revealed that many app businesses currently are not sustainable. Crucially, the report found that just 1.6 per cent of developers generate most of the app store revenue. Martin Macmillan, CEO with new FinTech company Pollen, appears to have coined a new phrase for this – the “app poverty line”. Thus, in effect, as many as 98.4 per cent of mobile app developers may be living below the app poverty line. Hence Macmillan offers useful advice to developers. Talking to Pollen itself is the tip he neglected to mention. Continue reading