apple's forte is big innovations - francis Comment on iPhone 6s’ release today’s Abby Francis on 3D Touch, Live Photos and memory upgrade

As Apple fanbois worldwide wait eagerly in queues [lines] today [September 25th 2015] to purchase the very latest Apple smartphone – the iPhone 6s, Abby Francis – mobiles expert with has been kind enough to share her views on this product release with us. The main new features she highlights include 3D Touch; front-facing and rear camera improvements/Live Photos; and the upgrade to 2GB of memory. Abby Francis reckons that, “Apple’s forte is making innovations bigger, better and of course, mainstream.” A bit like Apple final embracement of NFC, then. Plus Huawei announced its version of 3D Touch earlier in September [2015], of course. Continue reading

Malwarebytes reacts to Cinese iTunes attack

Bit worrying that XcodeGhost is almost undetectable

In the wake of the news here that Chinese hackers had managed to infiltrate mainstream apps posted on the official Apple iTunes App Store, Thomas Reed, director of Mac offerings with software security experts, Malwarebytes, has shared his reactions to the XcodeGhost outbreak. According to Reed, the attach is “the largest app store breach in history and anyone using iOS or OS X could potentially be affected.” He also gives some insights into why Apple has so far provided little guidance on how consumers could spot if they are running an affected app. Reed says it appears to be a form of dynamic library hijacking, where apps dynamically load libraries of code that they look for in one of multiple locations. “It’s hard for any user to be on guard against this kind of malware. Especially on iOS, where security features in the system make anti-malware software impossible,” Reed added. Continue reading

colao unphased by malone sabre rattling Liberty Global/Vodafone deal seems a No-No

Vittorio ain’t going to be pushed around by John

The general consensus of opinion is that a deal to combine John Malone’s Liberty Global with Vittorio Colao’s Vodafone in order to offer that Holy Grail of a decent fourplay [quad-play] in Europe has almost certainly unravelled. The combination of the two comms giants would make a great deal of sense if you believe that fourplay is the way to go. Here at GoMo News we don’t think it is such a brill idea, of course. Anyway, Vodafone has got a very good mobile presence in the major EU markets such as Germany and Spain – plus the UK, naturally. And Liberty Global now control Virgin Media which has a key position in the supply of digital TV. But the financial hurdles are too great, it seems. Continue reading

Tweakker’s Fit4Market scores coup with US handset vendor

Software helps both smartphone vendors & MNOs save money

As something of a breakthrough for cellular software specialist – Tweakker (which incidentally is now part of Spirent Communications), the company has just signed a deal with a  US-based handset supplier – Sky Devices. The product which Sky will be embedding into the OS of its Android based smartphones is called Fit4Market. The enormous advantage to employing Fit4Market is that it helps any handset maker to supply its smartphones into an enormous range of M & MV  networks worldwide which utilise the GSM cellular standard. So in the USA that means AT&T plus T-Mobile. In effect, Tweakker’s software removes the onerous burden of testing an Android smartphones against local mobile network operators (MNOs) or mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). settings. As one happy Tweakker user put it – using Fit4Market is a no-brainer for all levels of handset suppliers. Continue reading

all OEMs should embed - poulsen New carrier-agnostic embedded connectivity app fuels Sky Devices global growth plans

Tweakker’s Fit4Market application from Spirent Communication accelerates the OEM’s time to new markets, eliminates costly field testing

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September 15th 2015. Spirent Communications‘ device intelligence business unit - Tweakker, has announced that it has entered into a global supply agreement with mobile phone manufacturer, Sky Devices.  As a part of this agreement, the Tweakker‘s Fit4Market instant connectivity app will be embedded into every new Android smartphone to be built by Sky Devices. Continue reading

almunia - previously nodded thru EU MNO mergers 4G delays may aid 3UK’s O2 bid

EU previously argued Europe had too many MNOs

According to recent reports, the conditions imposed on two Danish MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] by the European Commission were so onerous that the companies – Telenor and TeliaSonera, have decided to pull out of the planned merger. Therefore, some observers are arguing, the proposed deal to merge two UK MNOs – Three UK (3UK) and O2 will suffer the same fate. Or will it? GoMo News would argue that the proposed British merger would follow the EU’s own previously expressed opinions – namely that the roll out of high speed mobile broadband (ie 4G) was slower in Europe than in the USA and elsewhere precisely because there were  too many MNOs compared to the States Big Four operators. This could prove a very useful weapon in 3UK’s hands. Continue reading

iD will be offering the iPhone 6s in the UK

Check which MNOs will be offering Apple’s latest smartphones

Here at GoMo Towers, we noticed an announcement from leading UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator], EE, that it will be offering the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in the UK with LTE-A (4G+) support as well as Wi-fi calling. EE will offer the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, beginning on 25th September [2015]. Customers can pre-order the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus from Saturday 12th September [2015] onwards from here. This announcement aroused our  curiosity as to which other UK MNOs and MVNOs [Mobile Virtual Network Operators] will be offering Apple’s latest and best. The answer is to visit this particular question , or by visiting a page on Apple’s web site here which revealed that in addition to the obvious players – 3UK, Vodafone, and O2 (including Giff-gaff) and EE, of course, both BT and iD will be supporting these latest handsets. This is impressive since iD is a relative new player in the UK market (see here) and is a mechanism for Carphone to tie in even more consumers.
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Tablets to replace laptops in the workplace within 10 years, EE research reveals

Research from EE reveals that more than half (52%) of UK workers say tablets will replace laptops in the workplace within 10 years
Almost a third (31%) said that workplace laptop usage is declining, and 24% of workers say they have now transitioned to tablets
Businesses are also keeping tablets for longer, with 30% keeping their tablets for over three years
In light of this, EE is launching the UK’s first 36-month tablet plan specifically built for small businesses customers. It provides a cost-effective option that better reflects how small businesses purchase and use tablets, and compliments EE’s shorter term tablet plans
Case study: Sailing holiday provider Sunsail is using 4G tablets from EE to reduce costs by over £10,000 annually and increase customer engagement by up to 60%

Press release

September 3rd 2015. Tablet adoption is speeding up in the workplace, and tablets are predicted to replace laptops within 10 years, according to new research undertaken by EE. Continue reading

an end to Africa's smartphone nightmare - houbak Guest Post: BYOD is the beginning of the end for subsidised handsets

by Lars Houbak, general manager with Mobilethink

Mobile network operators [MNOs] & MVNOs in most regions have experienced steady erosion in ARPUs since 2010 according to analysts Strategy Analytics. Despite a collective $700 billion investment in infrastructure over the past ten years, revenue growth has been almost flat since 2007. Subscriber acquisition and retention costs (SAC/SRC) take 27 per cent of a Western European operator’s operational expenses (OPEX). Out of that, 69 per cent goes to device subsidies and can take as much as 19 per cent of a typical operator’s OPEX. Forward profitability is therefore threatened due to combined flat revenue and increasing subsidy costs. Continue reading