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caterpillar - new name in 2015 18000+ distinct Android phones exist says Spirent

At least 12 different Android OS  versions are in use

The number of distinct Android devices in use globally passed the 18,000 benchmark for the first time in 2015. That’s according to the latest Device Intelligence report covering The year 2015 from the device intelligence business unit of Spirent Communications. Devices from eight new mobile phone manufacturers were also added for the first time. The list includes Acer, Asus, Caterpillar, Microsoft, OPPO, SKY, Tecmobile and XOX. Additionally, the company claims that it has saved the telecoms industry some $17.5m in customer care costs. Continue reading

Tweakker_motif Spirent Mobile Device Intelligence report 2015

- Record year in delivering device intelligence services
- Online smartphone support tripling to over 100,000 hours
- Saving the telecoms industry $17.5m in customer care costs

Press release

January 28th 2016. The year 2015 proved a record-breaking year for the device intelligence business unit of Spirent Communications. During the year, the unit helped more than 100 mobile network operators [MNOs)]and over 70 mobile virtual network operators [MVNOs] to deliver new device intelligence services and support to over 1.5 million handset subscribers. Continue reading

lockwood - starting with iOS first Bundle aims to crack local advertising

News aggregation app coming to a city near you soon

Initially, the GoMo News team thought that a new app to be released next month [February 2016] by Bundle would bomb through failure to differentiate itself. Significantly, however, the GoMo News team learnt something different when talking to Kelvin Lockwood, CEO with Bundle, about the product. He reckons that local advertising is still thriving but the major spend is still on print. What drives people to these papers is a thirst for local news. So his company has developed an app that aggregates news from a variety of different sources – including local newspapers.  The result should be a platform that will be able to attract local advertising. Currently, it is just a small matter of fine tuning the selection of stories which the app picks. Continue reading

Noel_braterman Brit firms throwing out PABXs for mobile app

Pink Telephone company seeking more resellers

Over 400 SMEs in the UK are already installing an app – App2Chat, which effectively enables them to throw away an existing switchboard (PABX) an use their mobile phones instead. Developed by RIPTec, the product is now being distributed by  the Pink Telephone Company in London [UK]. It could, of course, be used anywhere in the world with GSM networks. Only launched back in December [2015] at The Business Show in London, The Pink Telephone expects to have a 2,000 SME business user base by October [2016]. The firm is actively seeking resellers to up-sell App2Chat to their SME customers and expects to sign up 20 by the end of January [2016]. Continue reading

stas_wolk Guest Post: Advanced diagnostics technology as an AMS business differentiator

by Stas Wolk, vp for global strategic alliances with Cellebrite

For any industry, business growth is a universal goal. For after-market service [AMS] providers in the mobile/cellular sector, however, it means evolving solution offerings beyond simple depot repair to broader end-to-end capabilities. Advanced diagnostics technology has emerged as a potential competitive differentiator. But should this capability be built in-house or bought through a technology partner? Here are my five key areas for evaluation and consideration before picking the best partner to meet business needs. Continue reading

ee_shop EE online store fails to impress

Could even help to damage the BT brand

Here at GoMo Towers, the team firmly believes that UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator], EE, desperately needs to shake up operations at its online accessories store. products on offer are not only significantly overpriced but delivery times can only be described as “slow”. The crucial point here is that EE will very soon become part of the BT (formerly British telecommunications) empire. It is rumoured that BT favoured EE over O2 because fhe former had a stronger High Street presence. But a service such as this (shop.ee.co.uk) can only serve to damage the brand rather than enhance it. Admittedly, GoMo is comparing it to just one rival service. But that service just happens to be massive market leader, Amazon. Continue reading

off_f1_app Microsoft really has lost the OS battle to Android

Our guide to FGRNTLAW for the curious

Regular readers might be wondering how our recent story about Microsoft’s treatment of Non-US MNOs (see here) is linked to Five Good Reasons Not To Leave Android for Windows [FGRNTLAW] need puzzle no longer. The link is Announcify from Thomas Taschauer an app which is one of the chief reasons why the GoMo News team can’t migrate to a Windows Phone 10 powered (Nokia) Lumia 640 from Android powered devices such as Motorola’s Moto G. Any half decent smartphone should easily be able to speak the name of the incoming caller. Our test Lumia can’t do that. Anyway, it turns out that Announcify didn’t come Top in our five must-have apps. The Top place is a straight fight between the Official Formula One app and AppEffectsUK‘s Bus CountDown. Continue reading

Non-US MNOs treated shabbily by Microsoft

Must-have features missing from foreign Windows Phone versions

Whilst researching a feature for GoMo News with a working title of Five Good Reasons Not To Leave Android for Windows [FGRNTLAW], the team couldn’t help but notice the shameful way that Microsoft is treating Non-US MNOs. There are must-have features buried inside Windows Phone [WP] which handset power users would dearly love to unleash. But it seems that The Beast Of Redmond (Microsoft) has decided that those living outside North America don’t merit their inclusion in the versions of WP it ships to non-US MNOs [Mobile Network Operators. Included here are some key handset capabilities such as announcing the name of the incoming caller. Or speaking the content of incoming text/SMS messages. These oversights can be cured by Android power users by going to Google Play and downloading an app. Mostly, however, so equivalent apps are available on the Windows app Store. Continue reading

itunes presents the major obstacle MNOs must unite to confront iPhone migration issues

The real obstacle is protected iTunes music

The Sunday Telegraph reports here that MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] are trying to put pressure on Apple to make it easier to switch from an iPhone to an Android based handset from the likes of Samsung. The motivation is clear. iPhone users are by default high spending individuals. However, few Apple Fanbois ever defect from the iPhone to highly priced rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy range. The knub of the problem, MNOs believe, is that it is very difficult to transfer personal data from an iPhone to an Android alternative. Most of the data can be transferred  but the real killer is trying to migrate DRM protected iTunes music from an iPhone to something else. But this is an issue on which MNOs need to present a united front. Continue reading