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WeChat catching WhatsApp fast

Tencent enjoying major games revenue boost from IM client

China’s Tencent (part of China’s BAT triumvirate along with Baidu and Alibaba) has witnessed significant growth thats to revenues from gaming inside its WeChat IM [Instant Messaging] client along with its social networking client – Mobile QQ. Perhaps the most significant news is the fact that the userbase for WeChat has ballooned up from 396 million in Q1 2014 to 438 million in Q2 2014. That’s well within reach of WhatsApp’s current total of circa 500 million users which currently makes it the leader in the IM niche market. It’s also goood news for Nokia N73 owners as GoMo News previously outlined here, that smartphone is popular with our Indian readers but cannot run WhatsApp. But it can run WeChat. Continue reading

micromax ad mocking apple Xiaomi & Micromax will challenge the current smartphone Big 2

Fitch predicts Apple & Samsung’s handset marketshare will stagnate

It seems that the Big Two smartphone vendors – Apple & Samsung are going to be facing a very tough future thanks to competition in emerging markets. As a consequence, Fitch Ratings is predicting that local handset makers such as China’s Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Huawei along with India’s Micromax will become the main competitors for Apple and Samsung. Locally manufactured devices retailing at $100 to $300 can offer virtually all of the key features of big brand smartphones. Plus Fitch also believes that the forthcoming iPhone 6 probably won’t do enough to bolster Apple. Continue reading

GoMo proves that Reviveaphone really does work

Our Cat B15 was a bit beyond redemption, though

When we first learnt of the concept behind a product called Reviveaphone, here at GoMo Towers we thought it was a brilliant idea. An answer to the handset industry’s worst nightmare – the fact that so many smartphones stop working through excessive exposure to water. The number of times a handset accidentally falls into a water closet (flushing toilet) is unbelievably high. The consequence? The smartphone owner loses a device that can be worth at least £400. Hence, paying £14.99 for a solution that can revive a ‘water damaged’ mobile phone seems like a bargain. Especially if it works. And in our case, we were able to prove that it really does do what it claims on the packaging. Continue reading

a panoramic from the derby day An inexpensive solution for smartphone panoramic shots

The Panoramic Pod works with any decent cameraphone

Having mentioned the existence of the Panoramic Pod before here, we were delighted when I Want One of Those (IWOOT) offered to send us a sample for testing purposes. The device is plainly inexpensive (about $26 or £15.99) and we soon discovered why – it’s not very tall, standing at some five inches (13 cm) high. But it very definitely works and here at GoMo Towers we were more than happy with the results. Despite IWOOT claiming that the Pod is “compatible with Apple and Android smartphones”, it’s near universal and would definitely work with one of Nokia’s mega cameraphones like the Lumia 1020, for example. Continue reading

frictionless payment experience - anderson Bango and Deutsche Telekom hook up for operator billing

Bango claims direct operator billing leadership

A new partnership to widen access to Direct Operator Billing (DOB) for app store purchases has just been announced by Deutsche Telekom in conjunction with Bango.The partnership enables Deutsche Telekom to accelerate DOB deployment. The pair claim this will bring bringing frictionless ‘one click’ payment to DT’s subscribers for apps, music, games and other digital content. Continue reading

best hardware with a unique twist - lau OnePlus announces official partnership with CyanogenMod

New mobile startup announces software partner for upcoming flagship

Press release

January 7th 2014. Pete Lau, CEO of OnePlus, and Steve Kondik, CTO of Cyanogen, have announced the official partnership of OnePlus and Cyanogen Inc. for OnePlus’ flagship device. The CyanogenMod team will develop a customized software experience with specially designed features and exciting new elements debuting on the first OnePlus phone. Continue reading

oneplus one - designed on an apple? OnePlus has missed a trick by bundling Google apps

GoMo had big hopes for this CyanogenMod based handset

When we first heard that there was a handset being shipped with a version of the CyanogenMod mobile OS, here at GoMo Towers we got quite excited. That’s because we like the software and until now, ordinary consumers had to go through the complicated process of ‘rooting’ the handset to get it. However, OnePlus (which is part of the Chinese group – Oppo) has done a deal to ship its much-hyped ‘One’ handset with CyanogenMod version 11. [Not a first because the Oppo N1 shipped with CyanogenMod]. Anyway, the one thing we knew about CyanogenMod is that it doesn’t come as standard with all of Google’s apps. Sadly, the One does so we think OnePlus has missed a big trick. Continue reading

xds_2014 XDS External Development Summit 2014

[ September 10, 2014 10:00 am to September 12, 2014 8:00 pm. ] Organisers: XDI
Venue: Vancouver Convention Centre
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Web: www.xdsummit.com
Hashtag: #xdsummit!

Register: here

XDS (eXternal Development Summit) is the external is the first professionals-only event for the video gaming industry. It’s primary focus is on external development for art, animation and software engineering. Continue reading

Christopher_Austin Guest Post: 5 most inspirational games in 2014

by Christopher Austin, a freelance writer who sometimes works with Airplane Games 365

As a video game developer, brainstorming for ideas for a new game is one of the most daunting tasks of the whole process. When the success or failure of the whole project relies on the decisions made at this point, it is easy to understand why it is so stressing. However, there is a neat trick to maximise your chances of success – getting inspiration from games that are already successful. So, here are my Top Games of 2014 that can act as inspirational sources. Continue reading