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MWC-15_logo Mobile World Congress 2015 Barcelona

[ March 2, 2015 8:00 am to March 5, 2015 6:00 pm. ] Organisers: GSMA
Venue: Fira Gran Via
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Web: www.mobileworldcongress.com

Register: here

Without doubt, this is the world’s premier conference and exhibition covering the cellular/mobile ecosystem. In 2014 it enjoyed a record attendance of over 85,000 attendees from 201 countries. Continue reading

more resources to speed up delivery - khalaf Industry reaction to Flurry acquisition by Yahoo!

Deal should enable Yahoo! to offer better ad placement

Although the deal was announced back on July 21st [2014] by Yahoo!, there’s been a slow reaction and analysis to the acquisition of a mobile analytics specialist such as Flurry. The deal between and Yahoo and Flurry was reportedly worth over $200 million but subject to customary closing conditions. Having heard nothing to the contrary, GoMo News assumes the deal has gone ahead. Yahoo has, of course, been trying hard to diversify its revenue stream by focusing more on its mobile revenues. Flurry’s technology should help Yahoo to grow its revenue from smartphone users. Continue reading

Brits update world leading fantasy footie app

GoMo meets team in London’s high tech Thirsty Bear pub

One of the main reasons why GoMo News trekked up to London’s Waterloo area was the fact that we were meeting in London’s high tech Thirsty Bear pub. Where you can order your drinks on an iPad. But we also wanted an insight into the thinking of a currently successful mobile game developer. And as such managed a cozy chat with Des O’Connor, a producer with Square Enix which has just released Champ Man 15. This is a world leading fantasy footie app and apparently ’15′ will appear first in the Apple iTunes App Store. Why this developer is releasing the iOS version first (rather than the Android version) totally eluded us. Continue reading

new sprint ceo - claure Sprint acquires Marcelo Claure as new CEO

Drops its bid for T-Mobile USA

The USA’s third largest MNO [Mobile Network Operator], Sprint (formerly Sprint Nextel) has reportedly dropped its bid for T-Mobile USA in the face of mounting regulatory resistance. T-Mobile USA is, of course, owned by Germany’s Deutsche Telekom whilst Sprint is owned by Japan’s SoftBank. This move followed swiftly after the news that
fourth largest US MNO, T-Mobile USA, had rejected a $15.5 billion (£9.2 billion) takeover bid from a French conglomerate – Iliad. The offer was apparently too low. Continue reading

unified emm could have saved the bbc's robinson Unified EMM helps with lost mobile devices

It’s a kind of BYOD on steroids for getting your handset back

IT departments have always been keen on their TLAs [Three letter Acronyms] as a way of convincing management that their services are vital. In the mobile age, nothing has changed it seems. GoMo News has just been contacted by FrontRange who inform us that a “Unified EMM solution is a must for IT organisations.” EMM stands for enterprise mobility management, of course. To back up this claim, FrontRange quotes a recent survey of IT organisations which found that nearly 42 per cent of them believe a unified EMM solution is crucial to their business. Actually, when you research what unified EMM is, they are probably right. Continue reading

ceasefire_gaza GoMo story from 2009 accidentally goes mega

shows depth of feeling over crisis in Gaza

As a result of an unfortunate bug in our content publishing system, stories posted on GoMo News don’t actually display the year when they were published. Consequently, a story we first published five years ago in 2009 – ‘Mobile SMS petition gains over 100,000 texts for Gaza appeal’ has gone mega. As far as we can tell, therefore, texting the word “Ceasefire” to the text shortcode 81819 won’t help ease current [2014] tensions in the Middle East. Continue reading

left 2 right - krishnan, nayar, pulickal M&C Saatchi lands Delhi’s February in agency partnership

It’s all going to be happening in Shahpur Jat

Following a strategic review of M&C Saatchi Worldwide’s operations, Saatchi’s new Indian agency – M&C Saatchi February has been created. It’s a tie-up between February & M&C Saatchi and will be headquartered in February‘s offices in Delhi’s up-and-coming creative zone of Shahpur Jat. Significantly, February’s founders Gopal Krishnan and Nirmal Pulickal will be taking over leadership of the combined operation. The pair will be supported by Anjali Nayar, who is currently CEO of M&C Saatchi Delhi. Whilst India is the world’s second most populous country, it is currently the fourteenth largest advertising market. Plus it has one of the lowest advertising spends per capita. However, with the advertising marketing already growing by 8 per cent per annum. Hence the deal. Continue reading

leap forward for mobile payments - howe Blackhawk helps Barclays add e-gifting to Pingit

Should help brands via increased customer data capture

It’s a logical progression, really. If you have a fully operational mobile payments service why not add a digital gift card service to it. That’s exactly what has happened with leading UK bank, Barclays, which has entered a partnership with Blackhawk Network to offer what it calls an eGift service. It works in conjunction with Barclays’ Pingit mobile banking service which is open to both Barclays and non-Barclays customers. BlackHawk has enabled Barclays to tap into a range of eGifts from entertainment, dining, gaming, fashion, health & beauty and leisure brands. The launch on Android and iOS devices is scheduled for later in August [2014]. Continue reading

most advanced mobile communications - shin Samsung electronics becomes 1st smartphone provider to achieve joyn Blackbird accreditation

joyn Blackbird brings latest RCS standard of advanced messaging and calling features to Samsung Galaxy devices on all networks

Press release

August 1st 2014. Samsung Electronics is pleased to be recognised as the first smartphone provider accredited with joyn Blackbird from the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA), the latest level of accreditation among Rich Communications Services (RCS)-based services. As the only company among smartphone providers and RCS-based application developers currently joyn Blackbird accredited, Samsung again proves it is at the forefront of the fastest mobile technology. The incorporation of joyn Blackbird provides Samsung Galaxy owners on major operators’ networks with more stable and convenient chat, live video and file sharing capabilities. Continue reading