Windows gamble isn’t paying off, they claim
Angry Nokia shareholders have warned the company’s CEO, Stephen Elop, that time is running out to turn the Finnish manufacturer around.
Since Elop abandoned Nokia’s own Symbian operating system in favour of the Windows Phone platform in 2011, the company has had little success in denting the smartphone duopoly of Apple and Samsung.
Elop, himself a former Microsoft executive, was criticised at the time for gambling the future of Nokia with an untested platform. Yesterday (7th May 2013), at the phone maker’s AGM, investors rounded on him again – calling on him to start making Android handsets instead. Continue reading
[ May 29, 2013; 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. ] Webinar from Market Finder
Here’s a topic which could well interest many of our readers – the impact of mobile on search advertising. A webinar from Market Finder aiming to outline how mobile devices have dramatically changed the dynamics of online search. Speakers will include Rebecca Momberg director of client solutions and strategy with Marin Software which just so happens to be sponsoring the event. The other speaker is Andrew Gerrard who is head of social business with Like Minds. Continue reading
Not only the future but the present, too
The guys running the Windows Phone development blog here have come up with some very interesting stats on the WP ecosystem since the launch of Windows Phone 8. Microsoft has seen over a 100 per cent increase in app downloads and a nearly 140 per cent increase in paid app revenue. However, the most interesting revelation is that Windows Phone has added 15 new mobile operator billing partners since August 2012, That brings its total number of supported partners to 25 in 19 markets – which actually surpasses Google Play. As Michael Whelan, CEO with txtNation, points out, “Operator Billing is not only the future, it is the present.” It’s obviously the way to go. Continue reading
Why we think it makes sense
The news wires have been burning over the last few days ever since Amazon appears to have mistakenly ‘outed’ the Acer W3-810, a new 8.1-inch tablet which was listed for $379.99. The reason everyone got so excited is that the device seemed to be running the Windows 8 OS. It’s still about twice the price you might expect to pay for a popular Android such as the Google Nexus 7 or the Amazon Kindle Fire HD. However, it’s much closer in price than your typical Windows 9 or RT tablet. If it could competitively price a Microsoft tablet, GoMo News thinks that Nokia might be tempted into the tablet space. Continue reading
Tiled interface too much of a learning curve
Microsoft is planning to do a u-turn over key elements of its Window 8 operating system, it’s claimed, after many users found the new platform difficult to master. The Seattle giant is due to release an update to the OS later this year and, in an interview with the Financial Times, its head of marketing Tammy Reller admitted the “learning curve was real,” hinting that significant changes were on the way.
The admission also puts a question mark over Windows Phone 8, Microsoft’s current mobile operating system and which deploys the same Windows NT kernal. Continue reading
Nothing to do with speculative May 14th new launch, apparently
Here at GoMo News Towers we were puzzled to be suddenly on the end of a Nokia e-shot for its Lumia 720 model. We regard this as a simple upgrade to the Nokia Lumia 800 which we have on contract from Orange/EE. Nokia’s numbering conventions have always puzzled the consumer but in this case, the 720 is a newer model than the 800. So it can run Windows Phone 8 whereas the Lumia 800 can’t. It is stuck with Windows Phone 7.8. Continue reading
uSwitch finds we only pay for roughly 11 % of ‘em
There’s a bit of a hole in the Android app ecosystem it seems – especially when it comes to Brits paying for them. New research from uSwitch.com found that whilst on average most have no fewer than 29 apps for their smartphones, they only pay for one in ten ( or around 11 per cent) of their apps. Furthermore, most Android smartphones have become ‘app graveyards’. 61 per cent of Brits use less than half the installed smartphone apps whilst nearly a third (29 per cent) use less than a quarter. Continue reading
[ September 18, 2013 9:00 am to September 19, 2013 8:00 pm. ] Organisers: Telecom Council of Silicon Valley
Venue: Juniper Networks’ offices
Location: 1194 N. Mathilda, Sunnyvale, California, USA
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Someone has taken mobile in loo usage research seriously
Over the years we’ve run numerous stories reporting the heavy use of mobile phones in the loo [bathroom/toilet]. When BT carried out trials of mobile TV, it tried to bury the fact that watching in the loo was a popular pastime. Here’s a couple of good examples of loo usage … ‘Another survey finds Brits answer phone in the loo‘ plus ‘11% of iOS fans search for apps on loo‘. Now it seems that a company called Atech Flash has treated all these stats seriously and produced a set of Bluetooth speakers specifically designed to work in the loo. The product is known as the iCarta 2 and –get this – it incorporates a toilet tissue holder so that it can be easily installed in your bathroom/toilet. Continue reading