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shows our commitment to cross-platform - sims BBM now available for some Windows Phone (ie WP8) users

Only works on WP8 and higher

Press release

July 31st 2014. BlackBerry, a global leader in mobile communications, has announced a collaboration with Microsoft to bring BBM to Windows Phone 8 and higher. “We are intent on bringing the most popular application experiences to Windows Phone, and with BBM, we are pleased to bring many of its top features to the Windows Phone platform,” said Bryan Biniak, vp & general manager for developer experience with Microsoft. “BBM on Windows Phone brings our customers the secure, easy-to-use messaging experience they demand, and we expect that new features will roll out in the months to come.” Continue reading

Will Hill experiences 146% growth in mobile gaming

Almost certainly down to betting on World Cup in Brazil

We’d love to claim that we told you so but actually we did. Last November [2013], GoMo News quoted the bookmakers, Ladbrokes, as predicting here that the [soccer] World Cup in Brazil this Summer [2014] “is likely to be the most competitive sporting event on mobile ever – certainly for Brits.” Now Ladrokes’ arch-rival – William Hill has revealed that enjoyed record-breaking World Cup activity with online wagering for the tournament up 211 per cent on 2010. Sadly, the company doesn’t specifically thank mobile for this feat but it’s pretty obvious from some of the other stats. Oh, and the fact that Ladbrokes stole mobile specialist -Chelsea Apps Factory, from them doesn’t seem to have hurt that much. And they’ve got a new CEO. Continue reading

What to do when your iTunes library gets too big

Not all iPhone users have Macs & large capacity hard drives

Although iPhone fanbois would love to portray it as the case, not all those who have picked an iPhone as their smartphone are owners of other Apple hardware such as Macs and Macbooks with large capacity hard drives. Indeed, GoMo News knows from readers emails and comments that many keep their iTunes music (book and video) libraries on Windows based PCs. Especially ageing Windows XP based laptops. These machines are currently grinding to a halt – chiefly because they are running out of space on the hard drive. One solution? Migrate your iTunes collection to an external hard drive. Continue reading

A50S - cat amongst pigeons Price of Karbon A50S causes turmoil in UK Press

Brits asking why iPhone is £549 and the A50S just £26?
A50S – cat amongst pigeons
The British newspaper, the Daily Mail, (see here)  has managed to set the cat amongst the pigeons with a story about an Indian made handset – the Karbon A50S.  It compared the Indian smartphone against Apple’s finest and asks why one [...]

affordable data roaming is a must - reza India to be key market in international roaming charges battle

WorldSIM calculates 4-day Indian trip would cost £1,280 in roaming

A recent report entitled ‘CFO Innovation Asia’ (commissioned by Concur Technologies) has found that India has emerged as the world’s 10th-largest business travel market. However, travellers can expect to face international roaming bills of £320 per day when travelling to India1. Travellers can face data rates as high as £8 per megabyte. Thus, India ia emerging as key market in battle over international roaming charges amongst the key discount roaming specialists – such as Uros, Top Connect (Travelsim), and WorldSIM. Continue reading

Opera Mediaworks divides 2.3m Brit iPhone app users into 10 groups

All the better to work out which brands they might interwork with

It’s an interesting concept – categorising smartphone (in this case only the iPhone) users via the types of apps they have installed in order to predict how they will interact with mobile ads. Well, that’s exactly what Opera Mediaworks (which claims to be the largest mobile advertising platform) decided to do. The research identified ten different mobile user profiles based on the apps they have. The research was actually conducted by The University of Nottingham’s Advanced Data Analysis Centre. Entitled ‘The App DNA Behavioural Study‘, it categorised 2.3 million British Apple iPhone users.We’re not sure how just studying iOS users helps with targeting Android users, though. Continue reading

same specs for half of the price - tziokas Samsung feels the heat from local producers

China’s Xiaomi and India’s Karbonnare the beneficiaries

It appears from the latest revenue figures from Samsung that the handset giant is coming under great price pressure from local phone manufacturers. It is interesting to see that Samsung is struggling in key emerging markets such as India and China due to local competitors plus a lack of relevance for Chinese consumers who want more high-end devices. Samsung seems to be losing out to China’s Xiaomi and India’s Karbonnare. By contrast, when Apple recently shared its results these included growth in China, which accounted significantly for its increase in earnings. Continue reading

juniper-logo Smartphone sales surging ahead says Juniper

Apple & Samsung decline vs Huawei, LG & Lenovo rise

According to Juniper Research Whilst global smartphone shipments exceeded 290 million units in Q2 2014, Samsung and Apple both lost market share. The chief beneficiaries were Huawei, LG and Lenovo. Significantly, Juniper anticipates that emerging nations in Far East & China, Indian Subcontinent, Latin America and Africa & Middle East will account for over 50 per cent of the global smartphones shipped in 2014. The 290m million represented 26 per cent y-o-y [year-on-year] growth and 2 per cent q-o-q [quarter-on-quarter] growth. Continue reading

michael joseph Vodafone’s Michael Joseph wins PICMET award

Acknowledges Mr M-Pesa’s work in building world’s largest mobile money system

Vodafone‘s director of mobile money, Michael Joseph, (affectionately known as Mr M-Pesa) has won a prestigious award from from PICMET (Portland International Centre for Management of Engineering and Technology) for leadership in technology management. Of course, M-Pesa – the mobile money transfer and payment service, has transformed the lives of millions of unbanked people living in emerging markets. Hence his PICMET LTM award recognises this work. Joseph joins a line of industry greats such as Jong-Yong Yun – CEO with Samsung Electronics and Intel’s Andy Grove. Continue reading