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mistake to push the touch only Z3 Chen says BlackBerry will go keyboard centric

So why is Indonesia being given the touch Z3?

Here at GoMo Towers, we have long argued that BlackBerry’s USP [Unique Selling Point] is the fact that its handsets traditionally sport a very useable keypad. In fact, as long ago as January [2014] we wrote a story saying that ‘BlackBerry is waking up to its Qwerty USP at last‘. So naturally we were delighted to read the reports quoting BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, saying, “The focus is going to be very keyboard-centric.” The smartphone vendor, however, is on course to debut its latest BB10 handset in Indonesia – a key market. Yet the Z3 aka the Jakarta is a touch model with no keypad. We’re also waiting for BlackBerry to wake up to the fact that in emerging markets it needs a dual SIM model. Continue reading

We’re not giving up on handsets, insists BlackBerry’s CEO

But customers will insist on buying old BB7 devices

BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen has again insisted that the ailing Toronto manufacturer is not abandoning the handset business, despite the fact that the bulk customers appear to be shunning the latest BB10 models. Reporting its fiscal fourth quarter, BlackBerry revealed end users purchased 3.4 million smartphones during the three months, but admitted the majority of these were handsets that had already been sold to telecom operators and other “channel partners”. It acknowledged a truer sale of just 1.3 million handsets during the period, lower than Wall Street forecasts of 1.8 million. Continue reading

EE-S5 EE goes with exclusively online deal for pre-order Galaxy S5

Unusually there’s a free return flight bundled in

It seems that the main UK MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] & MVNOs [Mobile Virtual Network Operators] have picked today [March 28th 2014] to announce their deals for the forthcoming S5 handset. For those GoMo News readers living as hermits, the Galaxy S5 is the latest flagship handset offering from the world’s Number One handset vendor – Korea’s Samsung. Naturally, the operators will be competing very heavily to attract potential customers for this iconic handset (which already looks like being a much more successful follow-up to the classic S3 than the S4 ever was). Significantly, EE has decided to offer a very interesting package to potential S5 owners – which involves a free flight bundled in. Continue reading

NStore-plants Nokia Store leak to Android is pretty pants

Handset vendor’s flagship free apps won’t run under regular Android

When we discovered that it was possible to port the ‘Nokia Store’ app which appears on the Nokia X AOSP [Android Open Source Project] onto a regular Android handset, we got pretty excited here at GoMo Towers. For example, the prospect of running Nokia’s HERE mapping software on a device not actually built by Nokia was quite enthralling. It seems, however, that Nokia needn’t worry too much about the leakage of its vital IP contained in its flagship apps. So far, we haven’t found a single app from the Nokia Store which will run on our trusty Motorola Moto G. Continue reading

spotify_logo Spotify might be the next to float

Music to somebody’s ears at least

Spotify – the international music streaming company based in Sweden, maybe making plans float on the UK stock market Q3 2014, it is widely rumoured. The reports centre around a story in the Financial Times (FT) earlier this month [March 2014] which said that Spotify had secured a new $200 million line of credit from Morgan Stanley – amongst others. That’s normally interpreted as a move that indicates anIPO is an imminent. Continue reading

dual SIM 4500 Duo prime candidate for instant online Dual SIM handsets need instant online

GoMo News reckons Prestigio is prime candidate

Regular GoMo News readers will know that this publication has already named 2014 as ‘The Year of the dual SIM support‘. Our prediction has already come true with Nokia not just launching a handset capable of running Android apps but it is also dual SIM too. What’s happening is that handset manufacturers are now selling dual SIM handsets into developed as well as emerging markets. The HTC One is a case in point. However, if vendors really want to promote dual SIM, the handsets must work first time. Which is where ‘instant online’ comes in. Continue reading

sarah_smith Guest Post: Chartering private jets via mobile apps

by Sarah Smith, a writer who sometimes works with Adagold Aviation

When it emerged that a Middle Eastern family had booked a private jet via an iPhone app, that sparked an era of changes in the way individuals and businesses are now booking their private flights. As the majority of wealthy clients have access to mobile technology – they are using it for virtually everything. So it is no wonder that mobile is also changing the way private jet companies are conducting their chartering business. Continue reading

if you can get it to work - nokia store on android Nokia Store can be accessed by regular Android & Sailfish handsets

Not all Nokia’s AOSP apps will run on them, though

GoMo News has been attempting to discover what apps are available for the Nokia X now that it has been officially released in multiple global markets. For example, the handset sold out in the UAE within a day of going on sale. The ‘X’ is, of course, the first Nokia handset to run Android Open Source Project (AOSP). However, whilst visiting the Nokia app store ( formerly Ovi) via the web, we still aren’t able to set the ‘X’ as our default handset. This in turn has led GoMo to discover that it is theoretically possible to access Nokia’s Android apps stash by downloading an Nokia Store app to your Android – or even Sailfish – handset. If you can get it to work that is. Continue reading

believers in app ecosystem - segerstrale Mobile app development platform AppGyver receives $2.5m in ‘Super Angel’ funding

More capital investment for the company that helps developers create native app demos for iOS and Android

Press release

March 27th 2014. AppGyver, a provider of innovative tools for rapid mobile app development, has announced an extended seed super – angel investment of $2.5 million. AppGyver’s take on making mobile app development a fun experience for novice and seasoned developers alike attracted multiple investors, led by Initial Capital and Open Ocean Capital. The new funds will be deployed for sales and marketing, as well as new development efforts and R&D to develop new integration with cloud services. Continue reading