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Miles_Quitmann Guest Post: Don’t forget the rest of the mobile journey when thinking about beacons

by Miles Quitmann, CCO with Proxama

There has been a lot of discussion about the potential for Bluetooth beacon technology or iBeacons as Apple has branded it, particularly its use in retail. Given interesting roll outs by EasyJet, Virgin Atlantic and Major League Baseball, it is clear that Beacon technology is not limited to retail but has the potential to transcend these boundaries. ABI Research recently forecast that the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) device market would reach 60 million within the next five years. Coupled with these use cases it is clear that confidence in the technology is growing strong. Continue reading

Apple may prepare for the big screen revolution Netbiscuits suggests

Also provides interesting stats on LTE & rise of Wiko & bq

The findings of the Netbiscuits Web Trends Report for Q2 2014 make for some very interesting reading. For example, globally, the Apple iPhone 5 series of mobiles replaced the 4 and 4S as the most used device for surfing the web on mobile phones in Q2 2014. Whereas in the UK, the iPhone 4 &4S remain the most popular devices probably due to long, restrictive contracts. Netbiscuits also suggests that Apple is preparing for the big screen revolution when releases the iPhone 6. On the LTE front, South Korea and USA lead the way in LTE adoption. Astonishingly, there’s also been a rise in the number of European based handset vendors. Wiko (France), and bq (Spain) have burst into the Top 50 devices in their own countries for the first time with a 3 per cent and 1.5 per cent share respectively. The 5 to 5.9 inch category grew its share from 21 per cent in Q1 2014 to 25 per cent in Q2 and is set for further growth. Continue reading

Rise of the local challengers – disruptors battle Apple and Samsung mobile domination

Fractured mobile landscape – Asian device fragmentation trend hits Europe with Wiko and bq gaining traction
Emergence of the Visual Society – Bigger is better, as consumers screen sizes reflect their desire for the optimum visual experience
LTE’s chequered adoption – South Korea and USA lead the march but connection issue runs deeper than availability of 4G service

Press release

July 29th 2014. Apple and Samsung are experiencing their first major challenge from disruptive European vendors, according to the Netbiscuits Web Trends Report for Q2 2014. The report, based on actual consumer web usage in more than across 242 countries found that Wiko (France) and bq (Spain) have burst into the Top 50 devices in their own countries for the first time with a 3 per cent and 1.5 per cent share respectively. Continue reading

1m+ now enjoy benefits of Vodafone 4G - rose Vodafone claims to be the 1st UK MNO to sell Google’s Chromecast

Special deal for anyone with Vodafone Red 4G plan

Vodafone is claiming to be the first mobile network operator [MNO] in the UK to sell Google’s Chromecast media-streaming device. The company is making Chromecast available to all Vodafone customers at an RRP price of £30 through Vodafone’s 375 retail outlets across the UK. Significantly, however, the device is available to all new and existing Red 4G customers at the discounted price of £25. “With more than one million customers now enjoying the benefits of Vodafone 4G, we’re expecting Chromecast to be a big hit,” commented Cindy Rose, consumer director with Vodafone UK. Continue reading

It’s possible to recover SD files – revisited

GoMo News unimpressed by reader’s recommendation of Remo Recover

It’s that time of year again and yet another GoMo News reader accidentally deleted all of the photos stored on his smartphone’s SD memory card. Which was a disaster since he’d just returned from a highly enjoyable holiday [vacation] in Italy. Worse still, our reader subsequently took three new photos – which were saved onto the memory card. Luckily, we’d encountered this problem before (see ‘It is actually possible to recover deleted SD card files‘).
Subsequent to publishing that story, reader, Darrien Gordon , emailed us to recommend “the most widely used and popular tool known as Remo Recover.” We beg to differ. We found it unuseable. Good news? We eventually recovered 50 photo files for our reader. Continue reading

Action demanded on stolen contract phone bills

UK Charity, Citizens Advice, asks for promised ‘cap’ to materialise

The UK government has been urged to take action to ‘cap’ the high bills incurred by subscribers whose contract phones have been stolen. UK Charity, Citizens Advice, says that proposals to prevent subscribers from being asked to pay as much as £17,000 ($29,000) were supposed to have been introduced in Q2 2014. However, Brits are still receiving bills they simply cannot afford to pay. Back in December 2013, the UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced that four MNOs [Mobile Network Operators] – Three (3UK), EE, Vodafone and Virgin Media but not Spain’s O2, had agreed to cap bills. UK banks, for example, cap frauds @ £50. The situation highlights the pressing need for MNOs to introduce real-time fraud detection systems. Especially for roamers. Continue reading

use the chant, luke Marley Chant speaker is cool alternative to festival going

If you can’t join ‘em beatbox ‘em

This weekend GoMo News should really have been in Charlton Park, England attending the WOMAD world music festival. But it just didn’t happen. Luckily the House of Marley decided to come to our rescue and cheer us up by loaning us the Chant – a Bluetooth compatible portable speaker. Let’s face it – this device looks totally cool right down from its ‘REWIND’ fabric cover to the little Ethiopian (rasta) flag label. It’s the perfect accessory for creating your own mini music festival using a smartphone/tablet and/or MP3/music player [Think iPod]. The main reason we’re giving this product a rave review is that the sound it produces is really unbelievably good for a device so small, light and portable. It also happens to be genuinely easy to use. Continue reading

GoMo kind of likes the WOMAD festival app

Improvement on previous years

We should actually be in a field in Wiltshire right now but circumstances beyond our control meant we haven’t gone to the WOMAD world music festival this year [2014]. Nonetheless we decided to review the events’ Android app anyway. Especially since our gut feeling is that the app is a lot better than previous years. Once again it has been created by App Majik and it only appeared a few days before the festival started. Our view is that apps like this should be released a few weeks in advance and it should be left to users to download the updates. Continue reading

ManageEngine launches Wi-fi Monitor Plus

Free Android app monitors, analyses, surveys Wi-fi signals & finds channel interference

  • Survey sites and gain visibility into signal strength; see heat maps
  • Add Channel Graph widget to device’s home screen
  • Export, email and save reports
  • Download WiFi Monitor Plus here

Press release

24th July 2014. ManageEngine, the real-time IT management company, has launched WiFi Monitor Plus. Available immediately, the free diagnostic app lets IT admins in SMBs and large enterprises monitor, analyse and survey Wi-fi signals in any area, directly from their Android mobile devices. Wi-fi Monitor Plus is available for download here . Continue reading