Tag Archives: Sony
Rating: Is it preparing a W7 Mango phone as well?
Things ain’t looking to good for Sony Ericsson which shipped a mere nine million handsets during Q4 2011. Shipments were down by 20 per cent year-to-year but worst still 5 per cent lower than Q3 . That’s bad because Q4 is normally good thanks to Xmas present sales. Most observers point out, however, that Sony Ericsson is the first in its league to report sales and both HTC’s and Motorola’s figures shouldn’t be much better. Q4 2011 was the last time this business will report as Sony Ericsson. Sony bought out its partner of 11 years in October 2011. GoMo News believes that the new name will be Sony Mobile Communications and if the US press is to be believed, the company will focus much more intently on the North American market than it has in the past. Continue reading
Rating: Finns miscalculate power of the mobile app
There’s absolutely no doubt that – taken in isolation – Finnish handset vendor Nokia is still producing the best mobile phone handsets there are around. However, the landscape has changed massively from the days when the former No: 1 handset producer (by a long chalk) could sit back on its laurels and watch its rivals fight for market share. What Finland’s champion appears to have overlooked is the importance of apps in the fast-growing smartphone sector. GoMo News can’t guess what Nokia assumed would happen. But instead of loyal Symbian app developers simply swapping their efforts over from one mobile OS favoured by Nokia (Symbian) to another (WP7), it seems that developers are all simply following market forces. Continue reading
Rating: Yes, but will it fly? Ah, but GSM did
It sounds like a great idea. Why not create a single platform for developing web applications that will run across mobile, PC, home media (TV) and in-car environments. Next come up with a name for it. They’ve picked webinos which apparently means a – Secure Web Operating System Application Environment. Not a brilliant name but the next bit makes a load of sense. Launch your first set of specifications. That exactly what the EU webinos consortium has just done. The million dollar question is … will anybody actually take webinos up? Continue reading
Rating: Latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech
Sony Ericsson was being squeezed out by HTC and Samsung as its share of UK Android sales dropped down to just 8.5 per cent compared to 20.5 per cent last year . Meanwhile HTC has managed to maintain its grip on the British Android market taking 44.8 per cent of Android sales in the past 12 weeks. – according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech (KWC). Samsung is close behnind HTC with sales of the Galaxy S II and Ace handsets driving its share of Android sales up to 37.9 per cent compared with 25.2 per cent in 2010. Other interesting findings are that RIM is still second in the UK smartphone market whilst Nokia is the lead phone supplier in Brazil. Continue reading
Here’s your Tuesday round-up of the hottest mobile marketing stories from across the globe.
Here’s your Friday round-up of the hottest mobile marketing stories from across the globe.
Today’s edition looks at Google’s mobile advertising success from the Android platform, more doom and gloom for Sony Ericsson; O2 trialing VOIP in London and more… Continue reading
Rating: The LiveDock Android docking station impressed too
Analysts might not have been able to predict Nokia’s rapid decline in the smartphone sector, but GoMo News can certainly predict a rapid rise in Sony Ericsson’s (SE) standing amongst the UK press. After last night’s Sony Ericsson Summer Showcase, that is. Not only did the wine and [...]
Rating: Two Danish operators embed its app in to Nokia Na SE phones
It appears that Scanbuy which modestly bills itself as “the global leader in mobile barcode solutions is quietly stitching up the Danish market. It just announced that two of the countries leading mobile operators –Telenor and Telia Denmark will be providing handsets with Scanbuy’s barcode app pre-loaded. Showing their loyalty to the Nordic region’s native handset providers, this app will be loaded onto Nokia‘s N8 and Sony Ericsson‘s Xperia arc, Xperia neo and Xperia Play handsets. Northern Europe hasn’t abandoned Nokia, obviously. The fact that Scanbuy has been able to land this pair as customers is probably down to two factors. Firstly both Telenor and Telia have only recently entered into a network sharing agreement and are obvious already close. And secondly, that Scanbuy had the foresight to open an office in Denmark some years ago.esight to open an office in Denmark some years ago. Continue reading
Rating: Access Sony’s music and video subscription service
A new handset, the Live with Walkman, has just been launched by Sony Ericsson (SE). The company claims a range of built-in apps turn this Android Gingerbread (2.3) handset into a real social music machine. GoMo News believes that this is the first handset from Sony Ericsson that actually has the Qriocity apps built in. The music version of Qriocity – Music Unlimited was released as an Android app back in June  and the video version back in July . The company implies that you can only run these Android apps on its Xperia range of handsets but we’re not so sure. If the system had accepted our credit card number we might have been able to prove otherwise. Continue reading
Rating: Larry Page says it will supercharge Android 3 times
The balance of power in the cellular handset market is shifting again. First we’ve seen manufacturers break free of the shackles of the mobile network operators with the likes of Apple’s iPhone. Now we are seeing the software vendors dominating the hardware suppliers. Nokia’s dalliance with Microsoft kicked off the trend. Now Google has decided to acquire Motorola’s handset division (Motorola Mobility) for around $12.5 billion. This has caused Google’s CEO, Larry Page, to declare that nothing has changed and that the company will continue to work with its existing hardware partners. Actually, there’s about 38 of them but you coluld always check this with the Open Handset Alliance here. It also spurred Mr Page into using the word supercharge three times. [Four if you count the headline.] This move will profoundly change the dynamics of the mobile phone industry, whatever you view on the wisdom of the acquisition is. Continue reading
Rating: Is this an issue the industry should be taking seriously?
It’s not every day that you get to converse with a real life poet but they do have a nasty habit of asking really searching questions. And Fran Lock was no exception when she asked GoMo News whether or not it was possible to purchase a smartphone which was genuinely conflict (materials) free (CF). It’s over a year since Nicolas Kristof wrote in his column here about ‘blood phones’ and we don’t appear to have made much progress in this direction. Given that all the leading producers of smartphones have been singled out by those campaigning against the use of components in electronic devices (including smartphones), it raises the question – should handset vendors be treating this whole issue more seriously? Continue reading
Rating: The odds are that it will
The art of creating a buzz around your product must surely be to get people guessing what the next version will contain even before the latest update is commercially available. Apple is an expert at this game and the fact that blogs are alive with rumours about an iPhone 5 should not come as any surprise to anyone. It’s almost like there’s a Boore’s Law than the level of speculation with double with every new generation of the iPhone. Luckily one of the news sites – CNET – has come up with a round-up of all iPhone rumours to date. View it here.Perhaps the most important question is whether or not the iPhone 5 will contain an NFC chip. If GoMo News was into gambling, we would have to bet on the fact that it will. Continue reading
Rating:Train ticketing app for ancient handsets
Here’s a company which has recognised that millions of Britons are being left out of the mobile data revolution because their handset is an ordinary phone not the latest all-singing, all dancing smartphone. Mobile ticketing expert, Masabi, has just announced that it has extended the reach of its ticketing app to owners of boring mobile phones including entry level phones from the likes of Nokia, Sony Ericsson, LG and Samsung. Basically, all you need to have is a mobile phone with access to the Internet correctly installed. To test the theory, try texting the word ‘TRAIN’ to the shortcode – 86688. Continue reading
Rating: Swift round-up Android devices for UK
With all the myriad of handset and tablet launches taking place in Barcelona, it’s quite easy to lose track of where you are as a regular consumer. When can you get your hands on this stuff and from where? So full marks to Vodafone for pointing out what its [...]
Rating: Intends to sell Android apps to rivals
Motorola Mobility (the bit that still handles handsets) has just revealed that it has acquired 3LM (Three Laws Mobility). 3LM has developed Android apps which aim to provide enterprises with security and mobile device management software. This is exactly the kind of stuff you need to sell to major corporations and government bodies. It “addresses ease-of-use, cost-of-management and security concerns for IT managers and CIOs.” So just like RIM eased IBM out the door with its BlackBerry dedicated email devices, Motorola hopes to ease RIM out the door via Android based apps. The subtle difference is that Motorola isn’t going to makes these apps exclusive to itself. It fully intends to sell 3LM based products to rival manufacturers. Continue reading