Tag Archives: symbian
Rating: It’s just not possible, OK?
We were wondering why a number of readers were asking us about a possible OS upgrade for a legacy Nokia handset – the N97. Most readers want to know how they can install the latest version of Symbian – Belle, on this handset. The short answer is that you can’t. The N97 was running S60V5 – which translates roughly to Series 60 v5.0 in layman’s terms. So it simply can’t take an upgrade to either Anna or Belle. Why do people think it is possible, we wondered? Then we found a reference to it in a Nokia discussions forum here. Sadly, it is a spoof claim. Continue reading
Rating: Whatever happened to Nokia’s MeeGo sales figures
The focus and a very high percentage of the analysis over the last few days has focussed on the battle between Samsung and Apple for dominance in the smartphone sector. With a BlackBerry 10 OS handset or handsets set for release in a few days time [January 30th 2013], RIM has drawn some focus as well. But poor old Nokia frequently get left out in the cold. Even though it did quite well in Q4 2012. That said as the accompanying graph illustrates, 2012 saw a gradual decline in the smartphone market for Nokia. Continue reading
Google’s Android OS has become the first to surpass 100 million quarterly shipments in a single quarter, according to new figures from research firm IDC.
More than 136 million Android handsets were sold during the period, giving the platform a 75 per cent market share of all shipments.
IDC says that Android also saw its shipments rise by 91.5 per cent over the same quarter for 2011, a growth rate roughly double that of the smartphone market generally. Continue reading
Overtaken by Blackberry manufacturer RIM
Finnish manufacturer Nokia has dropped off the world’s top five list of smartphone makers for the first time, latest figures from research firm IDC indicate. It says that while the overall phone market grew 2.4 per cent in Q3 compared to the same period in 2011, it was Korea’s Samsung taking the lion’s share of sales closely followed by Apple. Handset makers shipped 444.5 million mobile phones during the three months with, perhaps surprisingly, Canada’s Research in Motion beating Nokia to the No.5 slot with the rest of the leading vendors made up of Taiwan’s HTC and China’s ZTE. Continue reading
Storm clouds are thought to be gathering over Finnish phone manufacturer Nokia as it braces itself for its Q3 results tomorrow [18th October 2012] when results are expected to be weak.
Analysts will be looking to see just how poor Nokia’s performance has been in the period, especially for sales of smartphones which are expected to be sluggish despite the introduction of new Lumia handsets based on the Windows Phone operating system. Continue reading
Rating: Unites stats for multiple leading app stores
It’s surprising how little information the big players in the app store market provide to developers. The only analytic provided by Apple’s iTunes App Store and Google Play (formerly Android Market) is download count. That’s all you get! Hence HTML5 specialist, appMobi www.appMobi.com, created storeView for its own internal use. Finding it to be an invaluable tool, the company is giving it away to anyone who’s using HTML5 to create apps. This particularly applies to those using the open source PhoneGap offering. Continue reading
Rating: One of the pioneers of mobile computing
Well it appears that Motorola Solutions has acquired the remnants of Psion in a deal worth around £129 million ($200 million). Incidentally, that’s not the same part of Motorola which makes mobile phones and was recently sold to Google. That was the Motorola Mobility half of the business. Incidentally, there are rumours that Google may be interested in flogging off the Motorola brand and phone technology (but not the patents) to China’s Huawei. It seems Motorola wants Psion for its expertise in creating ruggedized mobile computers. Continue reading
Rating: Microsoft probably aiming to do a Sendo on Nokia
What kind of madness is this? Nokia is in dire straights – nobody disputes that. It has just been forced to announce that another 10,000 jobs will have to go at Nokia. The reason is blatantly obvious. Nokia is in the business of making mobile phones. What does the market demand at the moment? Android handsets – that’s what people want. Let’s face it, there’s no way in the world that Apple is going to licence iOS to Nokia which is the only other way out.Android is the only way. So how does the company react? Offer Android handsets? No, it only decides to sell its stake in one of the last and only really profitable parts of its business – luxury handset vendor, Vertu. Continue reading
Rating: This outfit covers Android, bada, BlackBerry, iOS, Symbian, Windows Mobile & W7 Mango
Stuck for Xmas present ideas? Why not buy them a mobile app or dictionary? That’s because Paragon Software Group has announced a sale from now until January 10th 2012 which includes up to 50 per cent off the regular retail prices of its best-selling utility apps such as Handy Safe Desktop, Handy Converter and PenReader. Paragon is a prolific publisher of apps which cover Android, bada, BlackBerry, iOS, Symbian, Windows Mobile, and even Windows Phone 7 (W7 Mango). Even GoMo News has heard of some of the brand names of dictionaries which the company can offer. The list includes: – Encyclopedia Britannica, Collins, Duden, Merriam-Webster, Oxford, and Paragon’s own Slovoed. The company also says that it has launched all of its apps for iOS5 to include great new features and multitasking support. Continue reading
Rating: Even Acer is now pushing Android handsets with NFC support
A smartphone vendor whose name is virtually synonymous with W7 Mango (especially now that HTC is so heavily associated with Android) has announced that starting with its latest handset, all of the forthcoming brand’s Android smartphones will be equipped with NFC technology. The company is Acer and the Android smartphone in question is the Liquid Express. However, this announcement puts heavy pressure for Microsoft to get its act together and introduce support for NFC in Windows Phone (WP7). Its important for Microsoft to rectify this omission because its other key supporter for Mango and onwards is Nokia. The very latest version of Symbian – Belle – supports NFC, so why doesn’t Windows Phone. Continue reading
Rating: Symbian has used it before
Don’t ask how but GoMo News ended up chatting with CERN’s Axel Naumann at a meal hosted by Coverity in a cheese restaurant in London’s Marylebone district. Naumann works for the European Organisation for Nuclear Research – better known as CERN. Of course – as we all know – Tim Berners-Lee was working at CERN when he accidentally the worldwide web. Anyway, Naumann was telling GoMo News about how he’d used Coverity’s Static Analysis tool to test 50 million lines of software code in Large Hadron Collider software and it helped CERN fix more than 40,000 defects. This got me thinking. Wouldn’t it be a neat trick to apply this tech to a mobile OS? Say bada, Aliyun or Android? Unfortunately Symbian beat me to it. The company had starting using Coverity’s tools back in 2008. Continue reading
Rating: That’s the rapper not the mammal
We’ve never heard of it before, but apparently ketai (see Wikipedia here) is a custom format for novels specially written for reading on a mobile phone. Now – working in conjunction with Nokia – the successful children” story writer author Terry Deary has written one on a Nokia E6. (We’re now sure of that but Nokia thought it was an E7). The novel is called The Perfect Poison Pill Plot and just to give it a boost, Deary has tied up with rap star and Londoner – Chipmunk. He’s released his narrated version in five short video clips which you can see on Nokia’s Facebook pages here. Continue reading
Rating: Is this a wise move Captain Mainwearing?
So, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) here has posted the rumour that ambitious smartphone supplier, Samsung, is seriously considering taking it own mobile OS, bada, down the Open Source route. This move makes sense on a whole bunch of different levels. One of the most obvious is that it takes Samsung’s battle to gain top position in smartphone sales right up into it’s arch enemy territory– Google’s. We all know that Android is ‘Open’ and look where that OS has got itself now. Plus, if Samsung has its very own OS then it won’t have to be so scared in battles over IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) which have broken about between the Korean manufacturing giant and California’s finest – Apple. Continue reading
Rating: You can’t just rely on that iPhone app
The whole of the UK is divided by the type of smartphone OS people have begun to favour. There’s yet another North-South divide, according to a report in The Scotsman here. According to James Richards, director with Intelligent Environments (IE), smartphones powered by Google’s Android operating system remain the most popular models in Scotland and the North of England, while Apple’s iPhone is the favoured brand in London and the South-East of England. So if you’re a retailer with operations north of the border, launching first with an Android app rather than an iPhone app makes a great deal of sense. Continue reading
Rating: Results from latest comScore MobileLens service
Nokia users are still hanging on in there. The latest data released by comScore as part of its MobileLens service covers the five prime mobile markets in Europe. These are France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. These figures are gathered from real smartphone users and are not guesswork. The latest research covers up until July 2011 and compared to the same period last year, the number of smartphone users equipped with a Symbian handset dropped to 38.7 per cent compared to 53.9 per cent in 2010. But Symbian is still the leader by a long chalk because the next biggest OS group is Android followed closely by Apple with RIM and Microsoft still clinging on. Continue reading