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UK mobile payment service Paym to close in March 2023

UK mobile payment service Paym will close on 7th March 2023. The service, which allowed users to make and receive payments using their mobile phone numbers, was launched in 2014.
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How AI technology is transforming the smartphone experience

How AI technology is transforming the smartphone experience

From improved performance to personalized recommendations, AI is enhancing the functionality and usability of smartphones for users

By incorporating advanced algorithms and machine learning capabilities, AI can help to optimize a smartphone's performance, providing users with a faster, more efficient and user-friendly experience.
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European smartphone shipments fall to lowest Q1 total since 2013

A new report from Counterpoint Research's Market Monitor service shows European smartphone shipments dropping by 12% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2022. That's the lowest Q1 total since 2013.
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Qualcomm legal action moves forward in the UK

Qualcomm legal action moves forward in the UK

Which? seeks payout for Samsung and Apple smartphone owners

Consumer protection organisation Which? has been given permission by the UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal to represent Apple and Samsung smartphone buyers in a legal case against chip manufacturer Qualcomm.
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Google announces new devices

Google announces new devices

Pixel Watch, smartphones, earbuds and more

Google's 2022 I/O conference for developers has seen the company previewing new products, including its Pixel 7 smartphone, a Pixel tablet and the first smartwatch entirely built by Google.
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Last week at The Fonecast: 5th June 2012

Don't expect a positive answer from the Oracle

Mark Bridge writes:

Here in the UK, we have a double Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. That means two days away from work for many of us (and also two days of unseasonably bad weather, according to tradition).

In fact, the three of us at The Fonecast are celebrating our own anniversary this month. It’s been six years since we started podcasting about the mobile phone industry. We’ll be revisiting some of those early programmes - and the biggest mobile news headlines from 2006 - in this week’s podcast on Wednesday.

The biggest news from the last few days is what can loosely be called a ‘conclusion’ to the Android-related legal battle between Google and Oracle. No patents were infringed, no copyright was breached... and there’s no chance this will be the last we hear of it. Expect an appeal from Oracle and much discussion about the copyright of coding.

Research In Motion made another unwelcome return to the headlines by warning that its next set of quarterly results would show an operating loss – and it’s also expecting to cut staff numbers. Disappointment from Cisco as well; it’s stopped work on the business-focussed Cius tablet.

But cheer up; it’s not all bad news. There’s been plenty happening in the world of payments, with Gartner’s research anticipating over £100 billion being transacted via mobile this year and Juniper Research expecting a quarter of European mobile users to be paying via NFC within 5 years.

A new app called PayPal inStore is now offering mobile payments in high-street shops without NFC, another mobile payment solution has just launched for UK businesses and the m-ticket innovators at Masabi have demonstrated how NFC phones can be used as smart transport tickets.

Customer service has been attracting plenty of attention too. Everything Everywhere says it’s going to redesign its service operations around handset operating systems and the devices that use them, while Ofcom has opened a consultation about an improved 'text relay' service for mobile users with hearing and speech impairments.

Finally for now, let’s turn to a different kind of mobile service. As the Diamond Jubilee weekend moves towards its conclusion, all eyes turn to the London 2012 Olympics. Mobile technology is ready to cope with the visitors... but it’s not what you might expect.

A recent announcement from BT has confirmed it’s on track to have 500,000 WiFi hotspots working across London in time for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including exclusive WiFi service across the Olympic Park in East London. And Virgin Media has named a list of 82 London Underground stations that will offer free WiFi this summer. Perhaps an excellent opportunity for a VoIP call to tell your friends “I’m in a tunnel”.

Hmmm. I’m sure I’ve said that before.

Start your week with a reminder of the latest mobile headlines. Simply register at TheFonecast.com by clicking the link at the top right-hand corner of our home page and we’ll send you this weekly news summary by email.

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