Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world.
This week.. Apple and Google release phone technology to notify users of coronavirus exposure, Nokia Claims “World Record” Live 5G Mobile Speed of 4.7Gbps, how mobile enterprise tech can help startups weather the Covid-19 crisis and much more…
Apple and Google have released long-awaited smartphone technology to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus.
The companies had announced the unprecedented collaboration to leverage their technology to help trace and contain the spread of coronavirus last month, and say 22 countries and several US states are already planning to build voluntary phone apps using their software.
Finnish networking firm Nokia claims to have achieved a “world record” 5G based mobile broadband speed of 4.7Gbps (Gigabits per second) via their live Over-the-Air (OTA) network in the USA (Dallas, Texas), which used the company’s existing commercial software and hardware solutions. Interestingly 4G helped to give it a boost.
The global Covid-19 pandemic has put startups in a dire situation, with many struggling to stay afloat.
A survey by Startup Genome found that globally, 41% of startups have only three months of cash runway left, while 74% have seen revenues decrease as a result of the crisis.
Emnify CEO Frank Stoecker discusses the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the IoT industry and moving cellular networks to the cloud.
The Covid-19 pandemic has spurred on digital transformation in many areas, as companies rethink traditional strategies and try to reach people who may be staying home more. While this is a challenge for many, it presents opportunities for others.
As they face up to competition from a slew of new ‘virtual banks’, Hong Kong’s traditional lenders are broadly optimistic about their future in the fintech era.
Last year the Hong Kong Monetary Authority handed out licences to eight new virtual banks in an effort to encourage fintech innovation and boost competition in the territory’s banking sector.
In cryptocurrency and blockchain, the past year has been significant. Cryptocurrency saw an uptick in litigation around fraud and misuse in 2019, with investors logging losses of more than $4 billion to malicious actors (a significant increase from the previous year). Meanwhile, blockchain enjoyed a rise in mainstream enterprise interest. And now, we’re seeing even more momentum around how cryptocurrency and blockchain can be applied to deal with some of the public crises emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mobile advertising was much less affected by the coronavirus pandemic when compared to desktop advertising during the first three months of 2020, according to PubMatic.
The findings from the digital technology company’s Q1 2020 Quarterly Mobile Index report showed mobile impression volume on publisher sites was flat between pre- and post-COVID-19 impact, while desktop volume declined.
The COVID-19 pandemic took just weeks to spread across the world, affecting the daily lives of consumers all over the globe. There have been millions of confirmed cases, hundreds of thousands of deaths, and the lockdowns — put in place to help slow the rate of infection and fatalities — have severely disrupted the global economy.
Of course, there are more important things to be doing at a time like this than discussing mobile gaming, but as with all other businesses, COVID-19 has left its mark on the industry.
Mobile payments have been gaining popularity, especially among younger consumers, with a 41% jump in volume from 2018 to 2019. Now there are urgent reasons for more consumers to pay with their phones. As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, mobile checkout and online banking apps are helping millions of people take care of business while they’re stuck at home.