Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world.
This week.. Mobile users to be able to sell their data under Streamr, GSMA partnership, FB to roll out secure hosting service for businesses on WhatsApp, Private networks to play growing role in IoT and much more…
A partnership between Swiss real-time data company Streamr and mobile telecoms industry body GSMA is to allow mobile network operators (MNOs) to monetise user data by enabling users to sell it themselves.
Initially serving as a 90-day pilot programme, the initiative is designed to introduce privacy-centric technology into the user monetisation space, which has traditionally drawn privacy concerns.
In next step towards monetising WhatsApp after introducing shopping and pricing tiers to the mobile-messaging platform, Facebook has now announced a new way for businesses to store and manage their WhatsApp chats with customers using Facebooks secure hosting infrastructure, which will roll out early next year.
This essentially means that Facebook hosting service will offer the same end-to-end encryption as WhatsApp currently provides to chats.
The Trump administration’s move to ban the popular video app TikTok has stoked fears about the Chinese government collecting personal information of people who use the app. These fears underscore growing concerns Americans have about digital privacy generally.
Debates around privacy might seem simple: Something is private or it’s not. However, the technology that provides digital privacy is anything but simple.
Generation Z mobile users are more likely to play games than other age groups, according to a report from App Annie.
However, when it comes to top games, those who are aged 25 and over are more likely to spend more time in-game than Gen Z players. Furthermore, the age group spends roughly 20 per cent longer in their most-used games and use them more frequently.
Private mobile networks, regularly cited as an interesting opportunity for telecoms operators as they seek new use cases for 5G, are expected to connect an increasing number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices in future.
According to a new report from Transforma Insights, over 150 million cellular devices will be connected to on-premises private networks by the end of 2030, up from 3 million at the end of 2019.
Fighting financial fraud is an ongoing battle. A recent report found that in 2019, the total value of card fraud losses in the UK amounted to €706 million, with remote purchases accounting for 76 per cent of these losses. Given the growth of eCommerce, this isn’t surprising, but since the pandemic, cybercriminals have become more active, as they take advantage of people using digital platforms to carry out financial interactions.
More people are saving for emergencies and other unexpected expenses as the use of mobile banking soars, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) revealed in a report on the ways Americans bank.
Saving for emergencies and the unexpected such as a sudden illness, job loss, or home or car repairs rose to 64.2 percent of households in 2019 from 56.3 percent in 2015.
During the peak shopping period in 2019, 35% of retail orders were tied to mobile phones, according to CJ Affiliate’s 2020 Holiday Intelligence Report. This reflects a 10% year-on-year increase, showing that mobile is increasingly being used to place orders rather than simply browsing products.
In categories such as clothing and apparel and beauty, mobile phone orders were even higher, at 40%, and 44% for accessories.
The new coronavirus pandemic has prompted an increase in contactless payments in Brazil, though the method has yet to take off, according to a new study released by Visa.
According to the research, contactless payments made through cards, smartwatches and other mobile devices accounted for about 3% of all payments processed by the company between January and June 2020, compared to 1% in the same period last year.