Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world. This week.. A lull in the enforcement of Apple’s privacy safeguards causes confusion over fingerprinting, WhatsApp shrugs off India privacy update pressure, Mobile Contactless Payment Market Continues to Soar and much more…
When rules aren’t enforced properly, confusion reigns.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in the confusion around what is and isn’t allowed when it comes to fingerprinting, gathered up data points from a device that are used to identify someone across apps and sites.
The Facebook subsidiary reportedly also told local authorities in India the privacy of its users is a top priority.
Google is adding to its upcoming Android 12 mobile operating system a new Privacy Dashboard that tells users what type of data was used and when, by which app.
The dashboard also gives users a shortcut to revoking permissions for apps.
The Alphabet company announced the new feature last Tuesday (May 18) during its I/O developer conference, as part of a package of privacy controls the search giant is pushing out to appease consumers and regulators.
he mobile contactless payment market crossed the $2trillion mark last year and is predicted to increase by another $500million in 2021, according to research data analysed by ComprarAcciones.com.
According to ComprarAcciones.com, demand for mobile contactless payment options has soared in recent years, fuelled further with the coronavirus pandemic. It says the market is up 24 per cent year-on-year and a 107 per cent growth rate in two years.
By the end of 2021, the total transaction value is estimated to be $2.489trillion – 24 per cent higher than the $2.008trillion recorded in the previous year.
China Telecom asserted it was the first operator in the world to break 100 million connections on its NB-IoT network, with meters apparently a leading light.
It stated gas and water meter connections account for 30 million of its total NB-IoT connections, claiming this is also a global record. It also offers service for a wide range of consumer and enterprise applications, and expanded availability into fields including Covid-19 (coronavirus) prevention, smart cities and agriculture.
Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN) is taking a big step towards a digital future. Together with the IT service provider NTT Ltd., Cologne Bonn is building a completely private 5G mobile phone network across an area of 1,000 hectares. The goal of this joint research and cooperation project is to push ahead with technological innovations such as intelligent luggage checking and border control and to achieve significant improvements in the airport’s operating efficiency.
“We see the decision to set up our own 5G network covering the entire premises of the airport as an important strategic step. Having continuous connectivity and our own high-speed mobile network will open up a range of completely new possibilities
With blockbuster 2020 games including The Last Of Us Part 2, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War outgrossing most Hollywood films, gaming has officially become the world’s biggest form of entertainment. In fact, the total market value for gaming increased by 19.6% to £130.3bn in 2020.
Last year, the mobile gaming industry particularly soared, grossing $77.2bn. Advertisers are getting in the game: a study by SocialPeta showed the total global level of mobile game advertisers increased by 9% in 2020, with everything pointing to further growth in 2021. Mobile, therefore, presents a massive opportunity for brands and advertisers to tap into – provided they do so authentically.
More than 1 million cellphone subscribers in the populous African country of Ethiopia have registered for a new mobile money service less than a week after its launch by state-controlled Ethio Telecom, the company has said. The service, called Telebirr, is to be integrated with banks in the coming weeks.
The interest in Ethiopia’s first mobile money platform reflects “the huge pent-up demand for mobile money services in Ethiopia,” a spokesperson for the World Bank said.
PayPal has announced that it will add support for external crypto wallets, allowing users to make bitcoin transfers off the platform for the first time.
The move follows comments from PayPal CEO Dan Schulman that it has seen huge demand from its users for cryptocurrencies since introducing the ability to buy, sell and hold bitcoin, ethereum and other cryptocurrencies.