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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world. Headlines this week include… Ericsson Mobility Report: Mobile data traffic increased almost 300-fold over 10 years, Qualcomm’s new always-on smartphone camera is a potential privacy nightmare, Mobile Shopping Falls Short of Analyst Predictions for Cyber Monday and much more…

Ericsson Mobility Report: Mobile data traffic increased almost 300-fold over 10 years


Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) global insights reveal an almost 300-fold increase in mobile data traffic since 2011 – the year in which Ericsson Mobility Report was first published. The findings, based on current and historical network data, are included in the special ten-year edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report November 2021. The report looks back at some of the key trends and events that have shaped the last decade, as well as revealing the latest forecasts toward 2027.

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Qualcomm’s new always-on smartphone camera is a potential privacy nightmare

The Verge

“Your phone’s front camera is always securely looking for your face, even if you don’t touch it or raise to wake it.” That’s how Qualcomm Technologies vice president of product management Judd Heape introduced the company’s new always-on camera capabilities in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor set to arrive in top-shelf Android phones early next year. Depending on who you are, that statement can either be exciting or terrifying. For Qualcomm, it thinks this new feature will enable new use cases, like being able to wake and unlock your phone without having to pick it up or have it instantly lock when it no longer sees your face.

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Mobile Shopping Falls Short of Analyst Predictions for Cyber Monday

The Street

Consumers’ addiction to their smartphones may be easing, at least when it comes to online shopping.

Smartphones accounted for just under 40% of online sales (compared to desktop) on Cyber Monday this year, according to Adobe’s Digital Economy Index, which analyzes direct consumer transactions online.

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InternetLab’s 2021 “Who Defends Your Data Brazil” Report Shows Improvement in Brazilian ISPs Privacy Practices, But Gaps Remain


Brazil’s biggest internet connection providers continue to make strides towards better protection of customer data and greater transparency about their privacy practices, according to InternetLab’s 2021 “Quem Defende Seus Dados?” (“Who defends your data?)” report. Released today, the report is the sixth annual assessment of Brazilian providers’ adherence to best-practices criteria that look at whether they are doing their level best under the law to protect users when law enforcement requests their personal information, defend privacy rights in court and in their public policy positions, and publicly disclose information on user data collection, government requests for user data, and more.

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Zwipe Strengthens Middle East Position With Saudi Card Maker

Mobile ID World

Another new partnership is poised to help Zwipe further solidify its position in the Middle East in anticipation of a coming boom for biometric payment cards. The Norwegian company has teamed up with Saudi Arabia’s GEPCOM, one of the oldest card makers in the region.

GEPCOM – or “Gulf Printing Products Manufacturers’ Factory – was founded in 1989, and lays claim to having introduced plastic payment card manufacturing to the Arab world. The company first engaged with Zwipe earlier this year, and, according to a statement from the two companies, it has now selected the Zwipe Pay ONE solution as its “preferred biometric card platform” after “extensive evaluation of available alternatives”.

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Identity verification innovation: eSIMs, mobile network data and scanning the black market

Biometric Update

New digital identity verification systems and features bring security to eSIM onboarding, check mobile network operator records as a further source of data on a potential customer and even scan the black market and other databases to devise a risk score.

Innovatrics and software developers Softec continue their partnership with the launch of a cloud-based identity verification service for mobile operators which makes use of e-SIM technology and remote onboarding.

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Australia’s 5G rollout: concern over ‘large disparity’ between cities and regions

The Guardian

Australia’s three mobile network operators have made “significant investments” in infrastructure but the 5G rollout is focused on cities rather than regions, a new report has found.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has for the first time released a Mobile Infrastructure Report, which provides analysis on the change in Telstra, Singtel Optus and TPG Telecom coverage from 2018 to 2021.

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In-Game Advertising Finally Came Of Age During The Pandemic – But Challenges Persist

Ad Exchanger

The mobile gaming market is set to grow 4.4% in 2021 to $90.7 billion. That’s slightly off last year’s pace, but provides ample evidence that advertisers are still embracing mobile games as a top-tier media channel.

In this rapidly evolving space, programmatic in-game advertising has emerged as one of the best ways for marketers to take advantage of the new category opportunities while also navigating mobile gaming’s sometimes problematic past and complicated future.

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5G Networks Will Change the Mobile Gaming Industry As We Know It


5G is all over the place. Even if you have no idea what it is, you have probably heard your favorite phone operator bragging about safer and more stable connections, infrastructure, and whatnot. The 5th generation mobile network is supposed to bring more reliable data transfers, with no interruptions, high coverage, low latency, and massive capacity. One thing’s for sure, it is as revolutionary as the internet itself. What many believe is that it will also change the world of gaming.

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Google, Qualcomm partner on mobile AI, neural networking technologies

ZD Net

Google Cloud and Qualcomm have revealed a new partnership in the neural networking space.

Announced at the annual Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit on Tuesday, the companies said that the collaboration will focus on the development of Vertex AI Neural Architecture Search (NAS), a managed service described by Google as search technology for generating, evaluating, and training model architectures for applications.  The focus of the partnership is to make it possible to automate the creation of AI models and to reduce manual workloads.

Once combined with Qualcomm’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) Engine, NAS will be used to “accelerate neural network development and differentiation” for Snapdragon mobile, ACPC, XR, the Snapdragon Ride automotive platform, and IoT initiatives, according to Qualcomm.

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