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Google’s vision for the future of apps: no stores and no downloads

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Imagine if you could click a link to jump straight inside an app – and never download it? You’d never need to visit an app store. Or download an app at all. Tim Green ponders the mind-boggling implications of Android Instant Apps…

Has Google just started the post-app age? After all, it really really wants to.

Last week, at its Google I/O developer event, the company unveiled Android Instant Apps. It lets any Android user click on a link and open up the app – just the bit he or she wants, not the whole thing – without downloading it.

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In-store mobile wallets: the huge market with no winners (yet)

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This week the MCX abandoned its mission to be the US’s primary mobile payment wallet. But who had defeated it? Well, here’s the weird thing, argues Tim Green. No one.

In August 2012, a group of the US’s largest retailers got together and decided enough was enough. They were sick of paying ‘unreasonable’ fees to credit card companies. And they were wary of newcomers like Google threatening to bring their disruptive brands into their stores.

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‘Alexa, what comes after the smartphone? And is it you?’

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Amazon Echo started out as a great way to order recipe ingredients. But it might just herald the start of a post-smartphone world. Tim Green wonders whether the next new digital thing might begin in the kitchen…

Shortly after the iPad was launched, a raft of videos went onto YouTube showing confused toddlers pinching and zooming copies of Marie Claire. It had taken just a few months for kids to alter their behaviour so drastically that they couldn’t understand paper.

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The great mobile data sovereignty debate

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A recent case that’s been making headlines and putting privacy at the center of the discussion is the Apple versus FBI controversy. At the upcoming MEF Global Consumer Trust Summit, the industry will discuss drivers in the mobile ecosystem when it comes to privacy and security.
One of the panels, the Data Sovereignty Debate – the industry’s response to official-access to data – will discuss the aspects of the case and take a look at what’s at stake from an industry perspective. Here, we hear from one of the panelists, Justin Olsson, Product Counsel for AVG Technologies for their views on the discussion.

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[Infographic] Mobile advertising in Brazil

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Brazil’s economic growth is well documented. It is a mobile first country with 50 per cent of all households using mobile as their primary means for communicating and getting online.

Today that’s a mix of feature phones and smartphones but by 2018, one third of the country is predicted to own a smartphone.

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Mobile Ecosystem Forum elects new EMEA and LatAm boards

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Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF), is today announcing the results of its 2016 EMEA and LatAm board elections which took place during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week.

As mobile continues its reign to become the primary channel to engage and transact with consumers…

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Country focus: the Mexican mobile POS market

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All over the world, mobile POS (mPOS) has made a significant impact on small and single outlet merchants.

But there’s evidence to suggest that, among growth markets, Mexico has embraced the concept more enthusiastically than most…

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The Brazilian miracle of the multiplication of SIM cards is over

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Brazil loves mobile. The roll out of 4G networks and the increased adoption of smartphones are gathering pace in a country which in this Olympic year, is keen to show its maturity on the world stage. Here Fernando Paiva, Brazilian mobile industry journalist and editor of the daily news website Mobile Time discusses how mobile 'caught fire' in Brazil and the opportunities for the...
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MEF Connects Nigeria in pictures

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Nigeria continues to exemplify how rapidly growing economies are embracing mobile to empower consumers. MEF’s recent Global Consumer Survey showed just how Nigerian consumers see their device as an essential part of everyday life with engagement levels with mobile services and content having grown by 50 per cent year-on-year for example.

As part of its ongoing pan-African presence, last week MEF CEO, Rimma Perelmuter, chaired a conference session at the Mobile West Africa Conference in Lagos.

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Finalists announced for the West Africa Mobile Awards

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The finalists for the 2016 West African Mobile Awards have been announced with a shortlist featuring the region’s leading mobile tech companies. The annual awards attracted submissions from 10 countries across 3 continents, and were chosen by an independent panel of international judges.

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Understanding the digital content mix in Africa

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Africa is a mobile first continent. In many of its constituent countries its also experiencing the roll-out of faster mobile networks and, alongside the critical mass of feature phones, an increasing availability of cheaper smartphones.

As a consequence, digital content providers and stores are gearing up to maximize the pan-African mobile opportunity. Below Atul Madan, Mahindra Comviva’s Senior Vice President and Head of Mobile Life Style & Customer Care Solutions discusses the complexities of digital content creation and distribution across the African continent.

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15 stats that explore the mobile market in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Africa is the undoubtedly a ‘mobile-first’ continent. As well as social and entertainment, services such as mobile money, mHealth and education are just a few of the areas in which the African mobile ecosystem is already delivering social and economic benefits.

Here we look at the stats behind one billion connections and what are the key market drivers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Insights on the African ecosystem from senior executives at Mahindra Comviva, Mondato and AppsAfrica.com as well as news analysis can be read in MEF’s Regional eBulletin – Africa Edition, which can be downloaded for free now.

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MEF meets the members @MWC 2016

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Every year at MWC in Barcelona, we visit as many of our exhibiting members as possible to catch up with their latest news and announcements, get their views on how the mobile ecosystem has evolved in the past year, and where they see it going in the future. Meet three more members from our diverse global community, Mblox, OLAmobile and SpotX.

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MEF meets the members @MWC 2016

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Every year at MWC in Barcelona, we visit as many of our exhibiting members as possible to catch up with their latest news and announcements, get their views on how the mobile ecosystem has evolved in the past year, and where they see it going in the future. This week meet three companies from across our diverse global membership, AVG Technologies, Mobiliya and VUMobile.

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Diversity and engagement drive the new mobile ecosystem landscape

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MEF CEO Rimma Perelmuter shares her insights from a busy 2016 Mobile World Congress where MEF hosted two key initiative workshops, annual elections for two chapter boards and the legendary MEF Connects MWC networking event.

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#MWC16 highlights: Views from the show floor

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During Mobile World Congress 2016 we asked MEF members for their insights into the most exciting developments on show in Barcelona.

With a myriad of new handsets, technologies, VR headsets and connected devices to choose from, hear about some of the highlights and big themes from the showfloor.

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Views from the showfloor: MEFTV at GMIC Beijing

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MEF Minute was at this year’s Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing among the 25,000 mobile industry executives, entrepreneurs, developers and investors on the show floor over 3 days.

We asked exhibiting MEF members and speakers from our own MEF Connects China event held just before GMIC, including Google and Syniverse, about some of the challenges and opportunities presented by the Chinese mobile ecosystem, and to share their tips for how to get ahead in this unique and exciting market.

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MEF Connects China, a view from the floor

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One of the key themes that underpins the effective impact of any ecosystem, is the essential connectivity of complimentary components; elements that enhance and improve the livelihood of its co-inhabitants. No greater example of this could be seen than at the recent MEF Connects China event in Beijing last week.

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MEF Connects China in pictures

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Last week MEF held its inaugural MEF Connects China in Beijing to discuss the mobile opportunity in this exciting market. Supported by MEF Member Syniverse the evening’s discussions were MC-ed by MEF Asia Chair Emeritus Colin Miles and Wei Jiang, Chief Marketing Officer of Google, Greater China shared his views ‘Why foreign Internet and tech companies succeed/fail in China.’

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China’s perfect mobile storm

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With the inaugural MEF Connects China only a few weeks away, Rimma Perelmuter, CEO at MEF, takes a look at the staggering growth of the country’s unique mobile industry. As a mobile market, China has grown rapidly to establish itself as a global mobile industry leader with a sophisticated mobile ecosystem. There are good reasons for its meteoric rise; a huge domestic addressable market…

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The most popular apps and services of 2015 + 2016

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Which mobile apps and services did consumers enjoy in 2015? Who will be the winners and losers in 2016? We recently surveyed more than 5000 consumers in 8 countries to find out, and you can now download the results for free.

2016 heralds evolution rather than revolution in the mobile market, according to recent research by MEF. When asked what types of mobile apps and services they enjoyed most in 2015, then what they’ll use more of this year, consumers around the world gave the same response: social networks and games.

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10 facts about the Bangladesh mobile advertising market

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Kaymun Amin, CEO and Founder of MEF Member VuMobile takes a deep dive into the Bangladesh market, explaining why it presents such an exciting opportunity for advertisers, and how to maximise a mobile campaign’s effectiveness. 1) Bangladesh’s has a mobile internet base of 50million and 1.5billion impressions per month traffic.

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Developing the mobile ecosystem in Africa

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There has been amazing growth in mobile internet access over the past few years and Africa is now primed to take advantage of the social and economic opportunities that mobile can bring to people across the continent. While connectivity is on the rise some challenges still remain for development, adoption and growth of the mobile ecosystem.

Here Andrew Fassnidge, founder and editor of pan-African news and events website, Appsafrica.com discusses in more detail what those challenges are. His full commentary along with insights from senior executives at Mahindra Comviva and Mondato as well as African market stats and news analysis can be read in MEF’s Regional Ebulletin – Africa Edition, which can be downloaded for free now.

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13 stats and facts that show the growth of mobile money

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All areas of mobile money, including carrier billing, proximity payments, P2P transfers and services for the unbanked are showing growth. Below we’ve assembled 13 industry stats and facts that show exactly how that growth has taken shape over the last three months and how some analysts forecast the mobile money future. Containing news, analysis and insights, MEF’s latest Mobile Money Bulletin…

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10 facts about the Bangladesh mobile advertising market

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Kaymun Amin, CEO and Founder of MEF Member VuMobile takes a deep dive into the Bangladesh market, explaining why it presents such an exciting opportunity for advertisers, and how to maximise a mobile campaign’s effectiveness. 1) Bangladesh’s has a mobile internet base of 50million and 1.5billion impressions per month traffic.

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Retail focus: the current state of mobile retail in 10 statements

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How important is click and collect? What’s happening with showrooming? Has the public embraced contactless? MEF Minute looks at how retail and mobile are intersecting in 2015…Mobile payments comprise over a quarter of global online payments

Stats from Dutch payments processor Adyen say mobile’s total share of online payments is 28.7 per cent. Its Mobile Payments Index revealed that for Q2 2015, mobile increased its share from 27.2 per cent in Q1 2015.

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13 stats and facts that show the growth of mobile money

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All areas of mobile money, including carrier billing, proximity payments, P2P transfers and services for the unbanked are showing growth. Below we’ve assembled 13 industry stats and facts that show exactly how that growth has taken shape over the last three months and how some analysts forecast the mobile money future. Containing news, analysis and insights, MEF’s latest Mobile Money Bulletin…

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Six Essential Insights into the Indonesian App Market

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Josh Fenn, Senior Marketing Manager at internet giant & MEF Member Baidu, shares his six tips for understanding the burgeoning mobile applications market in Indonesia, as well as a wealth of data from the MoboMarket Android App store, which boasts 4 million monthly active users in Indonesia. With a population of over 250 million people, Indonesia is an increasingly important…

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mHealth apps – are they secure? [infographic]

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55 percent of consumers expect their mobile health apps to be hacked within the next six months, according to a recent report from Arxan Technologies. Executive IT leaders (48%) who have oversight or insight into the security of the mobile healthcare and produce apps also share the same concerns.

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Mobile financial services – bridges and barriers [infographic]

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Mobile financial services continue to push out in every direction. From simply sending money peer-to-peer through to in-built car technology that allows drivers to pay for petrol without leaving their vehicle. Its all going on.

This infographic from Ovum and Amdocs is the result of the findings from a survey of 8,500 mobile users across 17 markets and provides insight in to user behaviour and the barriers to entry in the mobile money sphere.

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China’s FinTech revolution [infographic]

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In 1997, Bill Gates said, “We need banking but we don’t need banks.”

In other words its the FinTech services that support the ways in which consumers and businesses transact that are paving the way forward. For most, mobile devices are the centrepiece of the disruption and with that disruption, investment is following.

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Mobile payments in China [infographic]

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With a huge addressable domestic market and high smartphone penetration, consumers in China have embraced mobile payments and mobile money. As a result fintech investment is following with VCs keen to identify and support the startups that are bringing new ways to pay to market.

This infographic from Bob’s Guide explores the market trends that make China a global hot spot for fintech innovation.

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Spotlight on: Hiya

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The best way to fight back against phishing is to help people to know they are being phished. So says Stanley Kim, general manager of communications experience at Hiya. He talked to MEF about the power of ‘caller ID’ to combat phone spam…

Last summer, a study revealed that email spam is at an all time low. It’s still a big problem – 49.7 per cent emails sent are junk. But that’s the lowest percentage in over a decade.

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The great mobile data sovereignty debate

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A recent case that’s been making headlines and putting privacy at the center of the discussion is the Apple versus FBI controversy. At the upcoming MEF Global Consumer Trust Summit, the industry will discuss drivers in the mobile ecosystem when it comes to privacy and security.
One of the panels, the Data Sovereignty Debate – the industry’s response to official-access to data – will discuss the aspects of the case and take a look at what’s at stake from an industry perspective. Here, we hear from one of the panelists, Justin Olsson, Product Counsel for AVG Technologies for their views on the discussion.

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If we don’t give users control of their data the IoT will fail

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Geoff Revill, co-founder of Krowdthink Ltd, developer of the Krowd personal app and an advocate for privacy and digital rights shares the impending challenges, and opportunities, facing companies collecting personal data in light of new regulatory rules, and why the changes will be particularly crucial for the IoT.

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Trust-related concerns could hamper consumer adoption of IoT

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MEF today published its latest report in the Global Consumer Survey series looking at The Impact of Trust on IOT. A global survey of over 5,000 mobile users in eight markets looks at consumer perceptions about the future of a connected world. Supported by online security company, AVG Technologies, the survey polled consumers in UK, USA, Brazil, France, Germany, China, India and South Africa. It reveals that while consumers see the tangible benefit of IoT (just 1 consumer in 10 say a world of connected devices won’t deliver such value), more than half also harbour concerns about the perceived risks and threats in a world of connected devices.

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5 minutes with… Veoo

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Our tagline is ‘all things mobile,’ and as a global mobile consultancy and leading provider of mobile messaging solutions, we provide a one-stop shop for our customers around the world who are looking to implement mobile strategies. With a host of mobile services on offer, such as mobile marketing, two factor authentication, SMS notifications and our groundbreaking new Mobile Wallet solution (launched just last week), we are pushing new boundaries and challenging the status quo in the mobile industry.

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5 minutes with… iProov

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In our 5 minutes with profiles, MEF members talk about their business, their aspirations for the future and the wider mobile industry. This week, Co-founder & CEO (and Global Chairman of MEF) Andrew Bud introduces iProov.

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5 minutes with… Robosoft

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In our 5 minutes with profiles, MEF members talk about their business, their aspirations for the future and the wider mobile industry. This week, MD & CEO, Rohith Bhat introduces Robosoft.

Simply put, we empower businesses to succeed by crafting great mobility solutions. We partner with global corporations and hot startups to plan, design and build amazing mobile and digital experiences. We strongly believe in the power of mobility in transforming businesses and offer end-to-end solutions in strategy, design and engineering. We work with prestigious clients like ESPN, National Geographic, Viacom and more across Consumer Mobility, Enterprise Mobility and Games & Entertainment.

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5 minutes with… OLA mobile

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In our 5 minutes with profiles, MEF members talk about their business, their aspirations for the future and the wider mobile industry. This week, Michael Tomlins, CEO, introduces Infomedia Group subsidiary, Humley.

OLA mobile is a global Mobile Performance company specialized in User Acquisition focused on CPA (Cost per Acquisition) and CPI (Cost per Install) mobile campaigns. Our multicultural team supports advertisers on the promotion of their mobile products and helps publishers generate revenues with their mobile audience. Our platform allows publishers to promote mobile subscriptions and apps, guaranteeing a higher profitability by achieving a much higher eCPM.

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Industry views: A2P messaging and fraud

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Last week MEF published the A2P Messaging Fraud Framework – the first release from its new industry programme The Future of Messaging. It identifies 11 distinct fraud types that impact the global messaging business today.

The Future of Messaging Working Group consists of 25 founding members including mobile operators, messaging aggregators, signalling companies, application service providers and enterprise messaging providers. Here we asked them for their thoughts on messaging fraud and how to tackle facilitating best practice to build a sustainable A2P messaging industry.

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Industry views: Facebook’s chatbot launch

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Last week Facebook announced the launch of its bot platform for Messenger, opening up an API to allow developers to create bots so that people chat with organisations to get information, answer questions and transact.

This means that by combining AI and natural language processing, users will simply instruct messenger to transfer money to someone, order a cab or discuss movie showtimes – just like they were talking to a friend.

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Industry views: Should Apple unlock iPhones for the security services?

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Last week the FBI requested that Apple unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the killers in the December mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.

We asked MEF members and the wider mobile community for their thoughts.

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Industry views: Which services will sit behind the wheel of the connected car?

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Last month’s CES in Las Vegas saw many of the large automotive firms showcase their vision of the connected car.

A year before at CES 2015, Mark Fields, CEO of Ford, said: “We’re thinking of ourselves as a mobility company and not only a car and truck company. We want to be viewed as being part of this community.”

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Views from the showfloor: MEFTV at GMIC Beijing

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MEF Minute was at this year’s Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing among the 25,000 mobile industry executives, entrepreneurs, developers and investors on the show floor over 3 days.

We asked exhibiting MEF members and speakers from our own MEF Connects China event held just before GMIC, including Google and Syniverse, about some of the challenges and opportunities presented by the Chinese mobile ecosystem, and to share their tips for how to get ahead in this unique and exciting market.

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5 minutes with… iProov

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In our 5 minutes with profiles, MEF members talk about their business, their aspirations for the future and the wider mobile industry. This week, Co-founder & CEO (and Global Chairman of MEF) Andrew Bud introduces iProov.

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MEF meets the members @MWC 2016

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Every year at MWC in Barcelona, we speak to as many of our exhibiting members as possible to catch up with their latest news and announcements, get their views on how the mobile ecosystem has evolved in the past year, and where they see it going in the future. Meet three more companies from our diverse global membership; Unwire, MDeC and Bango.

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MEF meets the members @MWC 2016

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Every year at MWC in Barcelona, we visit as many of our exhibiting members as possible to catch up with their latest news and announcements, get their views on how the mobile ecosystem has evolved in the past year, and where they see it going in the future. Meet three more members from our diverse global community, Mblox, OLAmobile and SpotX.

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Weekly mobile news roundup: 27 May

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world.

This week.. Microsoft backs away from smartphone business, Tim Cook on Iphone’s expense in India, fraud in gaming costs $6.3bil and much more.

Microsoft is signalling the end of its Nokia experiment today. After acquiring Nokia’s phone business for $7.2 billion two years ago, Microsoft wrote off $7.6 billion last year and cut 7,800 jobs to refocus its phone efforts.

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Google’s vision for the future of apps: no stores and no downloads

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Imagine if you could click a link to jump straight inside an app – and never download it? You’d never need to visit an app store. Or download an app at all. Tim Green ponders the mind-boggling implications of Android Instant Apps…

Has Google just started the post-app age? After all, it really really wants to.

Last week, at its Google I/O developer event, the company unveiled Android Instant Apps. It lets any Android user click on a link and open up the app – just the bit he or she wants, not the whole thing – without downloading it.

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Industry views: A2P messaging and fraud

By | Featured Post, Industry Views, mobile messaging | No Comments

Last week MEF published the A2P Messaging Fraud Framework – the first release from its new industry programme The Future of Messaging. It identifies 11 distinct fraud types that impact the global messaging business today.

The Future of Messaging Working Group consists of 25 founding members including mobile operators, messaging aggregators, signalling companies, application service providers and enterprise messaging providers. Here we asked them for their thoughts on messaging fraud and how to tackle facilitating best practice to build a sustainable A2P messaging industry.

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Spotlight on: Hiya

By | Executive Interview, Messaging, Privacy | No Comments

The best way to fight back against phishing is to help people to know they are being phished. So says Stanley Kim, general manager of communications experience at Hiya. He talked to MEF about the power of ‘caller ID’ to combat phone spam…

Last summer, a study revealed that email spam is at an all time low. It’s still a big problem – 49.7 per cent emails sent are junk. But that’s the lowest percentage in over a decade.

Read More
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Views from the showfloor: MEFTV at GMIC Beijing

By | Featured Post, MEF Asia, MEFTV | No Comments

MEF Minute was at this year’s Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing among the 25,000 mobile industry executives, entrepreneurs, developers and investors on the show floor over 3 days.

We asked exhibiting MEF members and speakers from our own MEF Connects China event held just before GMIC, including Google and Syniverse, about some of the challenges and opportunities presented by the Chinese mobile ecosystem, and to share their tips for how to get ahead in this unique and exciting market.

Read More
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In-store mobile wallets: the huge market with no winners (yet)

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This week the MCX abandoned its mission to be the US’s primary mobile payment wallet. But who had defeated it? Well, here’s the weird thing, argues Tim Green. No one.

In August 2012, a group of the US’s largest retailers got together and decided enough was enough. They were sick of paying ‘unreasonable’ fees to credit card companies. And they were wary of newcomers like Google threatening to bring their disruptive brands into their stores.

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Weekly mobile news roundup: 20 May

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world.

This week.. Microsoft offloads Nokia for $350M, Android Pay debuts in UK, wearables market up 67% worldwide and much more.

Microsoft is selling the feature phone business it acquired from Nokia back in 2013 to a subsidiary of Chinese manufacturer Foxconn for $350 million, it announced today.

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The cost of fraud in the A2P SMS ecosystem, a back-of-the-envelope calculation

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Fraud costs businesses and consumers money – but the size of the loss is often hard to quantify. As MEF launches a new Messaging Initative, Rob Malcolm, SVP of Corporate Development at Mblox, one of the 25 programme founders, explores what fraudulent activity is really costing the A2P SMS ecosystem…

Fraud is headlines news…why, because it costs businesses and consumers money, lots and lots of money. Though fraud is not rampant in the A2P SMS ecosystem it does exist and in this article we explain where it occurs and hypothesize what it costs. Before diving into the back-of-the-envelope calculation, we first have to understand the market size and the types of fraud that exist in the A2P SMS ecosystem.

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