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An important factor to consider is the audience of the application (or website). It seems that typically, many younger audiences (or those familiar with touch devices) are used to swiping across carousels. If you look core applications of iOS (and I'm assuming Android as well), you'll find that carousels support swiping to switch to the next image. However, ...
Supporting the case for placing it on the right: Normally a user would read, or at least scan, the content before thinking about scrolling. In that scenario it would make more sense to have the scroll buttons on the right side (assuming of course that the content is being read left to right). The scroll bar position for vertical scrolling is on the right ...
To the right. Nearly all users have an existing mental model of where things "should" be. I wouldn't break the scroll-control-on-the-right convention unless a very specific product or user goal demanded it. If that goal is too confuse and then annoy, go for it.
There's a lot to be said for the swipe idiom over buttons. It might seem like the physical action of a tap is quicker and easier than a swipe, but that assumption ignores Fitts's Law, or its touchscreen equivalent: the smaller a target is, the longer it will take for the user to hit it. You can do a swipe without looking, but to hit a button you have to ...
One non-expert thought--ability to apply adhesive transparent layers to a cellphone screen to reduce sensitivity? Not casually adjustable, but could solve a general problem, like mine (on HTC Android One X).
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