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36 U.S. states sued Google for Play Store monopoly and cheating on third-party app makers

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As per the recent news, a group of 36 states filed an antitrust lawsuit against the Android maker, Google. Now, the company is getting grilled for its monopoly on the Google Play Store, which claims that this U.S. tech giant is keeping other developers out of competition in the application market.

It’s surely a kind of biggest and latest story, where the software market-dominant like Google is crushing over small developers with its tricky policies for submitting their work on Google Play Store.

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Antitrust Lawsuit: anti-competitive manners of Google

The Assistant Attorney General at Utah, Western United States files the antitrust lawsuit to challenge Google in the California central court. The plaintiff namely includes the following main provinces, who are leading the case at the moment.

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  • Washington, DC
  • Utah
  • North Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • New York
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Iowa
  • Nebraska

The plaintiff accused Google to seek 30% commission sale revenue from the developer who wants to list their app on the Google Play Store via a new policy. Furthermore, it’s reported that Google plans to apply this new policy in September 2021, also forcing the developers to use solely Google Payment System for any transaction being made on Play Store.

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The lawsuit claims, Google’s 90% market share in the Android app market was made possible by its deal with smartphone makers, which agrees to put Google services as default for the consumers.

The company didn’t plan to stop here, it also spent billions of dollars from its annual advertising revenue to spend on smartphone manufacturers, network carriers, and browsers to make Google their default search engine.

Keeping other developers out of competition:

Google Play Store is the most popular app distribution platform that comes pre-installed with Android smartphones and allows users to install the apps and games.

Adding to this, it offers two-way downloads- directly from the app store and directly from other sources such as random websites and third-party stores like Amazon AppStore or Samsung Galaxy Store.

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It’s mandatory for the developers to use Google’s online transaction methods to include any in-app purchase in their app on Play Store. It might help Google to keep a track of transaction records of digital goods.

Furthermore, Google has some tactics under its sleeves such as Google Play Store doesn’t offer other app store installations via its Play Store.

Moreover, no third-party promoter can advertise on its search engine and YouTube to display its work. This all makes it difficult for the developer to deepen their roots and Google is successfully keeping other developers out of the competition.

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Google’s Respond to the situation:

Wilson White, Senior Director of Public Policy at Google, explains that Android offers many options for developers, smartphone manufactures, and users as well. We have more choice than any other mobile ecosystem, as we created Android for this purpose only so anyone can modify the system and use it according to their will.

Users can find any application on Play Store, and if you don’t want to download it from our store you have the option to download it from any store or even sideload them as you like.

As Android smartphones always come in shipped with two or more app distribution platforms other than Google Play Store, says White.

Elaborating further, he says that Google doesn’t put unspecified constraints on our clients as other providers indicating Apple. We have the most feasible system in the software market, after all this, it’s strange to sue Google for a sum of money, which we used in maintaining the Play Store and providing better services.

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As for the developers, Google doesn’t force them to publish their app on Google Play, if they aren’t satisfied with our policies, they can select other platforms.

At last, white pointed out that this lawsuit isn’t about helping the little guy or protecting consumers instead it’s supporting a handful of major app developers who want the benefits of Google Play without paying for it.

Who is getting harmed by Google action:

However, there is a big list of the firms and service providers who are getting harmed by Google’s actions such as the app distribution platform Samsung Galaxy Store and other application providers like Epic, Spotify, Match, Netflix, etc, as well as the application developers.

Starting with the Galaxy Store, Google is reportedly paying the app developers to prevent them from enlisting their apps on Galaxy Store and Amazon AppStore. This action is directly harming such third-party Android app stores from making growth.

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Furthermore, Epic Games also blamed Google to force the smartphone company OnePlus to prevent pre-installing a special Fortnite launcher and LG to prevent pre-install the Epic games on their device.

Similarly, many developers who just started their career and want to use the Google Play Store to publish their apps will have to pay a big amount of their sales revenue. It’ll create problems to make names in the field with the tactics of Google.

Conclusion:

At present Google surely hold a strong position in the software market. Furthermore, all defenses explained by the public policy director are true like Android is the most feasible system and Google isn’t forcing the developers to put their work on Google Play Store.

However, we also can’t deny the fact that Google is playing tricks and using unfair means to maintain its position. The company isn’t giving any chance to the developers and other service providers to establish themselves.

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Yash is a graduate of computer science and followed his way into journalism, he is interested in various subjects related to technologies and politics. Yash likes to listen classical songs and has a huge library of classical mixes.

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Huawei Mate 40 Pro users reportedly facing annoying issues [CN]

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Huawei Mate 40 Pro issues

Huawei launched the high-end Android-based phone the Mate 40 Pro back in 2020. It bumps the smartphone market with its so sophisticated features that are admired by consumers in a high range. However, there are HarmonyOS issues that may appear after recent software update.

But as time goes by some of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro smartphone owners are facing annoying issues just after their warranty expired. Notably, the body is hot, the large area of the screen is blurred and it turns green.

Additionally, the problem is not limited to this, Huawei Mate 40 Pro is used for more than 13 hours a day in the following below-mentioned problems is faced by users:

  1. After taking clicking the picture your cannot exit immediately after clicking to take a photo, otherwise there the photo is not saved in the album
  2. The WeChat scan code is stuck and stopped at any time
  3. The phone often experiences interruptions when using data
  4. Overheating issue on Mate 40 Pro
  5. Occasionally turning on the screen during charging will cause a snow screen burn-in phenomenon
  6. This phone is much less water-resistant than the Mate 20 Pro. When it rains, the camera will fog up
  7. The intelligent voice assistant has a slow and stuck response
  8. Video negative optimization is very serious

Huawei Mate 40 Pro issues

Users reportedly shared the following issue complaints about their Huawei Mate 40 Pro smartphone on the forum. And that’s unacceptable as this flagship smartphone is not that old.

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Notably, if your own the Huawei Mate 40 Pro smartphone and have such an issue, then don’t forget to share your experience and issue with us. Also, stay up to date on your device to encounter such issues to a limit, as the problem may occur due to an un-updated system.

If you want to send us Tips, Update Screenshots, or a Message? connect with us here:

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Huawei MateBook X Pro 2022 to launch by end of July 

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Huawei MateBook X Pro launch

Along with the Huawei Nova launch conference next month, the company is preparing to schedule another event namely the ‘Full-Scenario Flagship Product Launch’ nearby the end of July or in staring August. The event marks the launch of Huawei’s new MateBook X Pro 2022 notebook along with the most-awaited Huawei FreeBuds Pro 2.

The famous Weibo tipster ‘Pengpengjun arrival’ shared the info that the MateBook X Pro notebook and Huawei FreeBuds Pro 2 will not announce at the Nova 10 series launch conference which is about to be held on July 4.

Meanwhile, Huawei is preparing a separate’ full scenario flagship product launch conference’ to launch both the Huawei awaited products, user have not to wait long for a new Huawei office notebook and free buds.

Huawei MateBook X Pro 2022:

Previously, Huawei launched the MateBook X Pro 2022 packed with the Intel i5-1155G7 and i7-1195G7 of the 11-generation core. Meanwhile, the new upcoming MateBook X Pro comes with the updated feature, better functioning, and 100 percent accuracy. These notebooks are known for their sleek design and extra slim full-view display.

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It features double the functionality compared with its predecessor. While talking about its display feature then it is equipped with a high screen ratio of 92.5 percent, 3120 x 2080 resolution wth 90 Hz refresh rate, and 500 nit brightness.

Its verbally expected that the new MateBook X Pro will come packed with a 12th generation Core series processor and in the design aspect, it remains unchanged.

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Huawei FreeBuds Pro 2:

Huawei FreeBuds Pro 2’s hybrid noising technology includes inner and outer microphones that reduce noise by up to 47db. Earphones can also dynamically switch between different noise reduction modes depending on the amount of ambient noise. There are bone voice sensors that are claimed to provide better voice sharpness for voice calls.

(Source: ithome)

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Huawei launched two new P50 Pocket leather variants, opens pre-order

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Huawei P50 Pocket leather color

Today, Huawei has launched two new leather variants for the foldable P50 Pocket phone, as shown in the promo poster it has plain leather texture with gold and silver color schemes, which look so admirable and attractive.

Previously, Huawei announced to give the P50 Pocket a leather touch to redesign it in new ways to let you flip the world with a new angle, but now the company provides you not only one but two shades of color as mentioned above.

As per the info, both the new leather shades of the Huawei P50 Pocket are now launched and available for pre-order from today onwards and they will be officially released at the Huawei Nova 10 launch conference scheduled to hold on July 4.

So, guys if you are thinking to purchase Huawei P50 Pocket new leather color variant then just pre-order it now. As the company will officially release it on July 4, 2022, meanwhile you have a limited time period to pre-order it.

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Huawei P50 Pocket leather color

Huawei P50 Pocket:

Huawei’s latest foldable smartphone featured a 6.9-inch screen and 1.04-inch cover display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The Huawei P50 Pocket is packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor coupled with 8 and 12GB RAM and 256/512 of internal storage.

Notably, it has a large 4000mAh battery that supports a 40W super-fast charger, while taking about its camera then it has so amazing  40 MP True-Chrome Camera,13MP Ultra-Wide Angle Camera, and 32 MP Ultra Spectrum Camera. On the front side, the phone has a 10.7 MP selfie camera.

(Source: ithome)

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