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.
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.
- Washington, DC
- North Carolina
- New York
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kirin Maker: Huawei will support HiSilicon for its chipset journey
At Huawei Connect 2021, Eric Xu, Rotating Chairman of the company said in an interview with the media that HiSilicon, the Kirin chipmaker, is only a chip design department. He also mentioned that Huawei has no profit requirement from HiSilicon.
However, the Huawei chief also mentioned that the company will continue to support and raise its chip designing subsidiary and will also allow outstanding talents to join the company to prepare it for future ventures.
Xu further expressed that Huawei is currently aiming to survive in harsh conditions and we are now in a process of survival. Under this process, different companies have different choices and a large number of companies will choose to give and lay off employees. On the other hand, Huawei has its own approach.
Huawei wants to survive all of the outcomes and challenges. Therefore, it may face many technical outages and problems that need to be resolved, which requires top talents to overcome the difficulties.
So we are now spreading out hands and collecting the world’s top talents to join Huawei, and helps it solve as well as improve our overall strength in the survival process. This will all lead towards our prime goal.
Xu concluded its remarks by saying that our approach in this difficult time is different from other companies and we hope that Huawei achieves this path.
This is not the first time when the Huawei chief has come up with such remarks regarding the Kirin maker – HiSilicon. Back in April, during the Huawei Analyst Summit, Eric reiterated the same statement on the ground.
In June, HiSilicon started recruiting new talents that could further enhance the competitiveness of the company in various technologies and put the recruitment in the following categories:
The recruitment is currently underway and seemingly continues to move forward in this way.
(Via – Phonix Tech)
After Three Years: Huawei CFO finally returns China, dealt with U.S. [Updated]
Update – Huawei Statement:
Huawei has shared a statement on this matter, check it below
“United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou have reached a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) in a case bringing federal charges against Ms. Meng for bank and wire fraud. In 2018, Ms. Meng was arrested in Canada in connection with the U.S. charges, and since that time, she has been living in Canada while a Canadian court considers the United States’ request for Ms. Meng’s extradition. Zuckerman Spaeder partner William W. Taylor, III, one of the lawyers who represents Ms. Meng, issued the following statement:
“I’m very pleased that Sabrina Meng and the U.S. Department of Justice have reached a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) and it has been approved by Judge Donnelly. Under the terms of this agreement, Ms. Meng will not be prosecuted further in the United States, and the extradition proceedings in Canada will be terminated. She has not pleaded guilty and we fully expect the indictment will be dismissed with prejudice after fourteen months. Now, she will be free to return home to be with her family.”
Back in 2018, Meng Wanzhou, CFO (Chief Financial Officer) at Huawei arrested at Vancouver, Canada airport. And after nearly three years, Huawei CFO returns to China following a deal with the U.S. on the matter of alleged bank fraud.
According to Reuters, Meng and the U.S. prosecutors signed an agreement to end the bank fraud case. Following this settlement, it’s become possible for Huawei CFO to return to China years after a tight relationship between the U.S. and China.
Just after spreading the news of a settlement between Huawei CFO and the U.S. prosecutors, China released two Canadian citizens, which were jailed around two years back following the Huawei official’s arrest, stated by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
To be mentioned, Beijing (China) has denied that there’s no connection between the arrest of Canadian citizens and Huawei Meng. Meanwhile, the PM of Canada said that the country will be incredibly happy to know, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are on a plane and they’re coming home.
Huawei Meng release: Behind the scene!
The report reveals that the Huawei CFO and the US prosecutors’ settlement process had begun earlier yesterday (Friday), in which the official joined the hearing by video conferencing in Brooklyn USA courtroom. The judge accepted the prosecution agreement related to fraud charges.
Going forward, the British Columbia Supreme Court of Canada, led by Justice Heather Holmes, passed the petition of withdrawal of the extradition order. John Gibb-Carsley, the attorney who was involved in the case, confirmed that it’s the “final chapter” of the case.
Moment: Before leaving for China, Meng Wanzhou thanked Holmes, outside the Vancouver courthouse, the Crown, and Canada for “upholding the rule of law.”
At the same time, Canada’s Justice Department issued a formal statement after the hearing to confirm Meng was free to leave the country.
Three years earlier:
On a U.S. warrant, Huawei Meng was arrested at Vancouver International Airport and charged with bank and wire fraud for allegedly misleading HSBC in 2013 about the company’s telecommunications equipment business dealings in Iran.
Since December 2018, Huawei CFO’s case has been connected to “the Michaels” when the policemen of Canada arrested her at the Vancouver airport on a U.S. warrant. Following this, China arrested two Canadian men and the story has continued since then.
New programming language will launch for Huawei HarmonyOS and EulerOS
On September 25, Huwaei launched its brand new operating system – OpenEuler that is designed for digital infrastructure. That’s not it, Huawei has something more to reveal on this matter that is related to the development of both EulerOS and HarmonyOS.
Deng Taihua, Vice President and President of Huawei Computing Product Line was interviewed by the Chinese media. During the interview, Deng revealed that OpenEuler and OpenHarmony projects share the same capabilities and ecosystem interoperability.
EulerOS and HarmonyOS:
Den mentioned that the core technologies of these two operating systems are shared. In the future, these two OS will further strengthen their core areas including security, programming languages, device driver frameworks, and distributed soft buses. In terms of ecosystem interoperability, the system of these two realizes application, device, developers as well as university ecosystem.
New Huawei Programming Language:
Deng said Huawei will launch a new research programming language CJ for HarmonyOS and EulerOS application development. However, the official didn’t reveal any further details on this matter.
Earlier this year, Huawei filed a registration name patent for “Cangjie Language” and it’s classified under 42 international categories for design and research. This trademark is expected to be for the programming language of Huawei.
According to the information, the patent was officially filed in February and its status is currently pending. Similarly, Huawei has also applied for a trademark “Cangjie” as the keyword found by Huawei and also for Huawei Cangjie.
Last September, some Weibo users rumored that Huawei was developing its own programming language, named “Cangjie”. Also, this development is underway for a long time and it’s expected that some specific details will be announced in 2021.
Huawei’s Rotating Chairman – Eric Xu said HarmonyOS and Euler, both will be open source and the company will focus on building these two operating systems in the future.
In terms of working terminology, HarmonyOS is used for smart devices, IoT, industrial use cases. On the other hand, Euler is designed for servers, edge computing, cloud, and more.
(via – Tech Sina)