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.
Huawei won global Corporate Startup Star Award at CSS 2022
Huawei won the “Corporate Startup Star Award” and “China Corporate Startup Star Award” for the second year, at the Corporate Startup Stars Award Ceremony 2022 (CSS) in London, UK.
The CSS Award was launched in 2016 under the European Commission’s Startup Europe Partnership initiative, by Mind the Bridge in partnership with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). CSS award aims at recognizing the best companies worldwide in terms of open innovation and corporate-startup collaboration.
In total, 100 companies, located in every region of the world, have been recognized for their work: 50 as Global Corporate Startup Stars and 50 as Global Open Innovation Challengers.
“At Huawei, we are fully committed to open innovation. We’ve spent many efforts on different areas to support a collaborative and open environment by working with various partners: from incubating startups and SMEs to fostering joint industry solutions through our global OpenLabs, to encouraging the exchange of ideas on science and technology.” expressed Jeff Wang, President of the Public Affairs and Communications Dept at Huawei.
Alongside Huawei, there are other companies named in the CSS 2022 Top 50 Corporate Startup Stars.
These are AB InBev, Airbus, Allianz, AXA, Bayer, BNP Paribas, BMW Group, Bosch Group, BP, Cisco Systems, Citigroup, Coca Cola, Daimler (Mercedes-Benz), Deutsche Telekom, Enel, Engie, EQT Partners, Philip Morris, Visa, Hyundai Motor, Iberdrola, IBM, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, LG Electronics, Merck KGaA, Mitsubishi, Munich Re, National Grid, Nestlé, Novartis, Orange, Ping An Insurance, GSK, Samsung, SAP, Saudi Aramco, Schneider Electric, Shell, Siemens, Société Générale, Sumitomo, Telefónica, Toyota Motor, Unilever, Volkswagen, Walmart, Xiaomi, and SoftBank Group.
Other than CSS, Huawei also won the “China Corporate Startup Star Award” as the top performer in the China region.
“Huawei has proven through different startup initiatives to stay resilient to industry changes and its willingness to explore new technologies. Spark Accelerator is helping early-stage companies in different innovation ecosystems with the technical and financial support they need to scale globally and connects them with promising partnership opportunities,” said Alberto Onetti, Chairman of Mind the Bridge.
Huawei Winter 2022 Launch event set on December 9 [Official]
December 7, 2022: Huawei has officially confirmed that the Winter 2022 product launch conference will happen on December 9 at 14:00 Beijing Time. Check the products and information mentioned below.
December 5, 2022:
Huawei could reschedule Winter 2022 Launch Event on December 9. It was postponed due to the passing away of a former Chinese leader. Initially, Huawei planned to hold this event on December 2. Yet, Huawei along with other Chinese firms chose to delay their programs.
The latest input comes from a well-known Weibo tipster, saying that Huawei has rescheduled the Winter 2022 launch event to December 9. At the event, Huawei will unveil a bunch of products including the Huawei Watch Buds, Nova 10 SE, Enjoy 50z, and Children’s Watch 5X.
Huawei Watch Buds:
It’s one of the most anticipated smartwatches on the planet as it continues to rumble on the internet as a viral gadget over the past week. Why? Because of the 2-in-1 mechanism of Huawei Watch Buds smartwatch.
The smartwatch has a regular smartwatch design but it also brings you a pair of wireless earphones inside. To unveil the earbuds, you need to open the display from the bottom side. This is quite an interesting design and we’re excited to see that on the launch stage.
Huawei Nova 10 SE:
This phone is already out in the global market but it is now ready to make an appearance among Chinese consumers. What’s interesting about this phone? Well, it offers a Nova 10 like design and a 108-megapixel main camera that could take powerful pictures in all types of environments.
The design of this phone is also polished and gives a new look entirely based on its premium aesthetics.
Huawei Enjoy 50Z:
The Enjoy 50Z is also a device that you may not want to miss. The phone brings a 50MP triple camera system including a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth of field sensor. Aside from the camera section, the 5000mAh battery of this phone is ready to bring a powerful backup.
Huawei Children Watch 5X:
Here’s another anticipated product that will excite young Huawei consumers because Huawei Children’s Watch 5X is about children. However, this time, Huawei is ready to launch the Children’s Watch with a double experience.
Talking Tom Time Rush launches on Huawei AppGallery
Talking Tom Time Rusha is a new runner game that allows you to enjoy adventures with your favorite character Tom, Angela, Hank, Ben, Ginger, and Becca.
Players can join Tom and his friends as they dive into a world to explore side unique paths and discover special surprises together.
Here are some of the key features of Talking Tom Time Rush:
- All of the friends are unlocked from the beginning
- Run through extraordinary worlds
- Find cross-roads, side paths, and surprises
- Try out special vehicles
- Boost your run with supersonic power-ups
- Collect cool new outfits
Interestingly, you can also speed up their chase by hopping on cool vehicles, like bikes or pirate ships, or use power-ups to boost their progress.
“The Talking Tom & Friends brand has been thrilling Huawei users with every new game introduced,” said Jaime Gonzalo, VP of Consumer Mobile Services Europe at Huawei. “Talking Tom Time Rush is no exception, and we expect dedicated Talking Tom & Friends players, fans of other runner games, and casual and arcade gamers to download the new game in their droves now that it’s available. But be careful… Once you start playing this game, it’s hard to stop!”
Open this link of AppGallery on your Huawei smartphone and download the Talking Tom Time Rush game. Open the app and start playing.