On September 10, 2021, U.S. Federal Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers came to a conclusion of Apple vs Epic Games and issued an injunction to Apple. What is it? Well, Apple can no longer restrict developers to use its exclusive in-app purchase system. This means, they can now, use their own in-app purchase system, which is a huge win for developers across the world and a major blow to Apple.
As an app distributor, Apple takes from 15% to 30% profit of an app’s digital goods sales. The decision also put an end to the long-standing battle between app developers and Apple, which will further allow them to implement their own payment gateway on their apps on App Store.
Interestingly, App makes a huge sum of profit from this developer fee, and in 2020, it was respected that Apple made over $64 billion USD solely from App Store. Not only that but the result and the effect of this latest decision reflects on Apple stock, which dropped over 2 percent on Friday.
This latest development in the court also highlights how the App Store platform is monopolized against developers and helps to curb competition. Apple won platform won on nine out of 10 counts but was found guilty according to anticompetitive conduct under California law.
Therefore, the law decided to force the change on App Store policies and ordered the tech maker to approach soft on in-app purchases from December 2021.
“The Court concludes that Apple’s anti-steering provisions hide critical information from consumers and illegally stifle consumer choice,” Rogers wrote. “When coupled with Apple’s incipient antitrust violations, these anti-steering provisions are anticompetitive and a nationwide remedy to eliminate those provisions is warranted.”
“Given the trial record, the Court cannot ultimately conclude that Apple is a monopolist under either federal or state antitrust laws,” Rogers wrote.
On the other hand, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney made comment on the ruling, saying the ruling isn’t a win for developers or for consumers. Epic is fighting for fair competition among in-app payment methods and app stores for a billion consumers.
Apple Vs Epic:
Epic Games, an American video game and software developer, is well known for its games and the game engine. The company has developed and distributed Fortnite, one of the most famous online multi-play games.
The game offers V-bucks, the in-game currency to purchase costumes and other in-game products. The consumer needs to purchase V-bucks using real currency, and the entire purchase part is handled by Apple’s payment system.
Epic wasn’t seeking money from Apple, instead, it wanted to be allowed to install its own app store on iPhones, which would let it bypass Apple’s cut and impose its own fees on games.
This is where a clash began between the two companies, in August 202, Epic Games updated Fortnite on its servers to reduce the price of V Bucks by 20 percent if players purchase this currency directly through Epic Games’ payment system.
This bypasses Apple’s own payment system and its fee cut. In the aftermath, Apple removed Fortnite from App Store and due to the outdated software support, the app stopped working on iPhones. This scenario brought Epic’s subsequent lawsuit against Apple.
Epic and Google and Play Store:
Aside from Apple, Epic has also filed legal action against Google over the same issue on Play Store. Similar to Apple, the same fate could decide for Google.
Back on July, 36 U.S. states sued Google for its bad practices over Play Store Monopoly. The lawsuit claims that Google is keeping other developers out of competition in the application market, what we’ve saw on Apple App Store.
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.
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.
Huawei gains 44.7 trillion USD sales revenue in first half of 2022: Report
Huawei has scored a sales revenue of 301.6 billion yuan (44.7 trillion USD) in the first half of 2022. Alongside, the company has also fruitfully gained a net profit margin of 5.0 percent, while the revenue overall continues to clamp down.
The Chinese manufacturer brought down the unaudited financial report, yesterday. Describing the odds and evens, Huawei said that the 2022 sales revenue report, as well as its operating results, seems to be on the right track for the moment.
Apart from the sales revenue, the company has also showcased the data of operator business and enterprise business income. Alternatively, the operator’s business income is 142.7 billion yuan (21.1 trillion USD) and the enterprise business income is 101.3 billion yuan (15.02 trillion USD).
Comparatively less, but good!
If we go into the flashback, the company has come one step down from its previous outcomes. In the first half of 2021, Huawei has obtained a sales revenue of 320.4 billion yuan (47.5 trillion USD) with a net profit margin of 9.8 percent.
On the flip side, in the previous year, the scoreboard for operator business income and enterprise business income displayed the achievement of 136.9 billion yuan (20.3 trillion USD) and 42.9 billion yuan (6.36 trillion USD) respectively.
Yet, Huawei believes that the overall performance and the result of the company in the first half of this year are quite running as per the expectations of the company. And soon the company will exhibit some more master strokes in the time ahead.
Giving depth to the words and success, the Rotating Chairman of Huawei – Hu Houkun expressed his cheerfulness in the following words:
“Although the terminal business has been greatly affected, the ICT infrastructure business has maintained steady growth. We will actively seize the development trend of digitalization and low-carbon development, and achieve quality by creating value for customers and partners.”
On the other hand, the company has also shown its gratitude towards the consumers who kept supporting the products and made them stand at the top position in the market.
“Thanks to customers and partners for their trust and support to Huawei. In 2022, the external environment will be complex and changeable, and operations will face great challenges. Huawei will work closely with customers and partners around the world to overcome the difficulties together.”
Huawei Petal Search brings new related searches feature
Huawei has recently dispatched a new update for the Huawei Petal Search app, now it lets you conduct new related searches via mobile applications as well as better app results from AppGallery and third-party sources.
Through, this new update for the Huawei Petal Search engine works to provide improved related searches for the users. Alongside it enhance the security to give trusted and verifies apps.
Here is how this new update for the Huawei Patel Search gives you a better result, check below:
- For example, if you search the “Green Tea benefits” on the Huawei Petal Search: Then it gives you the search result matter on the top instead of links of a certain.
- It doesn’t mean that the links of the web are not available there, but on top, you will find your search result content.
- It also shows you certain related keyword variations related to your search query like Green tea recipe, What is Green tea, and more.
- If you wanted to switch your query to the suggested one, then simply tap on one of them and the search will be conducted onsight.
— Huawei Mobile Services (@HMS_GlobalPage) August 11, 2022
The Huawei Petal Search is inspired by the related searches for the user’s convenient and better results. We recommend users check whether the new update for the Huawei Petal Search is available on their smartphone or not:
- Sign in to the AppGallery
- Connect and click My apps
- Search Huawei Petal Search App from the list
- Check whether the update option is available
- If yes, then hit the Update tap to experience the new version.
Here is how to activate the Petal Search Home screen widget
- Access the Home Screen.
- Two fingers should be squeezed or pressed together.
- Click Widget.
- Pick “Petal Search” from the list of widget options. To discover, scroll left or right.
- To add the widget to your home screen, simply touch it.
Google to bring new changes in Gmail spam filter feature
Google keeps the user’s privacy and security-related concerns in priority and ensures to introduce such features and services that can bring convenience to the fingertips. But seems like the new changes to the Gmail spam filter feature could affect the comfort level of consumers using the respective mail platform.
So far, the US manufacturer has been planning to revamp the spam filter feature of the Gmail application. The company put forth its idea in front of the Federal Election Commission that eventually let political emails enter your notification desk without any restrictions.
Alternatively, the commission has approved this scheme, and will soon bring this feature to the application. As per this scheme, the political candidates that are legally registered in the books of lawsuits have the access to distribute emails in bulk.
Moreover, these emails will directly lead to the home page of Gmail instead of spam boxes. As a result, users will get notified whenever the email will push on their device. However, they won’t get the option to opt out of these emails in any way.
How the political emails will reach you?
The latest information also suggests that the first political email will approach the user with a notification. It will ask the user whether they want to continue receiving the messages from the other party. On hitting the NO tab, these mail will start appearing in the spam folder, instead of the main page.
Google has begun the pilot program for the mentioned feature. It will soon take place on all Android devices. Ahead, the company explains its intentions with the new addition on Gmail:
“Our goal during this pilot program is to assess alternative ways of addressing concerns from bulk senders while giving users clear controls over their inboxes to minimize unwanted email.”
However, it does not looks like the new implementation will bring any kind of minimizing of mails on the respective platform for the users.