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.
U.S. is confused over Honor – Ban or Not
After banning Huawei, the U.S. government is now aiming at Honor. The US agencies have recently conducted a meeting to discuss whether to add the former subsidiary of Huawei to the US entity list or not. The meeting seems to soon turn into an argument due to the lack of agreement among the members.
A report from The Washington Post reveals, there are apparently four security organizations that are presenting their perspective on this matter. The Pentagon and Energy Department wants the authorities to black-listed Honor in the market. Meanwhile, the Commerce Department and State Department are strictly against this vote.
In 2019, the Trump administration banned Huawei in suspicion of being a security threat to the nation. Afterward, the US companies withdrew their supply and left Huawei to struggle alone. However, taking it as an opportunity the company started to polish its technologies and making its own empire. Still, there is a long way to cover.
On the other hand, the Chinese firm never accepted the false blame and always opposes them. Furthermore, the Huawei authorities claim all the charges of the US Federal Ministry groundless.
Last December, Huawei sold its subsidiary to a group of Chinese businesses. Thereafter, Honor regained its supply chain including chipsets, Google Mobile Services as well as other partnerships with global tech makers.
Why the US wants to Blacklist Honor:
There is no clear statement why the US wants to ban Honor. The company is no longer part of Huawei and become an independent firm last year. Moving ahead, it doesn’t have a strong position in 5G networking devices manufacturing, which causes any security threat in the country and causes a ban like it did with Huawei.
However, if the company is anyhow banned in the US, it’ll surely bring devastating outcomes. It might lead the owners to give up on the company as it’ll directly cut the supplies from the biggest market. But first, the US has to clear its confusion to ban Honor or not. If yes, then why?
Chip makers to boost 5G RF component production, could help Huawei to bring back 5G phones
The 5G RF (radio frequency) components are a big concern for Huawei as it’s forced to launch its flagship with 4G network access. Launched on July 29 this year, the Huawei P50 series packs a sumptuous camera system, software capabilities, and design. However, the smartphone lacks a 5G communication network.
As reported previously, core 5G components use radiofrequency waves divided into Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) and Bulk Acoustic Wave (BAW). Among them, the smartphone makers prefer BAW, whose market is mainly ruled by US chipmakers that are restricted to sell 5G chips to Huawei due to US-Sanctions.
Furthermore, a recent report shows that like other markets, the chip industry has its own working flow. It includes manufactories, packaging, and testing plants to supply 5G RF components. Now the chip foundries are working to expand their business relations and planed of producing more 5G smartphone chips. The positive side of this news is that Huawei could also get access to 5G RF components to bring its 5G smartphones.
Chip Market Status in China:
According to the report, Vanchip Technologies which is a sub-foundry of MediaTek is seeking to work with GaAs. The two parties are accelerating their production to meet the 5G demands across the mainland.
Moving ahead, Qualcomm also contacted Wenmao that will responsible for G sub-6GHz power amplifier (PA). Adding to this, another Chinese supplier Hongjie Technology will provide Qualcomm the advanced 6-inch wafers.
In this line, Qualcomm also extending the RF collaboration on 5G RF front-end products with GlobalFoundries (GF). The collaboration includes sub-6 GHz and cutting-edge mmWave technology to unlock everyday 5G access.
Global Chip Market Status:
The United States and Japan are monopolizing the global chip market at present. The fabless manufacturers including Qualcomm, Qorvo, and Skyworks are planning to work together.
Besides, the other manufactures such as ASE, Amkor, and Changjiang Electronics Technology have ramp-up system-in-package (SiP) and antenna packaging (AiP) integration in their products.
Honor of Kings announce 120Hz support, Huawei Nova 9 come with 90Hz
Huawei Nova 9 will unveil on September 23rd offering four different solid colors- Blue, Violet, Green, and Black. The Nova 9 lineup comes with a 120Hz refresh rate display and features a 300Hz touch sampling rate for maximized touch interactions.
Along with the launch, the Nova 9 will also become one of the unique devices with 90Hz refresh rate support Honor of King game. According to the official information, the next Honor of Kings S25 will also launch on September 23. In this regard, this game expands the new 120 Hz game mode support for more devices for Xiaomi, Black Shark. realme, and others. (check the list below).
Meanwhile, the yet-to-launch Huawei Nova 9 along with Lenovo Xiaoxin Pad Pro 12.6 will support 90 Hz game mode. However, Huawei Nova 9 originally supports a 120 Hz screen rate, and the 300 Hz touch sampling rate providing a 10-bit color depth.
Meanwhile, the upcoming Huawei Nova 9 along with a Lenovo tablet will support the 90Hz refresh rate. However, it’s interesting that Huawei Nova 9 gets a different variation of the game with a high-performance refresh rate for faster gameplay.
Device List for 120 Hz Support:
- iQOO: iQOO 8 and 8 Pro
- Vivo: Vivo X70 Pro+
- Redmi: Redmi K40 Pro
- Xiaomi: Xiaomi 11 Ultra and 11 Pro
- Tencent: Tencent ROG phone 3, ROG phone 5, Red Magic 6, and 6 Pro
- Black Shark: Black Shark 4, 4 Pro, 4S, 4S Pro, and Black Shark 4 Oversea Version
- realme: realme GT, and GT Neo2
Note: The players of the listed devices can find the switch button for high frame rate mode in the setting interface to enable this function.
Honor of Kings:
Also known as Glory of Kings, it’s a Chinese multiplayer battle arena launched by Tencent games. It was launched in October 2015 and counts among the world’s most popular and one of the highest-grossing games of all time.
Moreover, the official information shows, the next’s season of the game will be updated on 23rd September from 0:00-7:30. The website will be taken down for the changes by the time.