Australia's competition regulator said it would look into the use of and sharing of data by apps and the extent of competition between Apple Inc's and Google's app stores. It will also look at whether more pricing transparency is needed in Australia's mobile apps market. Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is "interested in how data is used and shared in the app ecosystem, including the data available to Google and Apple as a result of their control of the major app stores," Delia Rickard, the commission's deputy chair, said in a statement. The business practices of U.S tech giants have come under scrutiny globally but Australian regulators have been among the most aggressive in trying to rein in their reach. Australia is set to become the first country to make Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google pay for news sourced from local providers under a royalty-style system. Google and Apple representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The … [Read more...] about Australian watchdog to examine competition between Apple and Google app stores
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seems really miffed with Apple over App Store's policies. In an interview on HBO's Axios, Zuckerberg said that Apple's App Store behavior "deserves scrutiny". When asked if he believes that the Apple is a monopoly, Facebook CEO replied, "So, I do think that there are questions that people should be looking into about that control of the App store and whether that is enabling as robust of a competitive dynamic." Comparing the iPhone maker to Google, he pointed out latter's different approach to Android. He mentioned how Android users have the option to sideload apps from any other sources if they want, other than having from the Google Play Store. "As a developer, if you're not in the Google Play Store, at least you still have a way to get your app on people's devices. That means that people aren't completely going to be shut out if they're doing something that Google doesn't prefer. I think that's really important. That people have a way to create … [Read more...] about Why Facebook CEO thinks Google is ‘better’ than Apple
"In late July, 2018, just before Android 9 Pie was launched in AOSP, Android 8.0 (Oreo) accounted for 8.9% of the ecosystem. By comparison, in late August 2019, just before we launched Android 10, Android 9 (Pie) accounted for 22.6% of the ecosystem. This makes it the largest fraction of the ecosystem, and shows that Project Treble has had a positive effect on updatability," wrote Malchev. … [Read more...] about Google: Your smartphone is getting Android upgrades faster and here’s the proof
At first, you earn 1 point for every $1 you spend. During the first seven days, however, you’ll earn three times more points. If you earn enough points within a calendar year, you can move to the next “level,” which increases how many points you can earn and adds benefits. … [Read more...] about What Are Google Play Points, and How Do You Use Them?
Providing market statistics, the ACCC said it is estimated that 1.79 million apps are currently available for download on the Apple App Store and an average of 770 new apps are published daily. For the Google Play Store, an estimated 3.39 million apps are available for download and an average of 3,515 new apps are added to the store every day. … [Read more...] about App stores next digital realm under the ACCC microscope