Google might be killing off Duo in favor of Meet

It’s a bit perplexing on the one hand, considering how simple and easy to use Duo is. The plan to separate them by use-case was brilliant on the face of it, consumers would have a Facetime competitor and businesses could have a Skype counterpart. On the other hand, Meet has grown by leaps and bounds […]

A license that allowed Google to update older Huawei phones just expired

What you need to know Google may no longer be able to provide Android or app updates to Huawei. While new Huawei phones were already barred from Google services, older phones had till now been eligible to receive updates. The expiration of a reprieve given to Huawei is behind this latest development.

Google now forces Android phone makers to advertise Google services support

What you need to know Google now mandates the promotion of Google apps compatibility on retail copies of compatible Android phones. Xiaomi is the first retailer to adopt this change. The move follows Huawei’s exile from Google’s Android even as the OEM pushes its own P-Series phones.

Epic Games wins support from Fortnite gamers, firms on Apple standoff

Fortnite creator Epic Games found support from its legions of gamers, Tinder-owner Match Group and Spotify for suing Apple and Google after the tech giants dropped the popular video game from their app stores for violating payment guidelines. Epic Games started a social media campaign against the iPhone maker by releasing a parody of Apple’s […]

Apple in talks for 3.5-lakh sq ft Bengaluru office for retail centre

India’s pandemic-battered commercial property leasing market is being propped up by deals in and around Bengaluru and Hyderabad, even as other big cities such as Mumbai and NCR see transactions limping back to normalcy. Apple is negotiating with builders for a 350,000 sq ft office space in Bengaluru which will serve its global markets, and […]

Epic Games claims Google forced OnePlus to renege on a Fortnite launcher deal

In its complaint, Epic alleged, “Epic’s experience with one OEM, OnePlus, is illustrative. Epic struck a deal with OnePlus to make Epic games available on its phones through an Epic Games app. The Epic Games app would have allowed users to seamlessly install and update Epic games, including Fortnite, without obstacles imposed by Google’s Android […]

Epic Games sues Apple, Google over the removal of Fortnite from their respective app stores

Epic’s complaint claims that search giant’s payment restrictions on the Play Store constitutes a monopoly and are in violation of the Sherman Act and California’s Cartwright Act. Epic also filed a legal complaint in the US District Court for the Northern District of California against Apple, alleging that the App Store also constitutes a monopoly.

Samsung Galaxy S30 series reportedly won’t have time-of-flight sensor because there’s no ‘killer content’

What you need to know Much like the Note 20 series, the Galaxy S30 will likely not feature a ToF sensor. The ToF sensor found in the S20 is inferior to Apple’s and maybe be part of why the company has opted to abandon the tech. Samsung has not given up on the technology, however, […]

Facebook starts merger of Instagram and Messenger chats

Facebook appears to flipping the switch on integrating the chat systems for Instagram and Messenger. On Friday evening, several editors at The Verge across the country — on both iOS and Android devices — noticed an update screen popped up in Instagram’s mobile app with the message “There’s a New Way to Message on Instagram” […]

The U.S. is reportedly preparing to block global chip supplies to Huawei

Hot takes Here are tech media’s hot takes on Surface Duo Reactions to the Surface Duo after its launch earlier this week ranged from disappointed to elated. Among the media, in particular, there was a surprising amount of enthusiasm for Microsoft’s dual-screen device. Here’s a look at some of the chatter from around the web.