Does Google really want third-party app stores on Android or are they a ‘necessary evil’?

Google has eliminated competition in the distribution of Android apps using myriad contractual and technical barriers. Google’s actions force app developers and consumers into Google’s own monopolized “app store”—the GooglePlay Store. Google has thus installed itself as an unavoidable middleman for app developers who wish to reach Android users and vice versa. Google uses this […]

Google now forces Android phone makers to advertise Google services support

In other words, Android OEMs now have to directly specify whether they have Google Apps or not. It’s likely prompted by Huawei’s situation. In the past, all Android devices (with very few exceptions) sold in Europe and other non-Asian regions would presumably ship with the Google Play Store and Google Play Services pre-installed. Huawei, shipping […]

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

Epic’s complaint against Google reads; “Epic does not seek monetary compensation from this Court for the injuries it has suffered. Epic likewise does not seek a side deal or favourable treatment from Google for itself. Instead, Epic seeks injunctive relief that would deliver Google’s broken promise: an open, competitive Android ecosystem for all users and […]

NCERT audiobooks available for primary to class 12 students, here’s how to access via Google Assistant

MHRD on its official Twitter handle wrote, “NCERT textbooks are NOW available in audio form! This facility will be very useful for DIVYANG/Children With Special Needs (#CwSN) & is more relevant given the unprecedented #covidcrisis. #DigitalEducation Access the audiobooks here.”

AFL legend slams Sunrise host David Koch over his ‘White Australia’ racist accusations after another footy identity called for the league to abandon playing a game in China

‘With two major-level sponsors a direct result of its engagement in China, regular elevated interactions with significant government figures, protagonists in the AFL’s first in-season matches in Asia, Port Adelaide is well placed to realise its ambition to become a global brand,’ the website read.   

Nokia 5.3 launching in India soon as product page goes live on official website

The Nokia 5.3 is powered by a Snapdragon 665 SoC paired with up 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The Nokia 5.3 sports a 6.55-inch HD+ LCD panel with a 20:9 aspect ratio. The phone packs a 4,000 mAh battery, which the company claims can deliver up to two days of battery life depending […]

How to make sure your 2020 mail-in vote is counted

But not all states offer this feature. And they’re not all Southern states opposed to mail-in voting you might suspect. You might expect Texas to require an excuse for voting by mail and not offer a tracking system. But New York also requires an excuse and also does not track your ballot. Connecticut is an […]

Harman launches AKG Lyra microphone and AKG studio headphones, price starts Rs 9,499

Audio brand Harman has launched the two new AKG professional studio headphones — K361-BT and K371-BT. Along with these, the company has also launched an ultra-HD, multi-mode USB microphone called AKG Lyra. All three products are exclusively available on Amazon India’s website, with offers including a no-cost EMI. AKG Lyra is available at an introductory […]

Confucius Institutes Have Been Rapidly Dissolving — Here Are The Dozens Still Left On American Campuses

The Trump administration announced its plan to designate the Confucius Institutes U.S. Center (CIUS) as a foreign mission Thursday, in order to counter growing influence from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The designation comes amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and China, and requires the CIUS in Washington to declare its personnel and property in […]

Indian internet companies grappling with fake app installations

Getting someone to install a mobile application once can be a challenge, but throw in a little something and they might be willing to download the app multiple times.Something as insignificant as a mobile recharge package worth Rs 10. For companies spending big money on making their apps stand out amid the clutter, this is […]