By Foo Yun Chee
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – IPhone maker Apple, the target of EU antitrust investigations into key segments of its business, on Tuesday rejected accusations of market dominance, saying it competes with Google, Samsung and other rivals.
Earlier this month, the European Commission opened investigations into Apple’s App Store and mobile payment system Apple Pay, concerned about its role as a gatekeeper to its lucrative platform.
“We compete with a wide variety of companies, Google, Samsung, Huawei, Vivo, LG, Lenovo and many more,” Daniel Matray, head of Apple’s App Store and Apple Media Services, told a Forum Europe online event.
“In fact, Apple does not have a dominant position in any market, and we face strong competition in every category, in tablets, wearables, desktop and notebook computers, maps, music, payments, messaging, and more,” he said.
Matray defended Apple’s App Store, saying the same rules apply to all developers, large and small, with 85% of apps not required to pay a 30% fee to the company which is only valid for those which use its in-app payment service.
The EU is investigating whether this requirement and rules preventing developers from informing users of cheaper products elsewhere are anti-competitive.
It is also probing Apple’s terms and conditions on how its mobile payment service Apple Pay should be used in merchants’ apps and websites, and also the company’s refusal to allow rivals access to the payment system.
The EU investigations were prompted by a complaint by Swedish music streaming service Spotify and an e-book rival.
Matray said the App Store has boosted competition, rather than harmed rivals.
“In the nearly 12 years since the App Store debuted, the best measure of its success is the dynamism it has unleashed and the state of the app economy today,” he said.
(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)
Google has already discontinued the Pixel 4 and 4 XL – The Verge
Google has discontinued the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, its flagship phones that were released in October of last year. Both devices are out of stock in Google’s store in the US, though some variants are still available in other regions for the time being.
“Google Store has sold through its inventory and completed sales of Pixel 4 [and] 4 XL,” a Google spokesperson confirms to The Verge. “For people who are still interested in buying Pixel 4 [and] 4 XL, the product is available from some partners while supplies last. Just like all Pixel devices, Pixel 4 will continue to get software and security updates for at least three years from when the device first became available on the Google Store in the US.”
It’s unusual for Google to discontinue a Pixel phone so quickly. The Pixels 2 and 3 were on sale for around 18 months each, with Google stopping sales roughly six months after the introduction of their successors. The move means Google technically no longer has a flagship phone for sale.
That is a technicality, though — Google introduced the new Pixel 4A earlier this week for an August 20th release, and also confirmed that the Pixel 5 and a 5G-equipped 4A would be coming later this fall. And while the 4A is a budget device, between its better battery life, less bezel-y design, and equally good main camera you might actually prefer it to the regular Pixel 4. That’s the conclusion Dieter came to in our review, saying “the Pixel 4A makes a much stronger case for itself than other Pixel phones.”
Google Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE (2020) Speed Test [VIDEO] – iPhone in Canada
YouTube channel Brandon Butch has shared a speed test video showcasing the new Google Pixel 4a released on Monday, against Apple’s iPhone SE (2020), in a shoot out between the latest ‘budget’ smartphones.
The test puts both phones through a boot test, app launch test, multitasking test, gaming, web browsing test, Wi-Fi speed test and more.
The Pixel 4a has a Snapdragon 730 processor and 6GB of RAM, while the iPhone SE is powered by Apple’s A13 chip and has 3GB of RAM.
The boot up test saw the Pixel 4a load faster, while the app launching test was a pretty close race between both phones. Overall, Butch says he was “surprised” at how well the Pixel 4a performed versus the more expensive iPhone SE.
The Pixel 4a costs $479 in Canada and comes with, 128GB of storage. An equivalent iPhone SE with 128GB storage costs $669 CAD, a $190 premium over the Pixel 4a.
Samsung announces productivity-focused Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7+ – MobileSyrup
Samsung announced two new tablets during its recent Unpacked event, the 11-inch Galaxy Tab S7 and the 12.4-inch Tab S7+.
Both tablets feature a premium feel like last year’s Tab S6, include 5G capabilities and offer a revamped Book Cover keyboard that is still sold separately.
Samsung says it also improved its Dex desktop software to make it work more smoothly, and there’s even a mode that allows users to wirelessly link the tablet to Window’s PCs so it can act as a second screen.
Other new features include an S Pen stylus with more weight to it that only features 9ms of latency.
The reduced latency is great since the tablets feature a 120Hz refresh rate that ensures everything from writing to typing and playing games feels surprisingly smooth.
Both tablets release on August 21st. The Tab S7 starts at $919 CAD for the 128GB model and goes up to $1,029 CAD for the 256GB storage option. The Tab S7+ starts at $1,189 CAD and goes up to $1,299 CAD.
It’s worth noting that both 256GB versions of the tablet are only available in ‘Mystic Black.’ The other configuration comes in ‘Mystic Bronze’ and ‘Mystic Silver.’
Stay tuned to MobileSyrup tomorrow for our full hands-on preview.
Source: Samsung Global
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