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Winners and losers of the week: Google sacrifices commissions, BigTech opposes new antitrust invoice

As one other week attracts to a detailed, it’s time we take a fast have a look at what we expect are the winners and losers of the week. Not like final week, the NextPit editorial workforce had a (pretty) lengthy dialog to determine on our picks this week. In the long run, Google made the lower as our winner, whereas BigTech corporations (which additionally contains Google) discovered themselves within the loser’s nook. This week, we even have a particular winner from the NextPit group for taking part (and successful) our picture contest!

However first, let’s take a fast have a look at a few of the different essential developments from this week, lets?

Leaks from Apple and Samsung

Samsung by no means fails to stay out of the limelight and this week was no exception. This week, we noticed what could possibly be the first-ever photos of the corporate’s 2021 foldable lineup. The units that leaked include the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 23. From the renders, plainly each these units would solely see incremental updates over their present brethren. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 could possibly be thinner than the Fold 2  – whereas the Galaxy Z Flip 3 will get an attention-grabbing dual-tone design.

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The upcoming foldable from Samsung! / © Evan Blass

Staying with Samsung, this week additionally noticed the first renders of the company’s upcoming Galaxy Watch Active 4 leak. Then we had extra details about Samsung’s next-gen Galaxy S handsets – the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus, likely featuring real telephoto cameras. Oh, and lest we overlook, the Korean firm additionally introduced a brand new mid-range handset – the Galaxy M32 in India – with possibilities of a wider launch within the coming months.

Shifting on to Apple, whereas we all know that the corporate will announce its next-generation iPhone fashions simply two months from now, there’s speak already in regards to the fashions that will arrive subsequent yr – in 2022. The (possible) iPhone 14 fashions may come in two display sizes – 6.1″ and 6.7″, and there shall be 4 fashions in complete. Additionally, the rumors make it seem to be Apple is eliminating the iPhone Mini collection beginning subsequent yr. Let’s see how this one pans out. Staying with iPhone-related information, this week additionally noticed 4 new dummy iPhone models seem in a leak claiming to be iPhone 13 fashions.  

Winner of the week: Google for agreeing to scale back Play Retailer fee for sure apps

Google – and BigTech corporations, on the whole, have at all times been vilified for his or her monopolistic habits. Whereas we’ll speak about this on this week’s losers part, this time round, Google did make a transfer that has been appreciated by many. 

The corporate, on June 23, announced the launch of the Play Media Experience program, which mainly helps builders provide you with nice person expertise on Android apps that work throughout a number of Google ecosystem merchandise, together with Android Auto, Google TV, and Put on OS.

Whereas not all apps qualify for this program, those that do get an enormous waiver when it comes to Google’s service charges, as a substitute of the conventional 30 % lower that Google takes off builders, apps which might be a part of the Play Media Expertise program will solely need to dole out half that quantity to Google.

Loser of the week: BigTech corporations for opposing nee anti-trust rules within the US

We could hate to confess it, however there isn’t any denying that what occurs within the US has its reverberations felt throughout the remainder of the (tech) world. This week noticed US lawmakers announce five new bills that might adversely influence the dominance of monopolies like Amazon, Fb, Google, and Apple. 

These payments, in keeping with experiences, will find yourself placing a number of restrictions on lots of the monopolistic techniques that these corporations are infamous for. This ranges from issues like buying rivals, selling self-branded merchandise (or providers) on their very own platform over merchandise from different sellers (bear in mind AmazonBasics?), and forcing corporations to make the method of the swap to competing platforms simpler (attempt transferring WhatsApp knowledge from Android to iPhone), and so forth. 

The response from the top honchos at these corporations has been unanimous. Apple’s Tim Prepare dinner reportedly made calls to Speaker of the Home Nancy Pelosi and different members of Congress to push again in opposition to the payments whereas different senior executives have made public statements speaking in regards to the adversarial nature of the payments.  There’s nonetheless time for these payments to be handed and it must be voted by a committee earlier than it’s even handed and made right into a regulation. Do you assume these payments would make it to fruition of their present state? 

Particular winner of the week: NextPit group member CF for successful the NextPit picture contest!

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The successful entry from our picture contest! / © NextPit

In case you weren’t conscious, NextPit held a photograph contest in Might- the outcomes of which have been introduced this week. Our successful {photograph} got here from our German group member, CF. Titled “After the rain,”, who consider it or not, captured the picture utilizing an iPhone 8! This as soon as once more highlights the truth that taking a terrific picture doesn’t essentially require the most recent and best tools! Read more about our photo contest in the dedicated article here.

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