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Facebook, Google and more unite to let you transfer data between apps

“The Data Transfer Project is a new team-up between tech giants to let you move your content, contacts, and more across apps” reports techcrunch.com. Founded by Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Microsoft, the DTP today revealed its plans for an open source data portability platform any online service can join.Incumbent tech giants maintain a huge advantage in popularizing new functionality because they instantly interoperate with a user’s existing data rather than making them start from scratch.Creating an industry standard for data portability could force companies to compete on utility instead of…

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Europe’s giant Google fine is too little, too late

“These force phone makers to bundle 11 Google apps, including Google search, Chrome, YouTube, Gmail, and Google Maps” writes Jul Edt for theverge.com. Google will now be forced to unbundle its Chrome browser and Google search apps from Android, meaning phone makers won’t have to ship Android phones with these apps preinstalled.Of the 11 apps Android phone makers have to preinstall, the EU is specifically worried about two: Google search and the Chrome browser. Source: theverge.com Share This:

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The Productivity Booster You Have in Your Pocket, But Probably Don’t Use

“Nine years on, more apps, better apps, a coordinated app ecosystem and ever-increasing processing power have addressed many of these performance deficiencies” reports hbr.org. At its simplest, an IA will merely launch the app (“Siri, launch Photos”).Siri has been around since iPhone 3 (2009) but it’s never quite cut it as a credible time saver or productivity enhancer. Source: hbr.org Share This:

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Google does it best, and the EU ruling won’t change that

“The cold reality for the EU is that most Android users prefer Google search, Google apps, and the Google ecosystem” writes Tristan Rayner for androidauthority.com. However, the overall demands won’t change Android as we know it, even if  Google can’t successfully appeal the ruling.An appeal also almost certainly means Google won’t have to pay the fine or change Android until a final decision is reached. Source: androidauthority.com Share This:

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EU Hits Google With $5 Billion Fine for Breaking Antitrust Rules in Android Business

“For one, regulators claim that Google has required Android device manufacturers to pre-install the Chrome and Google Search apps to be able to license the Play Store app marketplace” writes Aaron Mak for slate.com. European Union regulators on Wednesday imposed a record-breaking 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) fine on Google for breaking antitrust rules by using its Android phone business to “cement its dominant position in general internet search.” The European Commission also ordered Google to end its illegal practices within 90 days or face additional fines.Lastly, regulators accused Google…

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EU slaps Google with record $5B fine for bundling its apps with Android

“The first is that Google has required manufacturers to preinstall the Google Search and Chrome apps on their devices as a condition of accessing the Play Store” writes Kyt Dotson for siliconangle.com. As part of today’s decision, Google has been ordered to halt the offending business practices and unbundle its apps from Android.According to the EU, the company has made partners’ access to Android contingent on several contractual terms that hurt rival search providers and other competitors.According to regulators, the company prevented manufacturers that sought to preinstall its apps from…

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EU slaps Google with $5 billion fine, says Android violated antitrust laws

“In order to put the Google Play Store on their devices, though, those manufacturers also have to include the Google Search app and Google Chrome, which of course uses Google Search by default” reports slashgear.com. Google, the commission complains, offers its first-party Android apps to device manufacturers in a bundle.In regards to the restrictions Google places on Android manufacturers, Pichai says these are “simple rules that ensure technical compatibility” and, in fact, give all Android devices the ability to run the same applications. Source: slashgear.com Share This:

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The EU just fined Google £3.9 billion. Why? And what does it mean?

“And, not only that, but it also paid mobile vendors and networks to preload the Google Search app on devices” writes Dan Grabham for pocket-lint.com. Namely, that Android comes preloaded with certain Google apps.Indeed, the EC alleges that Google did some bad stuff around the Google Search app in particular to “cement its dominant position” in search on Android devices as well. Source: pocket-lint.com Share This:

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Europe penalizes Google with a record $5B antitrust fine for the way it bundles its apps on Android smartphones and tablets

“For Google, bundling its apps offers the tech giant a way to derive data from smartphone users while serving them lucrative ads” writes Tony Romm for sun-sentinel.com. European regulators on Wednesday fined Google a record $5 billion and ordered changes that could affect which Google-owned apps appear on smartphones and tablets running its Android mobile operating system.Vestager first outlined competition complaints with Android, the most widely adopted mobile operating system in the world, roughly two years ago. Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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