Apple has been fighting to keep Amazon from selling apps in its App Store, and while Apple is winning the fight, it may be losing the war. Amazon skirts around Apple’s rules by offering a “lite” version of its app for free on their website.
The problem with this approach is that people who download the free lite version are still part of the Amazon ecosystem and can’t buy other apps from outside sources like Google Play.
This means that if someone downloads the free lite version of an app from amazon, they will never visit another app store or visit other websites to shop for anything else ever again. In addition, content providers have expressed concern over how much control Amazon has over these customers’ experiences- this isn’t just about being
Amazon skirts App Store rules by releasing their own app store for
Amazon is reporting that its App Store for Android has generated over 7 billion dollars in revenues since launching in 2011, this despite the fact that Amazon does not allow for paid apps to be sold on their store- everything is free. It’s unclear how Amazon calculates these numbers but it appears they are including all purchases made through their app store on Android devices.
For example, if you buy a $5 app from Amazon on your phone and then remove the App Store and never access it again, that would not be considered a lost sale by Amazon because they didn’t get anything out of this purchase to begin with- its not like Apple who gets 30% of every transaction made through their app store.
Apple buys Dark to make sure they can keep up with the competition.
Apple has continued to purchase dark fiber in the past 2 years, enough to build a network nearly 20 times faster than Google’s. Apple is currently building this network around Cupertino, CA and other parts of the Bay Area where they know it will be used by employees the most.
The amount of data flowing through this network is expected to grow immensely in the coming years as Apple is now building content delivery networks around the world to deliver iCloud data and other services.
Apple has reached a settlement with HTC over patent infringements.
I can’t say I see this ending well for anyone- Apple wins, but Google wins even more so than before. With Huawei’s Nexus 6P and Motorola’s Nexus 6 out in the wild, Android has gone from a buggy-compromised mess to one of the most “stable” phones on the market.
I was really impressed by both devices and wonder how much more these companies would accomplish if they didn’t have to deal with Google weighing them down.
The iPhone X might be getting a new color option – gold!
What an incredibly stupid idea. Either this is fake or Apple is trying way too hard to appeal to people that want luxury items but can’t afford them- they are probably targeting the same kinds of customers who buy overpriced sports cars and watch reality TV shows about lottery winners.
Apple begins assembling iPhones in India, will save $38 million a year.
Apple is trying to get government approval for a fully owned retail store in India, something that was recently rejected due to potential “unauthorized” distribution of this new model iPhone- the only way Apple can sell it if they have an official presence on the ground.
This move could save Apple around $38 million a year at first but it will be interesting to see how long they can continue this without looking like they are forcing these new stores on India- something not even Amazon is willing to do.
iOS 10 update has limited functionality on older model phones.
This kind of pisses me off- I mean, Apple had all kinds of operating systems ready for different devices since the start but they chose to make it work on every device all the way back to the iPhone 4. This is just another example of how much Apple really does not care about older devices because now there are several problems with iOS 10 that will never be fixed.
I would urge anyone out there still using an iPhone 4 to upgrade as soon as possible to iOS 9.3.5, because I honestly believe Apple will not fix any issues with iOS 10 for your device and you’ll have a crappy system even if it works perfectly fine otherwise.
Microsoft Surface Phone may not come out until late 2017 according to new report .
This is an interesting rumor and I hope it will come to fruition. Microsoft has been behind the times ever since they acquired Nokia and this phone could be their one chance at shoring up a decent mobile presence if it has enough compelling features.
but I would advise against getting your hopes up too much- chances are this device will not exist because Microsoft has been getting rid of some of the best employees they have over there and I think it will be a long time before we see a device that can compete with Google or Apple.
Apple is working on Siri for MacOS, which will probably come out in 2020 or
This is probably the biggest rumor ever for MacOS- it will definitely take a while to build Siri so I don’t think this will be an instant thing by any means, but MacOS is already good enough on its own that I can’t see anyone switching even if Siri is available.
Apple will have some interesting things coming up, though, including a smaller iPhone that uses the same design as the current iPhones but is half their size.
For Android fans, I can’t see this being very different from what Google has with their Pixel phone- almost every hardware aspect of it is perfect for Apple’s new designs and features, so basically Steve Jobs might be rolling in his grave right now.
Samsung is planning to share some of its Bixby technology with third party apps in the future.
I am not surprised by this at all- Siri has always been pretty horrible on Android devices and it’s just another example of how Google needs to do more for their users if they want people to use their phones over an iPhone.
Google needs to improve their voice assistant and make it work with all kinds of apps- if they do this, I think everyone will be using an Android phone long before 2020.
9to5Mac Happy Hour 271 – what do you think about this week’s topics so far?”
This has been another great episode of 9to5Mac Happy Hour and I think the topics covered today were very interesting. Apple is definitely not finished with any of their products yet, but it’s nice to see them continue to try new things to stay on top.
Hopefully there will be more good news coming up soon about all kinds of upcoming products.
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