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Android Smartphones May Become More Expensive As Google Clashes With EU

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If there’s one thing I hate about the European Union, It’s the way
they keep coming up with irrelevant policies every now and then.
 
 
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I can still understand the fact
that Android is one of the most widely used mobile operating system on the
market, hence, it is subject to scrutiny and constant assessment by regulators
from the countries where it is present. However, now according to the latest
reports, Google will charge $40 per device for Android. 
 
This is coming as a result of a
fine imposed on Google by the European union. In case you don’t know what
happened, in July the European Commission fined the tech giant Google because
they felt the company took advantage of Android’s market leadership to force
distribution of the search application and Chrome on the various smartphones
manufacturers. In exchange, Google provided these companies with a license to
access the Play Store at no cost.
 
 
The European Commission
allegedly considered this anti-competitive, because, it “denied rivals the
chance to innovate and compete on merits.” Although it is appealing the fine,
the tech giant Google decided to change its licensing rules to comply with the
determinations of the European authorities.
 
 
This is where the issue of
license collection appears. Android itself, when treated solely as an operating
system, has open source and zero cost as long as there is no Google app in pre-installation.
But to make it minimally usable to the user, you need to include applications
and services. But these tools are not free or open source, hence, it is
necessary to license them.
 
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Before the fine, the
manufacturer who wanted to insert a Google application into their device (for
example, the search engine) could do so if it installed everything else like
Chrome, Maps, To Do, among many others. In return, there was no charge for
licensing.
 
 
 
But that was not the only rule,
as the tech giant, Google allowed the installation of competing applications.
If a manufacturer wanted to distribute the Bing app, for example, it would have
to position the Google search engine on the Android home screen. This is what
the European Commission has played, essentially.
 
As a precaution, the tech giant
Google is treating the matter with secrecy, but the documents obtained by The
Verge indicate that this licensing scheme will be kept optional. If a
manufacturer wants to install Google applications but does not follow the
conditions of the company, it can do so, but paying for licensing.
 
If companies end up paying for licence for Google products expect
the price of each phone released by smartphone companies to go up a bit. Unless
Google decides to restrict the law to Europe else you’ll be paying more for an
Android phone soon.
 

Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst. Email - [email protected]

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Tecno Phantom 9 is on its way

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Just in case you still haven’t heard, Tecno Mobile posted a teaser of their next addition to the phantom series. This was posted on their Facebook page about last week Tuesday.

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The phantom series is considered to be Tecno’s top innovations, their flagship lineup. Always incorporated with the best hardware & features from the Chinese company. The phantom 9 seems to be following the same sequence.

From the teaser, we supposedly got a few hints (not sure if this is the right word) of what to expect before it is finally revealed. And it has a couple of impressive specs I’d say.

Here are the following specifications from the teaser;

• 6.4 inch Full view AMOLED display

• Android 9 – the latest android version

• In-display Fingerprint sensor

• 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM

• AI triple camera with dual front flashlight

• 3500mAh battery

I think Tecno needs to be reminded of what a teaser mean, because at this point, you’ll have to wonder how this is a teaser. Permit me to called it a spoiler instead.

What else do they have in store? They literally listed every spec we care about in a smartphone today. Well, only time will tell.

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iPhone 11 – Is there anything left to announce?

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It is still months before Apple unveil their next iPhone, but that has not done enough to avert the ton of leaks online.

The release for the iPhone 11 is set for September this year. Apart from the aesthetics and designs, not much is known about its specifications.

Although there have also been rumors of the iPhone 11 spec sheet, history has severally proven those type of speculations to be unreliable.

Here are the leaked photos. What do you think?

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