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Android Smartphones May Become More Expensive As Google Clashes With EU



Android Smartphones May Become More Expensive As Google Clashes With EU 1


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.
Android Smartphones May Become More Expensive As Google Clashes With EU 2


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.
Android Smartphones May Become More Expensive As Google Clashes With EU 3
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
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]


Vulnerability in RCS messaging could compromise your bank details




German security company SRLabs has recently discovered a serious security breach that could replace SMS. According to their findings, the RCS protocol has a vulnerability that allows your data to be intercepted.

Hackers could exploit this vulnerability locally or remotely. Among the information they can intercept, we have unique codes that are sent by message in two-factor authentication systems.

One of the applications of these unique codes is in the authorization of bank transactions. This means that in extreme cases your bank details could be compromised due to this vulnerability.


Android messaging should improve your domain verification system

As SRLabs points out, the most popular application supporting RCS technology is currently Android Messaging. According to its findings, this application does not properly verify domains.

This means that miscreants can spoof caller ID or DNS. Something that could mislead users and provide information they shouldn’t.

Coincidentally or not, Google revealed this week that it will accredit message senders in your app. The idea is for companies to register their contact numbers with Google so that they can validate them when communicating with users. A measure that will certainly reduce the impact of this vulnerability.

What is RCS and its differences from SMS

The acronym RCS stands for Rich Communication Service. Briefly, this protocol allows messages to be sent over the internet. The SMS protocol uses cellular networks to send messages.

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Vivo S5 will have a very peculiar triple rear camera, reveals official image



Vivo S5 will have a very peculiar triple rear camera, reveals official image 6

We are just a week from the official presentation of Vivo S5, the next mid-range smartphone to be launched by the brand. Now, an official image published on the Chinese social network Weibo, has confirmed several details about the design of this smartphone.

According to the picture, the Vivo S5 will come with a rear ‘quad-chamber’, centred on the rear panel with a diamond shaped module. In addition, it will come with a small punch-hole in its screen, where the front camera will be embedded.


Vivo S5 has confirmed design on the official poster

In the diamond-shaped module, three of its four cameras are integrated, and the LED flash. The fourth chamber is positioned immediately below the ‘protrusion’.

In the front panel, we can confirm that you will not have a notch on the screen by choosing a small punch-hole in the upper right corner, where your front camera will be embedded.

Although visible, their margins appear to be quite thin, ensuring an immersive user experience. In addition, an AMOLED screen is confirmed as an on-screen fingerprint reader is present.

Alleged Vivo S5 Specifications

Although not officially confirmed by the manufacturer, certification of the smartphone at TENAA agency eventually revealed the main details about its hardware.

  • 6.44 “inch AMOLED display with Full HD + resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 Processor
  • Up to 8GB of RAM
  • Up to 256GB of internal memory
  • Four rear cameras: 48MP + 8MP (ultra wide-angle) + 5MP (depth) + 2MP (macro)
  • 32-megapixel front camera
  • 4,010mAh battery
  • Android 9 (not confirmed)

Regarding its price, there is no information yet. Still, it is expected to arrive at a competitive price, which could possibly be around € 250.

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