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Apple Music 3.4 beta brings iOS 14 changes to Android and hints at Apple One subscription bundle

With iOS 14 expected to launch at the end of this month, that of course means that Apple will be updating its suite of first-party iOS applications. The company also maintains some of its apps on Google's Android, too, including Apple Music. In the newest Apple Music v3.4 beta for Android, Apple has introduced new...

Google, Apple introduce Exposure Notifications Express to boost participation in COVID-19 contact tracing

Exposure Notifications System is a framework developed jointly by Google and Apple that consists of an iOS and Android API and a Bluetooth Low Energy spec with the goal being to empower public health agencies to develop power-efficient and secure COVID-19 contact tracing apps. Introduced a few months back, ENS is designed to allow you...

[Update: Apple restrained] Epic alleges Apple is threatening to cut off iOS support from Unreal Engine, while Microsoft endorses Epic’s motion

Epic recently decided to challenge the distribution monopolies of both Apple and Google when it recently incorporated its own direct payment system into the popular game Fortnite. This brazen challenge was bound to have repercussions, and Epic was all prepared for it. Both Apple and Google promptly removed Fortnite from the App Store and Play...

Apple, Garmin, and Huawei continue to top the smartwatch market in 2020

Despite a global economic downtown due to COVID-19, smartwatch sales have seen a healthy rise in revenue over the last few months. According to market research firm Counterpoint Research, Apple, Garmin, and Huawei wearables comprised nearly 70% of the total smartwatch market revenue in the first six months of 2020. The Apple Watch continues to...

[Update 4: Epic Sues Google] Fortnite bypasses Google Play, Apple App Store fees with direct payments

Epic Games on Thursday announced the Fortnite Mega Drop, a permanent discount on V-bucks and other purchases of up to 20% off. The developer said these changes are permanent and available on every platform where you can download Fortnite. The bigger news, however, is the fact that Epic Games has introduced direct payments on mobile. The...

Apple blocks Microsoft xCloud and Google Stadia from the App Store, leaving Android as the only mobile OS for cloud gaming

Microsoft is scheduled to launch its xCloud game streaming service on September 15th and the company has already released a partial list of titles that will be supported at launch. Much like NVIDIA's GeForce NOW cloud gaming service, xCloud will let users enjoy a wide variety of Xbox and PC games on their smartphones and...

[Update: Now Down] Apple acquires Dark Sky and will shut down the weather app for Android and Wear OS

Apple has always been about improving its own ecosystem and growing and improving its "walled garden," but one app from this ecosystem that has not seen a major overhaul in quite some time is its own Weather app. It has not received one since iOS 7 was first released, in fact --- and that was...

Google and Apple announce new privacy and functional improvements to their COVID-19 contact tracing API

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our habits have changed drastically. Social distancing is now the norm because of the sheer amount of asymptomatic people carrying the virus. Knowing who has tested positive and who came into contact with those persons is essential to containing the spread of the virus, and that's why Google...

Samsung and Apple are considering no longer bundling a charger in smartphone boxes

As far back as we can recall, smartphones have always come with a charger included in the box. In the very early days, manufacturers adopted proprietary pins unique to their product. Phones and smartphones were also just making the climb towards popularity, being nowhere near their current omnipresent state. It was necessary back then to...

Apple Music for Android gets gapless playback and Android Auto enhancements

While it may not be a favorite for diehard Android fans, Apple Music is certainly popular in the music streaming space. According to a research firm, it was estimated that Apple Music is just behind Spotify in market share. Clearly, there are Android users who use Apple Music, and the app just got updated with...

Google should adopt these iOS 14 features for the next Android OS

Apple just wrapped up WWDC 2020 in an online-only reveal, showing off some of the upcoming changes to Apple's ecosystem. The announcement centers around developers and the forthcoming software features they can take advantage of in Apple's product ecosystem, and it sets the center stage for the next iOS release: iOS 14. iOS 14 brings...

Apple will now take feedback from developers on App Store policies, something Google should also do

Apple held an online edition of its WWDC20 (Worldwide Developers Conference) event yesterday without any visitors. During the online event, executives from the company revealed everything new that will be coming to iOS, iPadOS, macOS, as well as the operating systems driving other hardware, including the Apple Watch and TV. Along with this, Apple also...