Winners and losers of the week: Google sacrifices commissions, BigTech opposes new antitrust bill
As another week draws to a close, it’s time to take a quick look at who we think are the winners and losers of the week. Unlike last week, NextPit’s editorial team had a (fairly) long conversation to decide our choices this week. In the end, Google made the cut as the winner, while BigTech companies (which also include Google) found themselves in the losing corner. This week we also have a special winner from the NextPit community for participating (and winning) in our photo contest!
But first, let’s take a quick look at some of this week’s other big developments, right?
Apple and Samsung leaks
Samsung never fails to stay in the shadows and this week was no exception. This week, we saw what could be the very first images of the company’s 2021 foldable lineup. The devices that Leaks include Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 23. From the renderings, it looks like these two devices would only see incremental updates compared to their existing brethren. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 could be thinner than the Fold 2 – while the Galaxy Z Flip 3 boasts an interesting two-tone design.
At Samsung, this week also saw the First renderings of the company’s upcoming Galaxy Watch Active 4 to run away. Next, we got more information on Samsung’s next-gen Galaxy S handsets – the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus, likely with true telephoto lenses. Oh, and let’s not forget, the Korean company has also announced a new mid-range handset – the Galaxy M32 in India – with chances of a wider launch in the coming months.
Moving on to Apple, while we know the company will be announcing its next-gen iPhone models in just two months, there is already talk of models arriving next year – in 2022. The (likely) iPhone models 14 can be available in two display sizes – 6.1 “and 6.7”, and there must be four models in total. Moreover, the rumors give the impression that Apple is phasing out the iPhone Mini series starting next year. Let’s see how this one unfolds. Also with the news related to the iPhone, this week also saw four new dummy iPhone models appear in a leak claiming to be iPhone 13 models.
Winner of the week: Google for agreeing to reduce the Play Store commission for certain apps
Google – and BigTech companies, in general, have always been vilified for their monopolistic behavior. While we’ll cover that in this week’s Losers section, this time around Google has made a gesture that has been appreciated by many.
The company, on June 23, announced the launch of the Play Media Experience program, which basically helps developers deliver a great user experience on Android apps that work on multiple products in the Google ecosystem, including Android Auto, Google TV, and Wear OS.
While not all apps are eligible for this program, those that get a huge service fee waiver from Google, instead of the normal 30% discount Google takes away from developers, apps that are part of it. of the Play Media Experience program will only distribute half of that amount to Google.
Loser of the week: BigTech companies for opposing antitrust regulations nee in the United States
We might hate to admit it, but there’s no denying that what’s happening in the United States has its repercussions on the rest of the (tech) world. This week, US lawmakers announce five new invoices this could have a negative impact on the dominance of monopolies like Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple.
These bills, according to reports, will eventually impose several restrictions on many of the monopoly tactics these companies are known for. This ranges from things like acquiring competitors, promoting own-branded products (or services) on their own platform over products from other sellers (remember AmazonBasics?) Data from Android to iPhone), and so on.
The reaction of the big bosses of these companies was unanimous. Apple’s Tim Cook has reportedly called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress to push back the bills while other senior executives have made public statements about the unfavorable nature of the bills. There is still time for these bills to pass and they must be voted on by a committee before they are even passed and made into law. Do you think these bills would succeed in their current state?
Special winner of the week: CF member of the NextPit community for winning the NextPit photo contest!
In case you didn’t know, NextPit held a photo contest in May, the results of which were announced this week. Our winning photo came from our member of the German community, CF. Entitled “After the Rain”, who believe it or not, captured the photo using an iPhone 8! This once again highlights the fact that taking a great photo doesn’t necessarily require the latest and greatest equipment! Find out more about our photo competition in the dedicated article here.
Do you agree with our picks for winners and losers this week?