Google forced OnePlus to decimate a Fortnite launcher deal, claims Epic Games

Image: OnePlus Epic Games sued Google over pulling Fortnite from the Google Play Store Thursday evening, following a similar lawsuit against Apple. We might have expected that. What we didn’t expect: Epic claims that Google forced phone manufacturer OnePlus to break off a deal that would have seen a special Fortnite launcher preinstalled on OnePlus phones — and demanded that another Android phonemaker, LG, abandon any plans to do the same. With OnePlus, Epic claims that Google “forced OnePlus to renege on the deal” after Google expressed ‘concern’ about Epic’s ability to bypass the Play Store. Epic also alleges that the original deal between Epic and OnePlus would have made… Read More

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Fortnite maker Epic Games just set an antitrust trap for Apple, and Tim Cook walked right into it (AAPL)

Apple on Thursday removed the popular game Fortnite from its App Store, and in doing so, fell right into the trap set by Fortnite’s maker, Epic Games. Epic set its snare by intentionally breaking one of Apple’s rules, offering Fortnite players an alternative way to pay for its virtual currency than through the App Store. Apple’s response of banning Fortnite is likely to help Epic win public relations battle — and served as a case in point for the lawsuit it immediately filed charging the iPhone maker with anticompetitive behavior. The way Apple runs the App Store has come under increasing scrutiny, but Epic’s suit, which lays out a damning… Read More

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Samsung’s most affordable 5G phone, the Galaxy A51, is now available on Verizon

Image: Verizon Samsung’s affordable midrange 5G phone, the Galaxy A51, is finally available at Verizon. Compared to other phones released within the past year, the $550 Galaxy A51 5G UW is one of the more affordable 5G phones right now: $900 cheaper than the (discontinued) Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip originally cost, $250 less than the OnePlus 8 5G UW, and $100 cheaper than the Galaxy A71 5G UW. The new Galaxy A51 5G UW comes in just one color, “Prism Bricks Blue,” which is basically a slightly pearlescent blue. Compared to the Galaxy A71 5G UW, the A51 5G UW has the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor and 128GB of… Read More

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Epic Games is suing Google over its decision to boot ‘Fortnite’ from the Play Store

Epic Games, developer of the popular video game ‘Fortnite,’ filed a lawsuit Thursday against Google, claiming its app store policies are anticompetitive. Google kicked ‘Fortnite’ out of its Play Store after Epic bypassed its ban on in-app purchases that don’t use Google’s own payment systems. Epic and other app developers have argued that the policy constitutes monopolistic behavior by unfairly advantaging Google. Epic also filed a lawsuit against Apple earlier on Thursday over its decision to boot ‘Fortnite’ from the company’s App Store on similar grounds. Both companies’ dominance in mobile app marketplaces has fueled antitrust concerns among lawmakers and regulators. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Join the… Read More

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