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This is a precedent: developers have been exempted from the 30 percent commission on the App Store and Google Play. South Korea became the first country

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As expected, the South Korean legislature passed a new law on Tuesday that exempts iOS and Android mobile app developers from a 30 percent tax on the App Store and Google Play, as well as from in-app transaction fees. The law is expected to be signed by President Moon Jae-in in the near future.

The aforementioned app stores around the world charge developers 30% for every in-app transaction a user makes, although Apple and Google cut their fees to 15% last year for low-income developers.

Some of the biggest opponents of app store grossing have been Epic Games, maker of the popular video game Fortnite, and Spotify, which competes directly with Apple and Google’s music offerings. Epic unveiled its own payment system last year, violating Apple and Google policies, so Fortnite was removed from app stores. Epic is suing the two companies in separate lawsuits that are still ongoing.

On Twitter, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney called South Korea’s law “a milestone in the 45-year history of personal computers,” noting that the country “rejected monopolies in digital commerce and recognized open platform rights.”

Apple said the law would expose users to “the risk of fraud, undermine their privacy protections, make it difficult to manage purchases,” and undermine parental controls on its platform. The company said it has 482,000 registered developers in South Korea and has earned more than $ 7.3 billion on its platform to date. Google said the commission “lowers device costs for consumers and enables both platforms and developers to achieve financial success.”

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Smart watches Xiaomi Watch Color 2 received GPS, NFC and support for many third-party applications

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Xiaomi has published another teaser dedicated to the Watch Color 2 smartwatch. The new image suggests that the watch will receive support for many third-party applications that users can install on their own. According to the official description, Watch Color 2 will be able not only to provide navigation and monitor vital signs during training, but also “identify constellations, manage accounts and explore menus“. All this – just with the help of third-party applications.

The mention of navigation indicates the presence of a GPS receiver in the device, and the AliPay icon indicates NFC support. Also, the device is assigned an AMOLED screen with a diameter of 1.39 inches. Xiaomi has already announced that the watch will support 117 training modes, and will also receive more than 200 themes for the main screen. There is no doubt about the presence of a heart rate sensor and a pulse oximeter. Recall that the official premiere of Xiaomi Watch Color 2 will take place tomorrow.

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Xiaomi 12 will be the first flagship with Snapdragon 898 and MIUI 13, but will only be released next year

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Xiaomi 12 is, of course, the expected smartphone: it should be one of the first on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 898 single-chip platform.However, there is no specifics about the timing of its debut: earlier rumors said that Xiaomi 12 will be released this year, and it was said about the November announcement … However, the source believes that Xiaomi will stick to a more conservative timeline – the debut of the new product will take place in the first quarter of 2022. Most likely in January.

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Xiaomi has promised to present MIUI 13 based on Android 12 by the end of this year, and Xiaomi 12 will indeed become the first flagship with the new firmware, but the announcements of the firmware and the smartphone will be separated in time. Xiaomi 12 is also credited with the latest generation Samsung E5 Super AMOLED screen with a frame rate of 120 Hz, the main camera with three 50-megapixel sensors (Samsung GN5 in the main module, Sony IMX766 in the ultra-wide-angle lens module, and the third module will provide 5x optical zoom) , 5000mAh battery with support for 120W wired charging and 50W wireless charging, IP68 protection.

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Honda to start installing Android on on-board computers in cars starting next year

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Honda Motor has partnered with Google to begin installing Android on the on-board computers of major car models sold around the world next year. Users will be able to navigate, play music records, voice control and other features – all without using a smartphone.

Google’s Android Automotive system, introduced in 2015, has the same basic design as the Android operating system for smartphones. Volvo Cars tried it first (the illustration shows a Volvo car), followed by other automakers, including General Motors. Nissan Motor was the first among Japanese companies. Honda will be second.

Honda has a history of using Android Auto, a technology that makes it easier to use Android smartphones in cars. But Android Auto relies on a smartphone for navigation and other features. In the case of Android Automotive, a smartphone is not needed. Google Voice Control can be used to control air conditioning and other functions that are not directly related to driving and are therefore safe.

The operating system will also be installed on electric vehicles. It will allow you to find compatible charging stations, get directions to them and optimize the temperature of the battery when you arrive to charge, to reduce the time required for charging.

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