store google against the EU’s Android, Being fine is not something new to Google. One of the largest sanctions imposed on Google came from the European Union in 2018 by the antitrust inspector, Margrethe Vestager, alleging that Google was squandering its market power by promoting Android within the European Union. Google appealed this ruling to a smaller court in September, and though the amount was reduced, it is still liable for an unprecedented EUR4.1 billion. Google is pushing for a second petition to its union’s highest court.
Affirming its innocence against accusations that it compelled Android device makers to integrate its services, such as Internet search and its Chrome browser for the web, Google claimed that its operating system brought “more choice for everyone, not less,” noting that it assists businesses across the world, including Europe.
Google filed an appeal before the European Court of Justice to reverse the EUR2.4 billion penalty imposed on antitrust allegations regarding the Google Shopping product.
Vestager also serves in the EU Commission for Competition and Competition role and has been vocal in her criticism of Google and other tech companies operating in Europe. As Bloomberg notes, Vestager has issued fines of greater than EUR8 billion to Google while trying to counter Google’s influence in digital advertising.
Since the beginning of October of the year that was since October, the Federal Trade Commission has been looking into penalizing the company for claims of fraudulent Pixel 4 advertisements, and India has also sanctioned Google for unfair practices in connection with Android.
In addition, 44 European cost comparison sites have recently asked for the European Commission to take action against Google, claiming that Google’s Shopping service has a flawed auction system that overstates the price of goods and services for shoppers. This group of smaller players in the business also claimed they believe that Google is breaking laws governing Digital Markets Act, which was created specifically to protect Big Tech in check.
In the meantime, as a result of this decision, Google has had to amend its Android licensing agreements that allow device makers to sell their devices to users within the EEA with or without Google Play Store as well as its related products, Chrome or Google Search. Google has come up with a way to earn some cash from the process by conducting periodic auctions for alternative search engines on European devices that have Google Search pre-installed — something that has raised the feathers of one of its competitors, DuckDuckGo.
The Google Play Store’s most recent “update” is the biggest of any other.
If you’re considering upgrading your Android applications, you only need to look up Google Play Store. The store has experienced numerous changes as Android changed over time, including adopting an updated Material You design and a total overhaul of the user interface on Android tablets and Chromebooks. The Play Store app has received a subtle update in the sense of an aesthetic change to the appearance of the update button.
In the Material, You redesigned for the Play Store, and We swapped round buttons for pill-shaped buttons. As reported through 9to5Google, The buttons that update the individual applications (or all simultaneously) are larger than they were in the Pending downloads screen.
The bigger buttons appear to be spreading widely, but this is an issue with the server, which means you’ll have to wait for a while before you notice the UI change in your phone. We’ve seen the change on a majority of our phones, however, so your odds are likely to be good.
9to5Google also reported that it had been reported that Play Store has a new issue caused by the Safety section for data found in each app’s listing. This can cause the application to crash for a few users, but most are unaffected. It’s an issue specific to your device rather than an issue in your Google account, which means that the Play Store may be crashing on certain phones but normally work on others. It is possible to try an alternative device and visit the Google Play Store website to access the Data Safety section if you experience this problem.
There’s a high possibility that Android 14 will support a new file format.
The battle over formats is almost done — but this isn’t the one you’re thinking of. Android phone owners have connected external hard drives to transfer files in various ways as long as they’ve been able. However, if the drive were formatted differently than FAT32 or FAT32, you would likely be out of luck. At present, Google is helping Android bring back tablets and other larger devices that can be connected to external drives that use these complex formats. A large part of this comeback is getting over the NTFS hurdle.
In June, we wrote about the long and slow process that led to Pixel phones running Android 13 to support exFAT. The situation was even more complex because each of the manufacturers of Android (not Google, though) obtained support from Microsoft in the past when Microsoft was the sole owner of the format. When exFAT was released into the open source, it started the development process to incorporate support for the Linux kernel, the underlying Android kernel, and the later kernels for devices.
NTFS, which is also a Microsoft-pioneered format, has had a unique experience regarding Linux support. Our entry point is relatively current, though, since the capabilities to read and write in NTFS were added to version 5.15 of the kernel. Mishaal Rahman of Esper reported on an Android 13 kernel based on this version which came out in August.
There were some significant caveats that would prevent NTFS support from being enabled in future software updates or on new devices. The most important reason was that the volume daemon in Android’s storage mount service had to be updated to support NTFS — something that’s in the hands of Google.
As per Rahman, the positive news is that Google has recently developed and included a tool that fixes the most common NTFS issues. This could indicate that Google is working towards a complete NTFS support implementation. It is possible that all Android 13 devices, as well as all devices running a new Android version, will enjoy this feature. Stay high if you have an Android 13 phone; however, Google is the only OEM that will make an effort to upgrade the Linux base of its kernels for devices. In short, we may be in line for NTFS support for every Android 14 device If Google keeps up its momentum.
If this kind of thing causes you to shiver, you should be aware of another format for files, read-only, which Android has been eager to get OEMs to join.