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Google Pays Samsung $8 Billions to Keep Galaxy Users Locked in Its Ecosystem

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Epic Games Inc. testified that Google had agreed to pay Samsung Electronics Co. $8 billion over the course of four years to set its search engine, voice assistance, and Play Store as the company’s default apps on its mobile devices. Under cross-examination from an Epic attorney on Monday during the San Francisco trial, Google Vice President of Partnerships James Kolotouros revealed that the company came up with the scheme to split App Store profits with manufacturers of Android smartphones so that their products would ship with Google Play pre-installed on the home screen.

Big G’s App Store allegedly breaks antitrust rules, as per Epic, the company behind the will not game Fortnite. The agreement with Samsung was showcased by an Epic attorney as an illustration of Google’s four-year-old agreements with manufacturers of Android-powered smartphones. As per Kolotouros’ evidence, Google Play makes at least half of its money from Samsung headsets. In an attempt to discredit third-party app shops, which Epic projected in a previous test would cost Google $12 million in operational profit in 2021, Epic is attempting to demonstrate that management at the Alphabet Inc. company was keen to hinder their spread.

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Including the customary 30% revenue share the corporation collects from app developers, more than a billion was invested from sales. Google has suggested investing $2.9 billion in 2020 to ensure that search, play, and other critical apps are available on devices for partners that are not Samsung, such as non-Android OEMs and cellular carriers. As a part of this, the makers will receive some cash from Google Play and Search ad sales, this is called RSA 3.0. Samsung would be able to supply its own payment or billing, while Google promised to pay Samsung $200 million over four years in 2019 in exchange for the Galaxy Store app marketplace being accessible through the Google Play Store instead of being pre-installed.

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Google workers were worried that Google Play earnings were in jeopardy when Android phone manufacturers started creating their own app stores and payment systems, as per internal emails that Epic’s attorneys questioned Kolotouros about. One email states that Amazon was viewed as a potential danger. Coworker Colotouros emailed in 2014, “I’m concerned that the Amazon Store (200K apps and growing) is gaining a foothold in the Android world.” In order to prevent its search engine and applications from being neglected on mobile devices, Google proposed in another internal presentation from 2019 to provide a portion of Google Play revenue to manufacturers of mobile devices other than Samsung.

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Kolotouros stated that Google and Samsung never came to a consensus that would have stopped Samsung from putting its Galaxy Store on device home screens when questioned by Google attorney Glenn Pomerantz. To him, the arrangement is intended to keep customers from moving from Samsung Android phones to iPhones made by Apple. This supports Google’s arguments that agreements and regulations with developers and device manufacturers are justifiable attempts to promote competition. Attorneys for Google revealed an email sent in July 2019 by Jamie Rosenberg, a consultant who formerly oversaw Android and Google Play operations, stating that his team was pausing Project Banyan. An incentive dynamic where shoppings would compete with one another was formed following the email.

Additionally, manufacturers are required to pre-install Google applications and are prohibited from including rival ones on devices in the “RSA 3.0 Premier tier” of handsets, which are eligible for full revenue share. You may preload rival app stores, though, if you are not on the tier.

Thanks to “Bloomberg


Aastha is a Author of Samlover.com. With a degree in Engineering with IT, Aastha is deeply immersed in the realm of technology. Specializing in Android and Hardware. She is Passionate about technology at the service of digital entertainment that can be used through any platform. Music, movies and video games have always taken up a good part of his free time, but he doesn't give up outdoor activities, from simple walks to cycling and skiing. He has been producing editorial content for SamLover since 2022 and has run a computer and telephony store for 3 decades.

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Samsung Galaxy S25’s advanced AI novelties could boost its price

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Samsung started working on the Galaxy S25 series, which is supposed to be launched early next year. This forthcoming device is expected to be priced higher as compared to its predecessor. 

Samsung will expand its high-end S series by introducing a next-gen smartphone series named the Galaxy S25. It’s too early to discuss the Galaxy S25, but leaks and rumors are doing their jobs by offering more details about the upcoming Galaxy S25. This upcoming device is expected to cost more than the current S-series devices. 

The reason behind this report appears to be that a Galaxy S25 will be more expensive than a Galaxy S24 due to its higher manufacturing costs. The US chip designer Qualcomm could push the upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 into production in the second half of the year. This latest chipset is expected to boost AI processing. 

Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will be a truly advanced chip, but its high-end tech advancements might lead to higher costs, which could translate into a price hike for the upcoming Galaxy S25. The report suggested that, according to a recent prediction from industry watcher Ming-Chi Kuo, Qualcomm might increase the cost of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 by 25–30% compared to the Gen 3 solution. 

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 will be manufactured on the 3nm N3E process by TSMC; it’s the same technique used to build Apple’s A18 Pro chip. This shift will supposedly cause the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 to be 25–30% more expensive than its predecessor. Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 costs around $190–$200; by this metric, the upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 might cost $260. 

However, Samsung could deal with the higher expenses of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 for the Galaxy S25 by absorbing the cost or reducing the quality in other areas, such as the battery or display, but this could be risky, such as switching to its in-house Exynos 2500 chip. The upcoming chipset will be fabricated from TSMC’s most advanced process and should bring performance gains to the CPU, GPU, and NPU (AI processing).

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Samsung Galaxy S21 series is receiving June 2024 security update in Europe 

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We are in the middle of the month, and Samsung is rolling out this month’s June 2024 security patch for Galaxy S21 smartphones in the European market. 

Samsung Galaxy S21 series, which includes three models – Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra, is receiving a new June 2024 security patch in Europe. The brand has already rolled out this update for the Galaxy S21 smartphone in the US on the Verizon network. The update for the European market has arrived with its specific firmware version, as mentioned here – 

  • Galaxy S21 – G991BXXSBGXED
  • Galaxy S21+ – G996BXXSBGXED
  • Galaxy S21 Ultra – G998BXXSBGXED

Samsung’s June 2024 security update fixed all the bugs and known issues that were housed in the previous version and were creating some inconvenience while performing a few functions. Since all the bugs were fixed with the update, it will surely enhance the overall system software. 

The June 2024 security patch fixes 59 security vulnerabilities to upgrade the security and privacy of the device. It also boosts the overall system performance, security, reliability, and stability of the device to deliver a seamless and flawless performance. 

The Galaxy S21 users currently receding in Europe are eligible to download the update. Interested users can easily download the update by just following simple steps – Go to Settings >> Software Update >> Download and install.   

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Samsung released June 2024 security patch for Galaxy Fold 5, Flip 5, Fold 4, Flip 4, Fold 3 & Flip 3 

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The Korean brand Samsung is releasing a June 2024 security patch for several Galaxy foldable devices. 

A bunch of Galaxy foldable devices include Galaxy Z Fold 5, Galaxy Z Flip 5, Galaxy Z Fold 4, Galaxy Z Flip 4, Galaxy Z Fold 3, and Galaxy Z Flip 3. All of these devices are receiving the update in the US on the Verizon network. Each of the devices getting this new update with their identification firmware version as mentioned below –

  • Galaxy Z Fold 5 – F946USQS3CXE9
  • Galaxy Z Flip 5 – F731USQS3CXE9
  • Galaxy Z Fold 4 – F936USQS5FXF1
  • Galaxy Z Flip 4 – F721USQS5FXF1
  • Galaxy Z Fold 3 – F926USQS6IXF2
  • Galaxy Z Flip 3 – F711USQS7IXF2 

Samsung has already released the June 2024 security patch for several devices. However, this update does not bring any significant upgrades or notable changes; it fixes all the bugs and known issues. The update fixes all the security vulnerabilities, which will enhance the overall security and privacy of these devices. 

The update brings approximately 60 patches to fix multiple vulnerabilities. More particularly, Google has offered 37 patches to be applied to the Android OS. This June 2024 security patch boosts the stability, reliability, and overall system software of the devices mentioned above. 

If you own any of the devices mentioned above, you can easily download this latest security patch in three steps: Go to Settings >> Software Update >> Download and install.

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