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Winners and losers of the week: Apple reveals confidence in iOS 15 and MWC 2021 disappoints


As all the time, earlier than I sort out the picks for winner and loser of the week, I’ll offer you a brush-up on a few of the most attention-grabbing happenings of the previous few days.

We all know extra in regards to the new One UI Watch

I am going to nonetheless tackle MWC 2021 intimately beneath, nevertheless, the present performed host to a extremely anticipated announcement for all wearable and Android ecosystem followers: Samsung lastly provided extra details about One UI Watch, the software program for wearable units that’s the results of a collaboration with Google.

It was clear that Samsung will transfer away from Tizen, its personal working system for wearables, to put money into what it referred to as “One UI Watch”. Among the many options of this software program signed by the duo Google/Samsung, we have now the set up of appropriate purposes between the cell phone and smartwatch occurring routinely. What occurs at present with the iPhone and Apple Watch, for instance.

The primary wearable system to run on the brand new One UI Watch needs to be the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, which will probably be introduced at Samsung’s upcoming Unpacked occasion.

Goodbye APK! Welcome, AAB?

Beginning in August, the Google Play Retailer will function a brand new app submission coverage. That is as a result of builders should submit apps within the new Android App Bundle (AAB) format, versus our good outdated APK (Android Package deal).

This information shook a bit the constructions of the developer group, as a result of the APK format is a part of Android since its launch and is already current within the every day lives of people that use Google’s working system for a while. For example, I can cite the tutorial on how you can obtain the Google Digicam in your cellphone, which shares the applying package deal – or APK – on the APK Mirror platform.

The change was introduced on the Android Builders weblog, and studies that “beginning in August 2021, Google Play would require new apps to be revealed within the Android App Bundle format.” In keeping with the publication, the brand new format brings advantages akin to decreased obtain sizes – AAB is 15% smaller than APK -, which ought to influence the expertise of individuals with the Android ecosystem, as a result of it requires much less cell reminiscence and guarantees quicker set up occasions.

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APK will give solution to AAB on Android beginning this August / © NextPit

The corporate mentioned that current apps within the Android retailer will be capable of maintain the APK format, however something submitted beginning in August should use AAB. Google emphasizes that “there are already greater than 1 million apps in manufacturing on this [new] package deal, together with many of the high 1000 apps and video games on Google Play, akin to Adobe, Duolingo, Gameloft, Netflix, redBus, Riafy, and Twitter.”

It is value mentioning that the brand new rule comes shortly after Microsoft’s announcement to deliver Android apps to the brand new Home windows 11 by way of Amazon’s App Retailer which, with out thriller, makes use of the APK format. Quickly, because of this to be on extra units, builders should roll over to supply their apps in at the very least two codecs.

5 years of safety updates assured by Samsung for…

Sure, Samsung made some noise this week! Along with introducing the brand new One UI Watch, the South Korean big introduced that it has joined the “Android Enterprise Beneficial” program. With this, some Galaxy telephones from the producer now obtain 5 years of safety updates. Nevertheless, there’s not a lot trigger for celebration right here, as solely units from the so-called “Enterprise Version” are lined by the extra assist.

In different phrases, solely strains devoted to professionals and companies are lined by this guarantee. This consists of flagships just like the Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy Be aware 20 and Galaxy S21; intermediates just like the Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A32; or “rugged” telephones just like the Galaxy XCover Professional.

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The Galaxy A52 Enterprise Version will function 5 years of assured safety updates / © NextPit

In March this yr, Samsung had already dedicated to delivery Android safety updates for its units for as much as 4 years. As well as, the producer additionally ensures as much as three main Android releases on its premium units. In different phrases, Samsung is a mom to its followers!

NextPit now has a month-to-month cell recreation overview

The top of June marked a starting right here at NextPit. As regulars on the channel, you might have seen that we have began a brand new sequence of recreation critiques for Android and iOS, proper? For the primary episode of this overview sequence, my colleague Antoine Engels selected Unmaze, “an interactive novel that revisits the parable of the Minotaur and cleverly performs with gentle and shadow”.

Apart from the sport’s plot being full of ethical questions and demanding fast choices from who’s enjoying, the gameplay explores the cell phone’s {hardware} in an virtually distinctive manner. If you do not know Unmaze but, right here is an invite to learn our overview of the sport of the month this Sunday morning!

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Unmaze: an interactive novel that revisits the parable of the Minotaur and cleverly performs with gentle and shadow / © Artwork / Ubian / HiverProd

Winner of the week: Apple’s confidence in its new working system

I confess that this week we needed to discover a winner amongst small highlights. Nevertheless, my colleague Rubens Eishima raised a wonderful level: the discharge of the general public beta of iOS 15 sooner than promised (even if just for just a few hours) reveals Apple’s confidence in its new working system. And Rubens is correct!

I am testing the iOS 15 because the launch of the developer beta and the system is admittedly secure. Yesterday, I up to date my iPhone 11 Professional Max to the newest model of the OS and it is virtually unbelievable to comprehend how straightforward Apple is to manage the working system itself. Which isn’t the case, sadly, with the Android 12 beta, which I am additionally testing on my Google Pixel 3, wherein there are crashes and malfunctions of banking apps, for instance.

What makes Apple’s launch a feat from my viewpoint is that the general public beta, because the identify already says, might be downloaded by anybody who has an iPhone current within the listing of appropriate units that, astound, brings the iPhone 6s mannequin, introduced in 2015. Truthfully, I might not advocate the identical for these focused on utilizing Android 12 in improvement stage. For that matter, neither would Google!

So, a software program improvement firm needs to be fairly assured to try this, proper?

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Apple deserves credit score for releasing the general public beta of iOS 15 / © Apple; Screenshot: NextPit

Loser of the week: the shortage of creativity at MWC 2021

When masking MWC 2021 on NextPit, my colleague Carsten Drees predicted: “this yr’s MWC will definitely be quieter than regular”.

Barring just a few exceptions, as within the case of Samsung and maybe the participation of the irreverent Elon Musk, the Barcelona tech truthful needn’t have occurred from a journalistic perspective. First, this yr’s version featured in-person occasions, however the overwhelming majority of firms and visitors opted for videoconferences or digital occasions. These have grow to be increasingly more frequent in these virtually 16 months of the pandemic.

Our staff determined to not attend the occasion in individual, as a result of though the brand new circumstances of an infection by Sars-CoV-2 are beneath management in Europe, Barcelona is a vacationer metropolis and an occasion just like the MWC brings collectively individuals from everywhere in the world, so the dangers of contamination are nonetheless excessive.

Nevertheless, the GSMA introduced that it anticipated to obtain a complete of as much as 30,000 guests on the present. Which we nonetheless do not know if it occurred and, after all, the group’s resolution to open the occasion to the general public goes by way of a monetary research about which I can not say now if it was value it or not.

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Samsung was once one of many firms that all the time impressed at MWC, however that hasn’t occurred for a very long time / © NextPit

Nevertheless, I can discuss in regards to the bulletins we noticed on the present this yr and, as anticipated, they weren’t many or loud. We not have the launch of huge flagships as previously, as Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, LG and firm not use the truthful for such. Greater than that, we already perceive that it’s potential to have a wonderful digital expertise in large reveals in 2021, however for that you just want technical assist and inventive concepts. What in truth the GSMA has not been capable of ship for a while.

As Joey Tribbiani would say: MWC 2021was abysmal!… and admittedly, whereas firms that set up giant occasions proceed to pressure the “return to normality”, who loses are governments, firms, media and customers. I want that in 2022 we have now extra innovation within the space of enormous reveals and festivals, and that digital entry is expanded and redefined.

And with the hope of a reinvention of the MWC and different festivals of the style (sure, CES, I am speaking to you) I shut one other version of the Winners and Losers column. Do you agree with the alternatives? Go away your opinion within the feedback and have an important week!


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