WordPress is the most widely used content management system across the globe. The software is open-source and managed by Automattic. It’s founder and CEO, Matt Mullenweg, has revealed that Apple forced the company to opt for in-app purchases. If the company did not comply, Apple would block updates to the app via the App Store.
Currently, you can choose a premium plan to use WordPress.com, a streamlined blogging platform that is now popularly used for making any type of website. Apple wanted this revenue channel to be linked with its in-app purchasing module. Essentially, this would mean Apple can collect its 30 percent cut for every purchase made via the app.
Automattic had no choice but to comply with Apple’s condition. The revelation comes amid rising scrutiny about Apple’s antitrust practices. The Cupertino giant is already up in arms against Fortnite developer Epic Games, who’s developer access to App Store has been curtailed for bypassing in-app purchases.
Heads up on why @WordPressiOS updates have been absent… we were locked by App Store. To be able to ship updates and bug fixes again we had to commit to support in-app purchases for .com plans. I know why this is problematic, open to suggestions. Allow others IAP? New name?
— Matt Mullenweg (@photomatt) August 21, 2020
The presence of in-app purchases in the WordPress app would allow Apple to take up to a 30 percent cut of all revenue that the app generates using the in-app purchases. Smaller developers are increasingly tired of Apple’s policy since it deprives them of a considerable chunk of revenue.
According to Matt, the Automattic team told Apple that they could block the support pages that talked about the paid plans in the iOS app; however, Apple rejected the offer. The team will not be fighting Apple’s decision.
But, when the big tech debate on misuse of power is raging, Apple sure looks like a villain hogging on revenues of smaller companies. The iPhone maker recently crossed a market cap of US$ 2 trillion, how can any company challenge a behemoth like that?
Next Android update is Android 12.1, not Android 13, rumor says
Just a minor update
One of the highlights of the year is a new Android update. Like clockwork, Google updates the biggest mobile operating system in the world. It’s gotten so popular that the entire industry speculates on the codename each update is attached with even if the company stopped doing them years ago. The hype is there. However, Android users might have to taper their expectations next year. Instead of Android 13, Google might launch Android 12.1 next year.
Reported by XDA Developers, the rumor speculates that next year’s Android update will just be a minor one of the upcoming Android 12 this year. According to one of the publication’s recognized developers, Google attached an “sc-v2” tag for the next Android update, instead of “T” for “Tiramisu,” the internal codename for Android 13. For those who still follow the internal codenames for Android, “sc” refers to Snow Cone, the internal codename for Android 12. As such, it’s natural to assume that the next update is just Android 12.1, rather than Android 13.
It’s been a while since Google released minor updates in lieu of major updates. However, it’s no surprise. Android 12 is already a big update, relative to the past few updates. The update features a revamped design called Material You. Google can believably improve the new update more before launching a major one.
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Google starts rolling out Material You apps
More coming this month
There is no one more excited for Google’s upcoming products than Google itself. Though the company hasn’t officially launched its products yet, Google has persistently teased everything in the weeks and months leading to their debuts. Now, the company is slowly rolling out Material You apps ahead of the Android 12 launch.
Material You refers to Android’s design revamp for the upcoming Android 12 update. An evolution of Google’s smooth Material Design, the new design personalizes the user interface and the phone’s apps according to the user’s preferences. Android 12 is all about customization.
Of course, since the update also affects apps, Google is also rolling out apps that reflect the new design. Despite the lack of Android 12, the new apps are coming out ahead of time. Officially announced by Google’s Workspace blog, Google Drive will start the new push with its rollout starting today. After Drive, Google Meet will come out on September 19, and Google Calendar will launch on September 20. Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets have already rolled out a week ago.
The new apps will feature new navigation bars, floating action buttons, and a new font called Google Sans. The new font will make readability easier for smaller font sizes.
Android 12 is set to launch soon. Additionally, Google is already launching teasers for the upcoming Pixel 6 series featuring the new, in-house Tensor chipset.
Spotify launches new recommendation feature, Enhance
Personalize per playlist
Adding new songs to your Spotify playlist can be quite a monumental task. Trying to grab songs from a recommended playlist might not always mix and match well with a personal playlist’s mood. Spotify is improving recommendations with an all-new feature rolling out today: Spotify Enhance.
Launching in several countries all over the world, Enhance will automatically add songs which fits a playlist’s mood. Users who have the feature can toggle the feature on every playlist. The recommended song will then pop up in the playlist’s songs. Likewise, users can toggle the feature off to get rid of the recommended songs.
However, rather than dumping the recommendations at the start or at the end of a playlist, Spotify will sprinkle them after every two songs, providing a healthy balance between old and new songs. The feature will add only 30 songs at a time.
Additionally, these songs aren’t officially added to the playlist yet. If a user finds a song they like, they can link a plus icon beside the song. Added songs will be in the playlist permanently.
The feature will come only to Premium subscribers. Likewise, not every country will have the feature at first. Spotify hopes to roll out the feature for more countries in the coming weeks and months.
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