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LG V20 could be modular like the G5

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We already know the LG V20 will debut in San Francisco on September 6th. LG has also revealed some of the V10 successor’s features, like an always-on, ticker-tape display, a digital-to-analog converter chip that may give the phone impressive audio capabilities, and software based on Android 7.0 Nougat.

What remains elusive, however, is its appearance. Thankfully, we won’t have to imagine what it might look like as we await its arrival. Alleged renders of the next LG flagship have made their way to the internet courtesy of reliable tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer (@OnLeaks) and Android Authority.

And depending on whom you ask, this next bit of information may or may not be upsetting: The V20 could be similar to the G5, in that both phones are modular. Its bottom lip appears to be removable, and there’s a module release button on the side of the phone closely resembling that of LG’s current flagship. Equally notable are the pair of cameras on the rear panel and the absence of a dual-camera array up front.

LG v20 render

Is LG working on another modular smartphone?

Nothing about modularity has been confirmed at this point, and neither Hemmerstoffer or the publication has said the V20 is indeed following in the footsteps of its little brother. But if it is, then hopefully the execution is better than what we’ve seen so far.

After the G5 got a lukewarm reaction from critics and consumers alike, there’s a lot riding on the V20; LG needs a winner — now. With the phone launching in a few weeks, we won’t have to wait long to find out if the company struck gold this time.

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Source: Android Authority

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iPhone 14 series might be more expensive than iPhone 13

Because of the two Pro models

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For years, Apple has earned the unfortunate reputation of being one of the most expensive smartphone brands in the world. It’s hard to justify a new iPhone every year. If you’re still holding out hope for a cheaper iPhone, then you might want to find a new place to place your money on, especially after this latest report. Apple might be increasing the price of the iPhone 14 this year.

According to renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the average selling price for the iPhone 14 series will be around 15 percent higher than the iPhone 13 series. The series will reportedly have an average price between US$ 1,000 to US$ 1,050.

Thankfully, it’s not a sweeping increase. Kuo states that the increase in the average will come from price hikes for the iPhone 14 Pro duo.

It’s in line with what we know so far. Previous rumors have speculated that Apple is further delineating the Pro from the regular iPhone duos. A few months ago, Kuo also reported that the upcoming A16 chip will adorn only the two iPhone 14 Pro models.

Since the introduction of the four-model series, the iPhone has constantly tried to build two identities between its users. As the more premium duo packs in more features, it’s inevitable that prices will go up.

Naturally, an increase in price won’t likely equate to a positive in user satisfaction. If you’re on the fence and this report comes true, a more expensive iPhone this year might be enough to sway you over to other brands.

SEE ALSO: Only iPhone 14 Pro series will have A16 chip, report says

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South Korea investigating Apple and Google for app payments

In hot water

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Both Apple and Google are endlessly circulating in a maelstrom of controversy surrounding their respective app stores. Last year, app developers went up against the two giants for enforcing unfair payment systems against smaller developers. Since then, the issue has raged on. Now, South Korea is going after the two companies for the same problem.

As reported by Reuters, South Korean authorities, specifically the Korea Communications Commission, have decided to investigate Apple and Google for reportedly forcing developers into adopting payment systems inside App Store and Play Store.

Unfortunately, the report does not indicate what the companies exactly did to warrant an investigation. While one can easily cast it off as forcing the system unto others, it can also encompass a failure to meet the requirements on time. Google, for example, has stated that it has (and is still willing to) cooperate with authorities to resolve the issue.

Apple, on the other hand, has not commented on the issue.

Back in 2020, Fortnite, one of the most controversial instances of the issue, was expelled from the App Store and the Play Store for going against the margins demanded by Apple and Google. Since then, other apps, like Tinder, have also seesawed their way in and out of the issue.

SEE ALSO: Google is potentially banning Tinder from Play Store

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Practically no one is playing Netflix’s games, report says

Despite being free to play

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Recently, Netflix gambled big on the future of its platform. Besides cutting a plethora of titles in production, the platform introduced a gallery of mobile games for all of its subscribers. As the gaming library grew, it acquired impressive titles from the best of the mobile gaming world. However, despite Netflix’s efforts, only less than one percent of the platform’s subscribers are playing the games.

In a new app study (via CNBC), Netflix’s games average only 1.7 million users daily. Overall, the games have been downloaded 23.3 million times.

Though not an insignificant number, the figure is a tiny, tiny portion of Netflix’s main user base. For reference, Netflix currently has around 221 million subscribers. That’s less than one percent of Netflix subscribers playing their games.

Netflix’s gaming strategy is an ongoing experiment. While the company has eyed the industry for a while now, Netflix is facing deeper gravitas with making sure every endeavor succeeds. As of late, the platform has bled for subscribers, new and old.

For the first time in a while, Netflix has lost subscribers, marking the rise in popularity of other streaming platforms. It isn’t the only shark in the lake. Hulu, Disney+, and HBO Max are creating compelling cases for a switch.

That said, if you still pay for a Netflix subscribers, the gaming library comes with the price of admission. Besides inspired titles from its properties like Stranger Things, the library also comes with heavy hitters like Spiritfarer.

SEE ALSO: Netflix’s The Gray Man is getting its own cinematic universe

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