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Nokia and ZEISS have broken up

It was mutual for both parties

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Camera companies have found homes within smartphones. For years, smartphone users have gotten used to partnerships with Hasselblad, Leica, and ZEISS. However, as the past year has shown, camera deals can evaporate in an instant. Now, one of those long-standing partnerships have decided to call it a day: Nokia and ZEISS.

Since the smartphone company’s return to form, Nokia and ZEISS were as inseparable as Huawei and Leica. As we know, the latter broke up after Huawei fell off from persistent U.S.-based regulations. Soon after, Leica found another home with Xiaomi. Hasselblad, another big name in smartphone photography, also established a second partnership with OPPO, alongside the camera company’s old partner, OnePlus.

Now, as reported by Nokiamob.net, HMD Global and ZEISS have mutually decided to not renew their contract to work with each other. The source noticed that Nokia was no longer listed as a partner in ZEISS’s site. The company then issued an official statement confirming such. Going forward, Nokia will no longer have any of the camera maker’s branding with new phones.

It’s not a big loss for ZEISS, though. Besides Nokia, the camera company also has other promising partnerships with Sony and vivo. One can even argue that the company is doing better work with others. The last Nokia smartphone with ZEISS’s PureView was the Nokia 8.3 5G, which was launched all the way back in 2020.

In contrast, Sony rocked heads last year with the Xperia PRO-I, a beast that rocks ZEISS-branded optics. Recently, vivo also launched an impressive, branded shooter with the vivo X80 Pro.

SEE ALSO: vivo X80 Pro with ZEISS: Capturing the city life

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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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