Vivo V7+ shows up on official website before launch



Vivo recently sent out invites for the launch of its next smartphone, the V7+. Thanks to a few leaks, we have a clearer idea of what to expect.

Before we begin, this is the invitation that circulated:

The date is set for September 7, fitting for the smartphone’s model number. This was sent to Indian media, meaning the Chinese company will prioritize the South Asian market before its own, similar to past Vivo launches.

Interestingly, Vivo already set up banners on its official website today, revealing the handset’s near-borderless FullView display:

If the final product closely resembles the render we’re seeing here, we could be in for a significant upgrade over the V5 Plus, which, curiously enough, was also exposed before its official launch last January.

We don’t have any confirmed specifications or features yet, but we did score a couple of leaks that may be of the actual retail units. See them for yourself:

The front-facing camera placement seems to be aligned with Vivo’s renders, but the side bezels are slightly thicker than expected. Still, the top and bottom bezels are quite thin, and the clean back panel is a welcome sight.

We can also more or less confirm that the smartphone will be focused on improved selfies, thanks to a possible pair of cameras on the front, one of which might have a 24-megapixel image sensor.

Only six days remain before the grand reveal and all the details we’re after.

SEE ALSO: Vivo V5 Plus camera hands-on: Another perfect selfie?

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South Korea investigating Apple and Google for app payments

In hot water



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



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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Apple is working on smart home products

Plus the return of the HomePod



Despite being one of the biggest companies in technology today, Apple still has some catching up to do. Other companies in the industry, namely Amazon and Google, have expanded their reach into other facets of a person’s lifestyle, including the smart home. Leveraging its already successful lineup, Apple is spending more time to plunge deeper into the intricate world of smart homes.

As reported by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the company is currently working on four smart home devices, bolstering what the lineup already has. Unsurprisingly, the new slate includes two upgrades to Apple’s HomePod lineup: a resurrected HomePod and an improved HomePod mini. (Of note, Apple canceled the regular version last year, making the potential upgrade a big return for the company.)

The other two devices are more surprising. Both will feature a screen and a smart speaker rolled into one. Think of a love child between an iPad and a HomePod. One of the two will focus primarily on kitchen use, while the other (expanded with an onboard camera) will feature prominently in the living room.

For smart home enthusiasts, the device should sound familiar. It bears a striking resemblance to Amazon’s Echo Show lineup or Google’s Nest Hub. That said, there is no guarantee that these devices will make their way to a debut in the future. Regardless, Apple is certainly trying to make more progress in delivering smart home products besides just smart speakers.

SEE ALSO: Apple is enticing Android users to switch with new ad

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