Week in Tech (Nov 16-22, 2020): Apple lowers App Store fees, Oppo reveals rollable phone and more


Through: Technical office | New Delhi |

Updated: Nov 22, 2020 1:33:11 PM

Apple has lowered the App Store fees to 15%, compared to 30% for developers who generate up to $ 1 million in annual revenue from their apps. (Image credit: Bloomberg)

It’s been a relatively busy week in the tech world, especially for Apple and Sony. Apple has taken the spotlight by slashing its App Store commission fees for small developers, a move that will improve the company’s public image as the tech giant faces antitrust battles. This week, Sony’s highly anticipated PlayStation 5 went on sale in several countries, including the UK. However, Sony has yet to announce the release date of the next-gen console for the Indian market. But it’s not just Sony that is facing PS5 supply issues, Microsoft warned that Xbox Series X and S shortages could last until April, with supply catching up with demand. Learn more about each of these stories with our latest news roundup.

Apple cuts App Store fees for small developers in half

Earlier this week, Apple said it would give small developers a big discount, slashing fees from 30% to 15% for developers making less than $ 1 million per year. Apple collects a 30% commission from developers who want their apps to be on the App Store. Apple’s app store fees and rules have been criticized by large companies such as Epic, Spotify, and Epic as well as small developers. Apple said the new program will start on January 1.

Sony PS5 now available worldwide except India

After months of waiting, Sony’s PlayStation 5 has gone on sale in major markets except the Indian market. The reason: It is not clear why Sony is delaying the release of the PS5 in India. The console has been in high demand in markets like the United States and that could perhaps be the reason Sony is not ready to launch the PS5 in India. However, unlike Sony, Microsoft was able to launch the Xbox Series X / S despite having limited units allocated to India. The PS5 starts at Rs 39,990 for the digital edition.

Oppo shows roll up phone concept

In a surprise announcement, Oppo earlier this week roll up phone concept called Oppo X 2021. Rather than a foldable screen, Oppo The radically different roll-up phone uses a “continuously variable OLED display” that changes in size to become a tablet. It’s still not ready to go on sale – which is why Oppo has not revealed the specifications, price or release date. This is more of a tech demonstration than a phone ready to go on sale.

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