SAP, Nokia, Opera, AVG, Soundcloud, Last.fm, Mojang (creator of the best selling videogame in history), Rovio, King, DailyMotion, Huddle, ASOS, Skype, SkyScanner, Shazam, Trivago, Deliveroo.
No, none of these companies are as big as the larger ones in the US. Note that I did not say largest. There is no argument to be made about how much bigger the tech industry is in the US compared to the EU.
Yes, the EU absolutely has big tech companies.
There are compromises possible that offer a better balance. For example, apps that require a paid service to work cannot come pre-installed. From a commercial competition point of view, Apple Music would be a candidate, even though the fact that the Music app on iOS serves both as a player of purchased music (iTunes Store, ripped CDs) and a music streaming client complicates that. The same idea could apply to Apple Arcade or Apple TV+ but with similar complicating factors (Apple Arcade isn't an app) and the Apple TV+ service also co-uses the TV app (together with purchased TV shows and movies).Understand the idea of consumer choice. But how will any device be useable without any installed software. A computer without software is a paperweight.
Some would put the Stocks app into that category (I think it can be removed but in that way that any data the user has generated in it would still be there if the user decides to re-install it).I believe that there should be a law against pre-installing useless apps that can’t be removed.
I am not saying it is an applicable solution as such but I also think it is imagineable that Google Music and Apple Music could over time push Spotify out of the market due to their built-in advantages and paying for music streaming wouldn't be a market anymore with competition (in price but also features) and both Google and Apple could jack up their prices (the only competition being abstinence, ie, not subscribing to any music streaming service).Hey, have at it. It will be an interesting experiment that the rest of the world can learn from. I suspect it will be a dumpster fire but as long as it is someone else's I'm ready with the lawn chair, beer and popcorn to watch it unfold comfortably.
(seriously - you'd buy a blank iPhone, go to the Apple website, by-your-own-free-will click on a link and in a short time it would look like they do now.)
Its a silly requirement that will only hurt EU members.
Contacts serves as UI for the contacts database that is part of the OS and used by many third-party applications. So, a good deal of the code of the Contacts app is truly part of the OS (in the form of the APIs that third-party apps use). Home also interacts with a lot of third-party products (though in this case hardware products) and thus is also part of the OS. The web rendering capabilities that power Safari are also used by many third-party apps. In today's time being able to access the internet (if only to download Firefox) is also a core feature of an operating system (yes, the approach of being 'forced' to select an internet browser to download during the setup process of an OS installation would a way around some of that but only in regard to the UI part of Safari, not the WebKit rendering features).It is most likely non system specific apps. Even macOS itself could do with this, like why can't we remove Chess, Contacts, Home, News, Music, Stocks, TV, and even Safari. I personally use Safari and Music(for my bought songs), but those other apps serve no function but taking up space.
Sure, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg that were occupied by the Third Reich during the Second World War, agreed to join/form the EEC in 1957 because Germany forced them to do so (at a time when France actually had troups stationed in Germany and at some nominal level held some sovereignty over Germany). These four countries liked the German occupation during the Second World War so much that they've asked Germany in the 1950s whether Germany could please recreate this experience for them by forming the EEC. And that is before equating the government of Germany in 1957 with the Third Reich.I mean no offence but the EU was started by the third reich and the first head of the EEC(what then became the EU) was a high ranking member of the nazi party.
I couldn't disagree more. The freedom to innovate is what makes these tech companies tick. Regulating them to the lowest common denominator will have undesirable consequence. Maybe they (Apple, Google, Facebook) should all pull out of the EU and the EU can do what it wants with whatever tech company is left.Both the EU and US (both parties actually) have realized that the centralization of data (and power) in the big tech corporations is an increasing problem that needs to be solved in one way or another.
Those people here that think that those corporation should be able to do however they please "because the customer can always buy something else", are essentially missing the big picture and are part of the reason why regulation is unavoidable.
It was ridiculous on my GS8+. This would be a real example of what they are trying to stop. Not only was their crap, but they actually blocked Samsung Cloud to "force" you to use VZW Cloud. Flashed a carrier free firmware, and then it would open, but it still didn't always backup properly.No Sh*t!!! This should be directed at all the crapware carriers install. Same for PCs. Block them from installing a **** ton of trialware!
Everyone can play SNAKE!!!We will go back to our Nokias .
Last.fm, Mojang, King, Skype, Skyscanner and Shazam are owned by US companies. Trivago majority owned by a Chinese company.
Anybody remember the EU common charger regulations?
Last.fm, Mojang, King, Skype, Skyscanner, Shazam, Trivago were founded in the EU. Who owns them now is not the point. The point is that the EU does produce high-value tech companies. The fact that US and Chinese companies found them valuable enough to buy makes this point all the strong.
Yep. And I remember that pretty shortly thereafter nearly every piece of non-Apple tech I purchased used micro-USB for power. Sounds pretty successful to me.