Everyone loves secrets, right? Even if they do not directly concern us, this not only does not make them less interesting, but even strengthens our desire to find out all the ins and outs as detailed as possible. Not necessarily in order to then pass this information on to someone else. After all, awareness is a rather powerful tool that allows us not only to feel our involvement in a specific topic, but also to be able to make decisions that can affect our lives, even if it concerns exclusively our smartphones.
Android is not an open source operating system, whatever Google might think
Android is not a truly open operating system, whatever Google says, said Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games. According to the executive, when they launched Fortnite and decided they would distribute it through their website, they faced a lot of problems. Rather than just letting users download the game without hindrance, Google has started to fix them all sorts of obstacles – from completely blocking downloads to warnings about the incredible danger of software from third parties.
Is Android an open OS
Fortnite didn't make it to Google Play because Epic Games didn't want to pay Google commission
The openness of the operating system is about giving users the ability to use it the way they want, Sweeney explained. Recently, however, Google is increasingly tightening the rules for interacting with the platform, setting various kinds of restrictions that do not allow using all the advantages Android. In fact, the company is following the path Apple, but at least it never declared iOS as an open platform, and from the very beginning it clearly demonstrated to users that it will make all significant decisions for them .
Usually all these restrictions are presented under the guise of protecting users from malware, but in this case, the obstacles have nothing to do with security, Sweeney said. After all, logically, Android should prevent downloads from unreliable sources, but why then does it block all sources at all, even those that are inherently reliable? Google has many ways to check the resource from which the download is carried out, but instead, it simply calls all platforms except Google Play unprotected, and then also recommends that users refuse to install the downloaded application or game.
Why Fortnite isn't on Google Play
It is clear that this is done in order to generate additional profit. After all, Google charges 30% for every transaction made through Google Play. And given that Fortnite only generates over $ 2 million in revenue per day on iOS by selling in-game currency, it's easy to guess that Google would also like to bite off this pie. Yes, users Android traditionally spend less money on apps and games than users iOS, but even if it will be the same 2 million per day (by iOS already clearly more), Google could, without lifting a finger, earn 600-650 thousand dollars daily.
As a result, Google categorically refused to place the game in the catalog on individual terms, not meeting Epic Games and not beginning to reduce the commission rate for it. They say there is no reason for that. But it is clear that this was done to put the squeeze on the studio and convince it to host the game on Google Play on Google's own terms. After all, Epic Games itself needs the search giant's directory as much as Google needs Fortnite, because many users still have not dared to download the game due to fears of third-party sources.
Is Tim Sweeney right? Partly yes. However, for some reason he forgets that Android is used not only by geeks who can afford to download software from the Internet without fear, because they are aware of all the risks and take precautions, but also by ordinary users for whom software from third party sources can be dangerous. Indeed, as practice shows, users often download malicious software to their devices, give them the requested privileges, and then wonder why their bank account was robbed, and the entire smartphone interface is riddled with advertising banners. Here they also need to be protected from rash actions, which is what Google does.