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Secret Google deal let Spotify skip Play Store fees

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Spotify reportedly had a special deal with Google, letting it skip Play Store fees. The secret deal saves Spotify from the Android app store’s fee when people sign up for subscriptions using its own payment system on Android.

As part of the same deal, Spotify paid Google just a 4% commission if users signed up for the service through Google. It is far less than most other apps which typically pay 15% for subscriptions through the Google Play Store.

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“Listening to music is one of core purposes… if we don’t have Spotify working properly across Play services and core services, people will not buy Android phones”, Google’s partnerships head Don Harrison reportedly said in court.

Both Google and Spotify also agreed to put $50 million each in a “success fund” as part of the deal. The remarks were made as part of a lawsuit first filed against Google by Epic Games.

“A small number of developers that invest more directly in Android and Play may have different service fees as part of a broader partnership that includes substantial financial investments and product integrations across different form factors,” Dan Jackson, a Google spokesperson, wrote to Engadget in a statement.

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New Samsung Contacts app update available for Galaxy devices

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Samsung has rolled out a new update for its Contacts app, bringing the version up to 14.7.52. The new update is available for Galaxy devices with a 22.88MB package on the Galaxy Store.

The fresh update applies the latest stabilization patch to enhance the app’s performance. It also brings general enhancements to the app’s functions to ensure users have a smoother and more efficient experience.

June 2024 update of the Samsung Contacts app is expected to eliminate the minor bugs and glitches that some users reported to further polish the app’s stability. However, it does not contain any new features or changes.

The update is now available for download on compatible Galaxy devices. Samsung encourages all users to install the latest version via Galaxy Store to take advantage of the improved functionalities.

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Samsung Health app June 2024 update rolling out to One UI devices

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June 2024 is going on and Samsung has rolled out a new update for its Health app to version 6.27.0.121. With a package size of 139.84MB, the update aims to enhance the app’s functionality and resolve any existing issues.

Samsung Health app is one of the important tools for managing personal health and fitness. With this new update, users can expect an enhanced experience, with improvements that make the app more user-friendly and efficient.

The update also fixes some issues that users encountered in the previous version. By addressing issues and enhancing functions, Samsung ensures that users have a reliable and efficient tool.

Users are encouraged to download the latest update to take advantage of the improved features and enhanced stability. They can install the June 2024 update of the Samsung Health app through the Galaxy Store or download it directly from the third-party app source link mentioned here.

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Samsung Wallet launches flight, bus, movies and events ticket bookings in India

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Samsung Wallet is upgrading in India with the ability to let you book flight, bus, movies, and event tickets. The company is collaborating with Paytm to offer new payments and financial services through the Samsung Wallet app in the country.

You can start using newly added features to Samsung Wallet app in India. You just need to update the app to its latest version through the Galaxy Store. Since the rollout is taking place gradually, a phone restart should increase the chances of immediate implementation.

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Galaxy smartphone users using the Paytm app for flight, bus and movie bookings and the Paytm Insider app for event bookings, will be able to add their tickets directly to Samsung Wallet using the ‘Add to Samsung Wallet’ functionality.

Here’s another surprise. The company confirmed that exciting discount offers of up to INR 1150 on first bookings across the newly launched services.

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Paytem-Samsung collaboration is aimed at improving consumers’ convenience. Both companies aim to offer seamless access to Paytm’s suite of services, including flight and bus bookings, movies ticket purchases, and event bookings, all integrated within the Samsung Wallet in India.

Samsung Wallet is a popular mobile tap-and-pay solution in India. MX Business executive Madhur Chaturvedi said that these features allow Galaxy smartphone users to easily purchase bus and airline tickets, as well as movie and event tickets, without needing to switch between multiple apps.

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