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Old Aug 26, 2018, 01:46 AM   #31
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Do you think Google is going to sit by idly and let companies do this in the future if more big name publishers start bypassing Google Play?

Soon you'll find yourself in a situation where you can no longer install non-store signed applications.
If that happens, then Android has lost its purpose and people might as well by iPhones. The openness of Android is what attracts people. It Google locks it up, Android will loose its attractiveness.

But I expect Android development will get forked and worked on by other parties then.
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Old Aug 27, 2018, 09:31 AM   #32
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Seems like this kind of game would be tuff to play on a phone. I tried Mass Effect, Batman and Dues Ex on the phone and I signed up for this, but I am thinking I will end up like those other 3 games and be back at Clash of Clans and Goddess Kiss after giving up on the frustrating game play. Phones and FPS just do not seem to work.
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Old Aug 27, 2018, 10:03 AM   #33
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If that happens, then Android has lost its purpose and people might as well by iPhones. The openness of Android is what attracts people. It Google locks it up, Android will loose its attractiveness.

But I expect Android development will get forked and worked on by other parties then.
Maybe for the niche people. I dont think I know any regular person who sideloads any apps.

The main draw for Android for normal people is "its not apple" Just being competition is enough to draw a ton of people over who just dont like or want Apple products.

If Google locked their apps down in their own ecosystem today they would lose a few customers(initially, angry people) and then gain them back like any other company.
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Hahaha, pwned!
What do you mean? Google, Epic or the gamers?
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But it's worth noting that this flaw falls under Google's zero-day disclosure policy in which if it believes the flaw is a dangerous enough it will only provide a 7-day deadline for software firms to patch the bug.
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Seems important.
Very, the problem comes in when Google presses like they did here and in the past, as with the Specter press release, they give complete information on how to exploit the bug to the bad guys. In the Specter case this caused Intel and MS to release a dodgy patch and ruined a lot of PCs. Our bank has a couple bricked PCs as a result before we stopped patching with the rushed patch. In this Fortnite the good patch was out in plenty of time but not all users had had the time to install it before Google put out the press release. Epic was cranky about that.

companies like Epic, Intel and MS are just trying to get Google to play nice and Google is just trying to get companies to patch their crappy software and hardware. I see both sides. If no one held companies feet to the fire you know full well the patches would never come. But putting the full details on how to exploit the bugs of your rivals software and hardware is a fun win for Google too be sure.
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