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Windows 11

The much-awaited update from Microsoft is here and this blog gives you some insights on what changes can be seen as a normal laptop or pc user and how it works. To check out the event (June 24) – CLICK HERE!!

Dev version leaked!

In case you did not know about the buzz around this leak, check it out here. A week ago, there was a huge buzz on the internet about this leak which just came in days before the official launch. People were able to download the file from various sites and were able to install and experience it as well. Check out some of the pictures and the experience below!!

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Activate Windows screen

Just as you imagine, this screen pops up when you first try to install and we could proceed further by clicking on “I don’t have a product key” option. Then,

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Installing Windows

A screen showing the available Windows 11 versions including Home, Educational, Enterprise, Pro etc., appears and choose whatever you want to try. I installed Windows 11 Home Edition and started the installation!

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Getting Windows 11 ready

As soon as the installation gets over (takes around 30-40mins), System will restart and this screen appears!

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Choose your country

The first screen that is interactable allows you to choose the country you are in. Check out the first look at Windows 11!

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First look

This is our first look at Windows 11. This screen is visible after some installation as well. Here we can see Edge comes pre-installed (as usual). A major revamp on the taskbar can be seen. The Start menu now pops up in the center and all those icons got a major redesign in terms of location and style.

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This PC window

This is how the “This PC” window looks like and it’s pretty much fresh and catchy as well. These new icons make it easy to differentiate and for long-term use, these must be better!

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Major update

One of the most highlighted features is this! The new SNAP feature lets you control where and how the window must be visible on the screen. There’s nothing much we could find out, with less time to experiment, these are some changes we look forward to!

Snap feature on the Windows 11 Pro!

Final verdict

The first look of the screen will look new and fresh to Windows users, but as per reports, Microsoft has adopted certain things from Apple’s macOS. So we would like to tell you that there’s much more this Windows 11 can do and you’ll eventually get to know it!

iPhone 12 series

The iPhone 12 series was unveiled by Apple at its virtual event yesterday and consists of 4 variants of iPhone 12. While the iPhone 12 mini is presented as the smallest and most affordable model in the new series, the iPhone 12 is designed as the successor to the iPhone 11, and the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max is projected as the successors to the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, respectively.

All four models in the 2020 iPhone lineup come with 5G support and are powered by Apple’s A14 Bionic chip. The latest models also run on iOS 14 out of the box and retain the notch that was originally featured on the iPhone X in November 2017.

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iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 mini

Surprisingly, Apple has removed the in-the-box charger brick and provides a USB-C to lightning cable. They say that there are more than enough charging brick available in the world and people could use them. Seriously!!?? When did Apple provide a charging cable that supports USB-C.

The PRICE

A simplified price list of all the models launched yesterday can be found here:

Specification of the iPhone 12 series

The iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max dual SIM (Nano + eSIM) run on iOS 14 out of the box and come with Super Retina XDR OLED displays, with a Ceramic Shield glass cover on top.

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The iPhone 12 and 12 mini launched in 5 different colours

This is a significant update from last year’s iPhone launch, as the iPhone 11 from the 2019 iPhone lineup launched with an LCD panel rather than an upgraded OLED display. The new models are also powered by the A14 Bionic SoC, which is already available on the latest iPad Air and comes with the fourth-generation Neural Engine.

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The A14 Bionic is designed to handle conversations, including 4K video editing. It is also claimed to offer a 40 percent increase in CPU performance and a 30 percent improvement in graphics over the existing A13 Bionic chip. Additionally, the new 16-core neural motor is touted as capable of up to 11 trillion operations per second. There are also second-generation machine learning accelerators on the CPU to provide machine learning calculations 10 percent faster than the previous generation neural engine.

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The iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max specs

In addition to the improved processing power, the iPhone 2020 family comes with 5G support. However, it is of no use as 5G is yet to be made available in India. The US variants of the iPhone 12 series also support faster 5G mmWave networks.

Screen size and camera

In terms of differences, the iPhone 12 mini comes in a 5.4-inch size, while the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro share the same 6.1-inch form factor and the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the largest in the series. with a size of 6.7 inches. The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 feature dual 12-megapixel rear cameras that include a wide-angle and ultra-wide shooter, with an aperture of f / 1.6 and an aperture of f / 2.4 respectively.

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Camera spec of iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max

The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, on the other hand, offer 12-megapixel triple rear cameras with wide-angle (f / 1.6), ultra-wide-angle (f / 2.4), and an additional telephoto (f / 2.0 on Pro and f / 2.2 in Pro Max). They also include a LiDAR scanner (Light raDAR) for better autofocus in low light conditions (and portraits in night mode), enhanced depth photography, and augmented reality (AR) measurements.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max also has a 47 percent larger wide camera sensor. The iPhone 12 Pro offers a 4x optical zoom, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max offers a 5x optical zoom with the telephoto sensor. All four models have 12-megapixel f / 2.2 front cameras.

Improvements in terms of software

The company is also launching a new Apple ProRAW format on the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max, giving users a professional post-photography experience. In addition to the Photos application, third-party applications will be able to use the new image format thanks to an API. The iPhone 12 ‘Pro’ models also offer 4K Dolby Vision HDR video recording and on-device editing of the result.

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Exclusive feature for Pro and Pro Max

Apple has also improved its Deep Fusion software tuning that debuted on the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max last year. Similarly, the night mode of the iPhone 12 series has also been updated to offer better results in low light, even with the front camera. A night mode time-lapse feature will also be released.

Battery life

In terms of battery life, the iPhone 12 mini is claimed to offer up to 15 hours of video playback, while the iPhone 12 is rated to offer up to 17 hours of video playback, the same as the iPhone 12 Pro. iPhone 12 Pro Max will offer the “longest battery life on an iPhone” with up to 20 hours of video playback. They support MagSafe wireless charging up to 15W and Qi wireless charging up to 7.5W. The company calls the iPhone 12 mini the world’s smallest, lightest, and thinnest 5G smartphone.

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MagSafe technology

With the launch of the iPhone 12 series, Apple has also announced MagSafe and HomePod Mini too!

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The release date of the Apple iPhone 12 will again be October 13th. Ahead of the rumored iPhone 12 release event date, the storage option details of the four iPhone models, namely the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max have been soaked.

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iPhone 12 – Concept

As previously rumored, Apple will launch four new iPhone 12 models on October 13th. YouTuber John Fraser reaffirmed the iPhone 12 release date and also confirmed some key iPhone 12 specifications. Proser claims that the iPhone 12 entry-level model with a 5.4-inch iPhone 12 Mini and a 6.1-inch display will come with 64GB of storage. Apple will offer the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 with 128GB and 256GB storage options.

Proser says that for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, the premium iPhones will have 128GB and 256GB of storage configurations.

Apple iPhone 12 Price (Rumor)

Non-Pro iPhone 12 models are priced at US $699 (approximately Rs. 51,200) and $799 (approximately Rs. 58,500) for the 128GB storage variants.

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Size Variation of the upcoming iPhone 12

Earlier reports said that the iPhone 12 Pro would be priced at US $1,049 (approximately Rs. 76,800) and US $1,099 (approximately Rs. 80,500). The most premium iPhone 12 Pro Max costs between US $1,149 (approximately Rs. 84,100) and US $1,199 (approximately Rs. 87,800).

Apple iPhone 12 Specs Rumor has it that all four models include the Apple A14 Bionic chip. The iPhone 12 Mini is said to have a 5.4-inch display, while the iPhone 12 is said to feature a 6.1-inch LED. The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will feature 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch 60 Hz displays, respectively. Rumors regarding the 120 Hz OLED panel on the iPhone 12 Pro models were recently shot by Fraser.

All four iPhone 12 models will run on iOS 14.1 and are expected to ship in mid-October.

The budget iPhone 12 models will feature dual 12MP camera sensors, while the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will feature a three-camera system and lidar sensor.

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During its WWDC 2020 keynote address, Apple announced iOS14 for iPhone and iPod touch. The update brings a variety of new features and changes. Yesterday, without any prior announcement Apple announced that iOS14 will be rolled out for public and it was. Here we’ll discuss the major features in iOS14.

New features in iOS14

Application library

iOS14 adds a new App Library view to organize all your apps. The applications are automatically organized in the application library and you don’t need to keep all the icons in view of the actual home screen. There’s also a new list view, as well as features to sort apps based on usage and more.

Widgets

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iOS14 adds widgets to the iPhone and iPad home screen for the first time. Widgets have more data than ever and come in a variety of sizes. Applications are automatically out of the way to make room for widgets. You can access these widgets through the “Widget Gallery”, with many different size options.

Picture in Picture on iPhone

iOS14 also provides picture-in-picture support, it works much like the iPad experience. Meanwhile, Siri has a new interface that doesn’t go over the entire screen.

Translation app

A new translation app in iOS14 is designed for conversations and works completely offline. All you have to do is tap on the microphone icon and the app will translate to the language of your choice. There will be 11 languages ​​supported at launch.

App clips

iOS14 also adds a new App Clip feature to easily access apps quickly without downloading the full version from the App Store.

New iMessage features

For iMessage, Apple is adding new Memoji accessories (including a new Face Mask Memoji), as well as pinned messages. New features for group iMessages too: online replies, mentions.

Real-time headphone audio alerts

You can measure headphone audio levels in real-time with a new option in the Control Center. This new feature has an interface similar to the Apple Watch Noise application, which measures the audio levels of the environment instead of the headphones.

Voice memos

Apple is also updating the Voice Memos app with iPhone and macOS Big Sur. The most interesting feature of this year is the new improved recording function. The enhanced recording function reduces background noise and room reverb with a single touch. Once you create a recording, you will see a small icon similar to the automatic adjustment feature in the Photos app. Details on how exactly this feature works are unclear, but Apple is heavily promoting the simplicity of the process.

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Epic Games’ developer account terminated

In mid-August Apple stated that it would terminate the developer account for Epic Games if the Fortnite app continued to break App Store rules and today, Apple complied with that threat, and Epic’s access to the account removed. This has been reported by MacRumors and here’s what we had to cover!

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Fortnite has been unavailable for a few weeks, but other Epic Games titles such as the Battle Breaker and Infinity Blade stickers were still in the App Store. Now that the Epic Games developer account has been terminated, those apps are gone. Apple has started featuring PUBG Mobile on its App store since the termination of Epic Games’ developer account.

iPhones with Pre-installed Fortnite

Searching for Epic Games in the App Store is not an app and the Epic Games Developer account on the web is empty. Although the developer account is not available, Fortnite continues to work.

Those who have downloaded Fortnite on an iPhone or iPad can continue playing the game, but there is a catch – none of the new Marvel-themed Season 4 content is available, as Fortnite is unable to be updated.

What caused their termination?

Fortnite has been violating the Rules App Store rules since August 13, when it introduced a direct payment option that shortened Apple’s in-app purchase system by allowing direct payments for Epic games. Soon after Epic’s disregard of storage policies, Apple pulled the app from the store, leading to a lawsuit from Epic and prompting an immediate legal battle between the two companies.

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Most of the games that we play today are developed using Epic’s UnReal Engine

Since Epic started a dispute with Apple, it has refused to back out of the direct purchase option added to Fortnite, and Apple has refused to allow the app in the App store while the direct payment option remains.

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Last night, Epic sent an email to Fortnite’s players, alleging the unavailability of the new season, and said Apple prevented “Fortnite” from protecting Epic Games from “Saving players from direct payments”. After all this, Apple started promoting PUBG Mobile in its App Store.

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Epic Games

Apple originally wanted to terminate the developer accounts of both Epic Games and Epic International, a separate account linked to Epic’s Unreal Engine used by third-party app developers, but a judge issued a temporary restraining order preventing Apple from doing so. The judge declined to stop Apple from terminating the Epic Games account, however, telling Epic that it “created the situation” and made a “strategically and calculated move to breach” ‌App Store‌ terms.

In a statement, Apple confirmed that the account was removed and said it was disappointing that the termination was due.

We are disappointed that we have had to terminate the Epic Games account on the ‌App Store‌. We have worked with the team at Epic Games for many years on their launches and releases. The court recommended that Epic comply with the ‌App Store‌ guidelines while their case moves forward, guidelines they’ve followed for the past decade until they created this situation. Epic has refused. Instead, they repeatedly submit Fortnite updates designed to violate the guidelines of the ‌App Store‌. This is not fair to all other developers on the ‌App Store‌ and is putting customers in the middle of their fight. We hope that we can work together again in the future, but unfortunately, that is not possible today.

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App Store policy

Apple stated that the termination only applies to the Epic Games developer account, and this occurred when Epic Games was given 14 days to comply with the App Store rules. Deleting an Epic Games account is the standard procedure for all accounts that defy Apple’s store policies.

Epic no longer has the option to submit apps or updates through its developer account and in-app purchases in the Fortnite app will no longer be a functional option for Fortnite players. Apple says that disabling in-app purchases will protect users because Epic was instructing Apple’s support staff to get users to purchase refunds as the launch of Fortnite’s new season.

Tech giant Google has announced Google maps application for apple watch. The Apple watch users can use this feature to navigate by car, bike, and by foot. It will show users the estimated arrival time and step-by-step directions to destinations such as home and work which are previously saved by the users.

The non saved users will have to start navigating from your phone but they can continue to see it on their Apple Watch. For the apple watch, Google maps feature is coming in upcoming days announced by google.

Google maps Application – The Return

After three years Google maps application is returning to apple watch. Google is also bringing out an update this week to expand its Maps app compatibility with Apple’s CarPlay system which means users can listen to music or check their calendar in a side-by-side display of Google Maps. The Google maps application appears on the left of the screen and it’s other features, like the music, appears on the right.

Previously google maps offered a Watch app that was an extension of the Google Maps iPhone app, but it was pulled in 2017 with no explanation provided for the move. It was part of a general part of major apps from the Watch at the time which also included Amazon and other apps. After then, Apple has launched a standalone App Store for the Watch users. Previously, users had to use Watch app downloads from the iPhone.

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The mode of CarPlay’s dashboard was introduced in iOS 13 late last year, but it only supported Apple Maps. Apple started giving other developers the ability to take advantage of it in March with the release of iOS 13.4 and after that the finalization of Google’s support for the feature. Google announced that the update will go into effect for all users of CarPlay-supported vehicles today.

It is a very amazing news for apple users as Google maps will make their life easier.

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Written by Aditya Rana |Updated: August 27, 2020 09:01:02 am

Spotlight feature

Spotlight is a very popular and useful feature in all Apple products. It’s an easy way to launch apps, search the web, perform calculations, and do lots more. It became powerful from iOS 9. It can also search for content from all apps on your device and provides suggestions before you even search.

How to enable/access?

To access the Spotlight feature search interface, go to your iPhone home screen and swipe to the right then we will find the Spotlight search interface to the left of the primary home screen.

Also we can change the spotlight feature settings:

  1. Firstly Go to Settings > Siri & Search.
  2. Second Scroll down and select an app.
  3. Third select Show in Search, Suggest Shortcuts, or Show Siri Suggestions to allow or prevent results and shortcut suggestions from showing up. To turn these features off, you have the option to select Show App. Switch it off to prevent the app from appearing in your search results.

Also, we can search the app store, maps, and web with the help of the spotlight feature and get the best results. We can quickly launch apps with the help of the spotlight search. Spotlight searches can also be customized.

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Working of Spotlight :

Spotlight searches by a variety of sources. It uses Bing and Apple’s own Spotlight suggestions service to provide links to web pages, map locations, and other stuff you might want to see when you search. Content provided by apps on your iPhone can also be searched. We can use Spotlight to search the email, messages, music, or practically anything else. It can also be used to search installed apps on the device, so then we can start typing the app’s name and then launch it without locating that app’s icon somewhere on your home screen.

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How to search in an iPhone by 9to5Mac

Spotlight is an awesome feature for apple users and if you are using iPhone then this spotlight feature is really helpful for the iPhone users.

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Floating mobile store @ Marina Bay, Singapore

Apple is opening its retail store in Singapore and it is unlike anything we have seen. The upcoming Apple Store is located in the famous Marina Bay Sands and is shaped like a giant orb that appears to float on the water.

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Giant Orb Design

Apple Store

Apple stores are known for their design and creativity. Apple, in the past, has opened several stores in Milan and New York City alike, which have attracted attention for their architectural brilliance. Now, the company is opening another Apple store that takes its design expertise to the next level. This is Apple’s first Floating mobile store which is expected to open with the release of the iPhone 12 series.

Design

During the day, Apple’s upcoming store is merging well with Singapore’s Horizon. During the night, the place comes to life. Images from the Apple Store appearing on Twitter reveal that the giant floating orb is illuminated from the inside and is stunning against the country’s horizon.

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Apple has not given an exact date as it is about to open an upcoming Apple store in Singapore. However, the company says it will ‘soon open the doors to our new store by the bay’ and ‘it will be at the center of creativity, we are the space created by you to capture your ideas and passion.’

Existing Stores in Singapore

As far as other details are concerned, there is not much information about Apple’s upcoming Apple Store yet. However, according to a report by MacRumours, this will be the third Apple Store to open in the region in just three years and Apple’s 512th worldwide.

In addition, the publication has also shared what appears to be marketing material for the upcoming Apple Store. One of the spots shared by the publication states that “an elevated broadwalk and underwater passage connects the pavilion to the shore and The Shops to Marina Bay Sands.” The shape of the structure reports an entirely new store layout. “

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Apple Store at Jewel Changi Airport

It is worth noting that this is the third Apple store in the country. In addition to Marina Bay Sands, Apple has two Apple Stores in Lion City, located at Knightsbridge Mall and Jewel Changi Airport in Orchard Road. We are looking forward to knowing how the floating mobile store from Apple could increase its sale in Singapore.

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Not to be surprised, but Apple has already begun assembling iPhones in India. Apple first started in India by assembling iPhone 11, iPhone XR at the Foxconn plant in Chennai, and might also start with mid-range Flagship iPhone SE 2020 by late 2020.

According to the sources, Apple has plans to manufacture the next iPhone 12 series in India. This also inclines with India’s “Made in India” notion and is estimated to hire around 10,000 employees. The iPhone 12 release date hasn’t been announced yet and is expected to be ready for sale around the mid of 2021.

iPhone 12 – Bangalore

The Production is said to begin at Narasapura in Bangalore by Wistron, Apple’s Taiwan Contract Manufacturer. Around 2000 people have already been recruited and 70 % of the employees should be of the State’s native as per Karnataka’s Industrial Policy which says 7000 employees will be local.

The above has also been confirmed by Karnataka’s ex-minister by his tweet.

Cheaper than its Predecessor

Now considering the Price, iPhone 12 is expected to be less expensive than it’s predecessor since it is “Made in India” and will most probably avoid the duties. Apple hasn’t confirmed the price drop, but it is expected that the price drop will be profitable to the Tech Giant since the market in India for iPhone is huge considering the Indo-Chinese Tension.

According to the leaks, there are four new variants of iPhone 12, 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inch powered by A14 Bionic processor with 5G support. Apple has announced that there will be a delay in the iPhone 12 launch and is expected to be unveiled by October 2020.

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Apple

Apple Incorporated is a Cupertino based Tech giant that designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics. They are currently valued at $1.5 trillion which is less than just 14 countries’ GDP. Their hardware products include the iPhone. iPad, Mac, and iPod with AirPods joining the list last year and also has a dedicated lineup of software that includes iOS, iPadOS, macOS, WatchOS, and tvOS.

Epic Games

Epic Games Inc. is also from America based in Cary, North Carolina. They are known for their video games, software development, and publishing them through different platforms. They also hold a Guinness world record for “The most successful videogame engine” – Unreal Engine which powers their most famous Fortnite, Unreal, Gears of War, Infinity Blade, etc.

Apple kicked off Fortnite

Yesterday, after finding out a violation caused by Fortnite developers Epic Games. The decision to remove Fortnite off the App Store came just after Epic discount started on the in-game store. Apple clearly mentioned in a statement that Epic Games have violated their laws of not providing a 30% fee to them.

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Apple’s official statement

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This debate is bigger than just a 30 percent cut. The Cupertino giant is facing criticism these days for how it not only manages the App Store and its mandatory fees but also how it enforces certain guidelines that some developers and critics find inappropriate and in fact, it is designed to benefit its rivals.

Epic Games’ #FreeFortnite

After getting removed from the app store Epic filed an antitrust lawsuit seeking to establish App Store as a monopoly and also posted a video with the hashtag #FreeFortnite which aired on youtube and Fortnite.

Apple’s 1984 parody

Google also removed Fortnite!?

Hours later the iPhone manufacturers removed Fortnite, Google followed the lead as Epic has also violated their guidelines. A spokesperson from Google has said,

For game developers who choose to use the Play Store, we have consistent policies that are fair to developers and keep the store safe for users. While Fortnite remains available on Android, we can no longer make it available on Play because it violates our policies. However, we welcome the opportunity to continue our discussions with Epic and bring Fortnite back to Google Play.

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