EU dreams of smartphones sold without preinstalled apps

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Tech giants currently have enormous power through the products they sell, whether it's hardware or services. The European Union would like to limit the powers of these giants. Explanation.

It is difficult to know what will be the outcome of the legal battle between Apple and Epic. It is also difficult to know when all this will end. One thing is certain, this turmoil seems to have served as a trigger, especially concerning the relationship between Apple and its App and the developers. More and more governments are also starting to think that Apple has too many powers with this platform ...

The European Union unveils its Digital Services Act

So much so that the European Union has just proposed a law, a novelty called the Digital Services Act which would make it possible to put a limit on the powers of the giants of the tech, like Apple and its App Store. This Digital Services Act contains a number of proposals including the possibility that smartphones, tablets and other laptops can be delivered without any preinstalled application. So that the choice is really, fully, that of the user.

A bill that aims to limit the power of GAFAM, Apple in the lead

Today, almost all operating systems have their applications preinstalled. This is to make life easier for those less comfortable with technology who may have difficulty, or even find it unnecessary, to find and install applications such as a calculator or a notepad. You might also think that users today are more than happy to install the third-party applications of their choice. And that would apply to any rule that Apple or Google might decide to apply to their app stores. These applications would always be easily found.

That being said, this is only a private member's bill. There can be no guarantee that it will be adopted and it is a safe bet that the opposition will be strong, with the tech giants Apple and Google leading the way. Nothing has been done yet, nothing will perhaps ever be done, but the European Union continues in its direction to emancipate itself somewhat from the enormous and ever-growing influence of GAFAM.

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