Epic Games CEO calls Android a fake open system, says Apple is even worse

Posted on Tuesday, Feb 18 2020 @ 13:28 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Over at the DICE Summit, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney took some shots at the most popular mobile operating systems. Sweeney called Google's Android a "fake open system" and quickly added that Apple's iOS is even worse. Sweeney blasted both firms for taking a 30 percent cut of sales made via the Play Store and App Store. Firms like Epic Games have the ability to host and distribute apps on their own, but Google makes this pretty hard and Apple as good as impossible without jailbreaking.
Epic Games had no choice but to launch Fortnite in the App Store — there’s no way to sideload content on the iPhone without complex Jailbreaking hacks. On Android, Epic chose to release the game independently because Android does allow sideloading. However, the operating system quite reasonably warns users before they sideload apps. Sweeny bashed these “scary” pop-ups in his speech. Although, Google is treating Fortnite just like it would any other app. The “unknown sources” toggle is there for a good reason. Let’s not forget Epic launched Fortnite with a serious security hole on Android.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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