In the technology summary of the week, we also review the 11 planes that Amazon bought to improve their dispatches and the purchase of a mall by the creators of Fortnite.
At Christmas, phone sales in the US fell 23% in relation to 2019 due to the economic crisis produced by the pandemic. Gifts became more modest, according to Flurry Analytics. Despite this, of the 10 best-selling smartphones in that country, the first 9 are iPhones, led by SE, its “cheapest” model.
What was not spent on telephones, yes it was used in software. Apple posted the numbers for its app and game store and they are impressive. During the holiday season, App Store customers paid about $ 1.8 billion in digital goods and services between Christmas Eve and the New Year, driven primarily by games. In the same week of 2019, that figure “only” was US $ 1.42 billion. On January 1, 2021, that amount reached US $ 540 million, a new mark for a single day.
According to the firm’s numbers, the developers who sell their digital products have made more than US $ 200 billion since the App Store was launched, in the distant 2008. The most downloaded applications of 2020 were Zoom and Disney +, while in games the company highlighted the success of “Among Us” and a classic, such as “Roblox”.
One of the criticisms of Apple is that it charges 30% commission to the creators of the Apps, which has been harshly questioned by Facebook and Epic Games, creator of Fortnite, who sued the creator of the iPhone. A few days ago, the apple brand lowered its commission to 15%, although only for SMEs that bill less than a million dollars a year.
The e-commerce giant announced the purchase of 11 aircraft for your Amazon Air delivery fleet. There are four WestJet Boeing 767-300s, which will join the logistics network in 2021, and seven Delta planes that will be added in 2022, according to Amazon on its website.
Buying its own ships will allow Amazon to “continue to deliver to customers across the US in the way they expect,” said Sarah Rhoads, vice president of Amazon Global Air. This division will now have its own and leased aircraft to “better manage our operations.”
In total, Amazon Air already has 70 vehicles and this expansion comes at a time when people are increasingly relying on online shopping due to the pandemic.
How things change! The video game company Epic Games, which develops the popular Fortnite, bought the mall Cary Towne Center to build its new offices, which will be inaugurated in 2024. The huge space, located in Cary, North Carolina, is less than five kilometers from the current building of the company founded in 1991 and that has created classics such as Epic Pinball, Infinity Blade and the Unreal Tournament series.
The mall, with more than 350 thousand square meters of total space, will be partially demolished to house the meeting rooms, offices and recreational spaces of the new corporate building. If shopping centers were already down before the pandemic in the US, because of electronic commerce, the icon of the culture of consumerism has been living very low hours since 2020.
Fortnite developer Epic Games plans to convert the Cary Towne Center shopping mall in Cary, North Carolina into a 980,000-square-foot headquarters by 2024. pic.twitter.com/wZSlKZqkzy
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