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Fortnite creator blames Google for blocking its ‘bloatware deal’ with OnePlus

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Fortnite creator Epic Games is fighting both Apple and Google together. In its lawsuit against Google it has claimed that Google did not allow Epic Games to go ahead with the bloatware deal with OnePlus. As part of the agreement, Epic Games had an “agreement” with OnePlus in which a “certain” OnePlus phone would come with an Epic Games app pre-installed or basically a bloatware. That app would allow seamless installation of Fortnite “without encountering any obstacles imposed by the Android OS”.
However, the developers claimed that Google forced OnePlus to cancel the agreement and only allowed the Epic Games app to be present in the OnePlus phone that is sold in India and not outside India.
“In conjunction with this agreement, Epic designed a version of Fortnite for certain OnePlus devices that delivers a state-of-the-art framerate (the frequency at which consecutive images appear on the device’s screen), providing an even better gameplay experience for Fortnite players,” as per the lawsuit quoted in a reported by Android Police.
“Although the original agreement between Epic and OnePlus contemplated making this installation method available worldwide, Google demanded that OnePlus not implement its agreement with Epic with the limited exception of mobile devices sold in India,” it added.
The reason for not allowing the OnePlus and Epic Games deal is that Google was concerned Fortnite updates would be silently installed. “OnePlus informed Epic that Google was ‘particularly concerned that the Epic Games app would have the ability to potentially install and update multiple games with a silent install bypassing the Google Play Store’. Further, any waiver of Google’s restriction would be rejected due to the Epic Games app serving as a potential portfolio of games and game updates,” the lawsuit added.
Interestingly, while Epic Games’ deal was blocked by Google, a similar app of Facebook is allowed in latest OnePlus phones. If you buy the OnePlus Nord or the flagship OnePlus 8 or 8 Pro, you can easily find out the OEM has a hidden Facebook bloatware. OnePlus is not directly offering the Facebook app pre-installed with the Nord or OnePlus 8 series. If you just head to Settings and simply search ‘Facebook’, you will get to see three apps pop-up out of nowhere. It doesn’t matter whether you have Facebook installed on your new OnePlus phone or not.
The three apps are Facebook Services, Facebook App Manager and Facebook App Installer. These apps are there by default and you can’t remove them. And the primary use of these apps is to keep Facebook updated on its own and provide a “seamless experience”, similar to what is claimed by Epic Games.

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