SAN FRANCISCO - Google on Monday unveiled a subscription service for games and apps on Android-powered mobile devices in a direct challenge to Apple Arcade. Google Play Pass promised access to hundreds of "awesome" games free of ads or hawked virtual wares at the same $4.99 monthly subscription price as that of the Arcade service Apple launched last week for iOS devices. "The Play Pass collection spans hundreds of titles, from games that help you unwind to apps that power productivity," Google product manager Austin Shoemaker said in an online post. "Play Pass is coming to Android devices in the US this week, and we'll be bringing it to additional countries soon." Some of the game titles included in the launch will be Terraria, Monument Valley, Risk and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. It will also include apps such as Accuweather which are free of in-app purchases, upfront payments or advertising. Google said it will add new games and apps to the service each month. The … [Read more...] about Google takes on Apple Arcade with mobile game service
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Competition in the local market is likely to become more aggressive, with telcos offering unlimited data packages, putting further pressure on their revenue and delaying earnings recovery. Fitch believes the third-largest operator, Total Access Communication Public Co Ltd (DTAC; BBB/AA(tha)/stable), will be the most affected due to its large exposure to mobile revenue. In contrast, the largest operator Advanced Info Service Public Co Ltd’s (AIS; BBB+/AA+(tha)/stable) diversification into fixed broadband services should reduce the risk of a slowdown. DTAC’s service revenue dropped 5.7 per cent year on year in the first quarter of 2019, (2018: -2.8 per cent), but EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) contraction was steeper at 26.3 per cent year on year, as aggressive marketing promotions took a toll on profitability. Meanwhile, AIS’ EBITDA was flat year on year, despite a 2.5 per cent rise in revenue (2018: 3.8 per … [Read more...] about Challenges ahead for AIS, DTAC as mobile sector slows down