Executives from small and medium-sized technology companies such as PopSockets, Sonos, Basecamp and Tile will appear before Congress today to testify in an antitrust investigation involving major technology companies such as Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook, the Washington Post reported. The goal of these small companies is to provide evidence that the tech giants have become too big and want authorities to curb unequal competition.
Currently, the Tile Tracker is the most famous product of its kind.
In response to Apple, Tile, which makes tracking devices, says Apple’s iOS13 Bluetooth and location tracking devices have designed features similar to those of their products, which could hurt The Tile’s business.
In the iOS 13 system, which officially launched last year, Apple dramatically updated its Find feature, along with a privacy-oriented revolution that has made it easy for third-party app developers to get users’ geographic locations.
According to Tile, the Find feature is designed to allow users to locate lost iOS and Mac devices, and it has one major advantage over other third-party products: “Find” feature location acquisition is enabled by default, and Tile must be manually given location rights by the user.
Tile’s lawyers said Tile “wants a fair game in Congress” because Apple’s changes have created a confusing and frustrating experience for Tile users.
Sonos, PopSockets and Basecamp are sharing similar complaints about Google, Facebook and Amazon.
In fact, in addition to the “find” feature, Apple’s unreleased product may make Tile more anxious, from last year there have been rumors that Apple will also develop a cap-sized carry-on tracker, tied to a key or bag, can play a positioning and loss prevention role, and Apple’s products will better integrate with iOS system integration. Apple could also offer more advanced tracking, using the ultra-broadband chip and “find” feature in the iPhone to create a crowdsourced network for all iPhones, even if the device itself is not connected.
Apple is said to have a similar tracker.
In fact, giving third-party apps “always allowed” to locate them has been the subject of much debate since iOS 13 was released, with Apple insisting on the need to protect user privacy, and once the door is open, a small number of apps will use it to steal user privacy( even if only a handful); App developers complain that such tight controls can affect their user experience.
Competition is another tool controversy topic, large companies in the existing basis to develop functions and associations, it is really easy to kill a single small company, but innovation is not only a small company, if prohibited, is it fair to large companies?