Epic takes on Google down under as Peloton cycles into view: Vertical Hold Ep 319

Why is Epic also taking on Google as well as Apple in its battle to free app stores? Can Peloton change the way Aussies get fit with their high-tech bikes?

Special Guest Age/Byteside writer Alice Clarke!



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We’re joined this week by Alice Clarke, tech journalist extraordinaire, to talk through Epic Games’ decision to launch legal action against Google around its app store. It’s a topic we’ve visited before, back when Epic Games first decided to take on Apple over the amount it has to pay for Fornite to be in the Apple App store.

With sideloading a reality — albeit a risky one — for Android users — what’s Epic’s play here? What would its endgame look like for Australian consumers?

With so much of the country having experienced lockdowns over the last 12 months, gyms have been lying idle and Australian muscles have grown soft. Into that field steps US tech/fitness brand Peleton.

We say, “steps”, but it’s ride, with Peleton’s hyper-expensive exercise bikes set to make their Australian debut later this year. Does a Peleton subscription make sense — or would it make more sense to subscribe to a book/podcast/mag service such as Scribd?

Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News – podcast hosts Adam Turner and Alex Kidman speak to Australia’s leading technology journalists every Friday to get the stories behind the tech news of the week.

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