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More People Using Apps for Leisure Activities as Social Distancing Rules Lifted

More People Using Apps for Leisure Activities as Social Distancing Rules Lifted

SEOUL, June 15 (Korea Bizwire) — More people are using apps for leisure activities such as movie-watching, outdoor dining and travel since the government scrapped most COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, data showed Tuesday. Local market analysis firm IGA Works analyzed some 2 billion data records from 40 million mobile devices between May 2020 and May [...]

Kakao Keeps External Payment Link in App Against Google’s New Billing Policy

Kakao Keeps External Payment Link in App Against Google’s New Billing Policy

SEOUL, June 8 (Korea Bizwire) — Kakao Corp., operator of South Korea’s top mobile messenger KakaoTalk, has kept in place an external payment link in the Android version of the popular messaging software against Google’s new in-app payment policy. In April, Google required all app developers selling digital goods and services on the company’s Play [...]

LG Uplus to Release Limited ‘Diablo Immortal’ Galaxy S22

LG Uplus to Release Limited ‘Diablo Immortal’ Galaxy S22

SEOUL, June 7 (Korea Bizwire) — LG Uplus Corp., South Korea’s third-largest mobile carrier, said Tuesday it plans to release a limited Samsung Galaxy S22 smartphone model themed on the newly released “Diablo Immortal” mobile game by Blizzard Entertainment Inc. LG Uplus said it plans to exclusively sell 100 units of the Galaxy S22 Diablo [...]

Google’s New In-app Billing Policy Prompts Price Hikes of Various Content Services

Google’s New In-app Billing Policy Prompts Price Hikes of Various Content Services

SEOUL, May 31 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean companies have raised charges for paid content services on Google as the U.S. tech giant prepares to remove apps with external payment links circumventing Google’s in-app payment system. Currently, many app developers on Google’s Play store directed users to external links for payment to circumvent Google’s billing [...]

S. Korean Property Marketplace Zigbang Launches Global Virtual Office

S. Korean Property Marketplace Zigbang Launches Global Virtual Office

SEOUL, May 20 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s app-based home matching platform Zigbang Co. said Thursday that it had established a U.S. subsidiary called Soma Development Co. to help expand its presence in the global virtual office market. On Friday, the company unveiled a new global virtual office platform called Soma, an upgraded version of [...]