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Android Phones Sans Google Services
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6/18/2014 | 6:55:40 AM
Maybe it will get better
I'm in Russia now and bought myself a cheap smartphone without realizing that this had happened.  It's pretty awful so far.  It is servicable, but the basic apps and services I use are not available and its hard to find substitutes.  Perhaps in time their platform will become more usable, and perhaps it is more usable for a native Russian speaker, but for now it is annoying and unpolished in many small ways and the only available app store just doesn't have the applications available to fix it.
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2/20/2014 | 5:41:19 AM
Re: Android Phones Sans Google Services
@ Lorna Garey, your points are quite valid. Amazon with worldwide customer base and more universal appeal should be more concerning to Google than Yandex with appeal to mostly Russian market. Security concerns are also noticeable and it will be interesting to see how much security Yandex can provide in their new smartphones.
SachinEE
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2/20/2014 | 4:47:30 AM
Re: Android Phones Sans Google Services
This is a very interesting news. It is strange to think of Android phones without Google services and Play store. Nevertheless it is quite remarkable to know that Yandex.Kit based phones will debut with 100000 apps on Yandex app store. It is yet to see though how users actually take this somewhat varied kind of Android when it actually comes to the market.
Lorna Garey
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2/19/2014 | 6:09:08 PM
Re: Google's reaction
Very true! Nothing like some healthy competition ...
Thomas Claburn
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2/19/2014 | 5:11:15 PM
Re: Google's reaction
>Of course, the flip side is, what can Google do to stop it?

Google can deploy really compelling services. Maybe some people will prefer Yandex apps to Google Mobile Services, but I'd bet it will take a while to gain traction.
Lorna Garey
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2/19/2014 | 12:16:15 PM
Google's reaction
In general, how much does this forking of Android worry Google? Presumably Amazon's project is more concerning than a project aimed at a Russian market, but at some point, these efforts must be seen as both diluting the Android brand and making it vulnerable to bad press surrounding any security breaches that happen in the varients.

Of course, the flip side is, what can Google do to stop it?


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