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Russian court ruling could force Google to unbundle some apps from Android phones

Google offers its Android operating system as free, open source software that any device maker can pre-install on a smartphone. But some of the most popular, useful Android apps such as Gmail, Google Maps, and the Google Play Store are not free… and if you want to include those apps on a phone or tablet you […]

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Yandex.Kit offers an alternative to Google Play Services

Google’s Android operating system is open source, but some of the key apps on most Android phones are not. Phone makers and software developers have to jump through a series of hoops if they want to include the Google Play Store, Gmail, Google Maps, and other Google apps. Now there’s another alternative though. Russian search company […]

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Jolla’s Sailfish OS phones will feature Yandex.Store for Android apps

Jolla’s Sailfish OS is a mobile operating system based on MeeGo Linux. But since there aren’t an awful lot of mobile apps available for Sailfish, Jolla is hedging its bets by adding support for Android apps and making it as easy for users to find and install Android apps. Jolla’s phones aren’t Google certified devices, […]

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Russian search giant Yandex releases app store for Android, stocked with 50,000 apps

Yandex runs the most popular search engine in Russia, leading some folks to call it the Google of Russia. But the company doesn’t offer its own smartphone operating system. Instead, Yandex is piggybacking on Google’s. Today Yandex released an app store for Android phone sand tablets called Yandex.Store. There are already 50,000 apps available to […]