Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Feb 2014 21:18 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless
Yandex.Kit is a customisable suite of mobile components available for most versions of Android OS. It has all the basics indispensable for the up-to-date mobile experience. Vendors selling their original Android devices in Russia can enjoy the full Yandex.Kit package, which currently includes an app store, launcher and dialer, browser, maps, a cloud app - 15 apps overall. OEMs targeting other markets can enjoy Yandex.Kit as a trio of Yandex products - Yandex.Shell UI, Yandex.Browser and Yandex.Store.

Interestingly enough, two Android OEMs, Huawei and Explay, will show Yandex.Kit devices at MWC. Which is interesting, because earlier this month, Ars Technica claimed that leaked GMS licensing terms prohibited companies from releasing Android forks ("The agreement places a company-wide ban on Android forks [...]"). If that is indeed true, then Huawei (I'm not familiar with Explay) will be in for a surprise.

Alternatively, companies can release de-Googled Android phones (alongside Google Android phones) just fine. I guess we'll find out.

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by Z_God on Sat 22nd Feb 2014 14:28 UTC
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Yandex also provides very good alternatives for GMail and Google Drive. Yandex Disk for instance can be accessed using plain WebDAV. And Yandex Mail works fine too and includes a Jabber account just like with GMail.

This can become quite popular.

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