Remember when Microsoft had to pay up for baking in its Microsoft Explorer web browser to Windows while failing to provide alternatives for users? Microsoft sure remembers having to spend more than €500 million to satisfy a fine issued by the European Commission. Indeed, Google has made some decisions with its Play Store policies that may or may not have blurred the line between promoting its own interest and discouraging competition. But the search giant now finds itself under penalty from Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service for a similar offense.
“We’re waiting on Google Play services to come for this device.”
Sure, the hardware works like a dream and the software, while a little bare-bones and boring, doesn’t look offensive at all. Nokia gives the device regular OTAs and while the proprietary “N Store” is all in Chinese, you can grab plenty of the usual apps through APK Mirror or alternative app stores. Heck, take a plunge and look around the “N Store,” it’s not like it’s poisonous … just extremely foreign.
“We’re waiting on Google [...]
As reluctant as Apple was in allowing third party applications to run on the iPhone, the decision to create the App Store for iOS has proven to be one of its most lucrative decisions in history. Along side, the Google Play Store that we all remember originally as the Android Market has also created one of the biggest ecosystems in mobile history. If you’re wondering which of these stores performs best when it comes to statistics and revenue, prepare to not be surprised.
App analytics company App Annie has just released its figures for a study performed in 150 countries. [...]
One of the coolest features we find in Google Now is the ability to activate a voice search by simply using the hot word “Ok Google”. Those of you lucky enough to be using the Google Now launcher have an even better experience, since this works from any area in the Home Screen, and those of you using a Moto X make us all envious. Up to just a couple of hours ago, this feature was only exclusive to those using your device in English US and UK modes, though we did know that Google was working on expanding this feature to other languages.
Google is currently rolling out [...]