Despite my dislike and distrust of Google, I use an AndroidOne phone. The EU’s ruling that Google Android violates EU antitrust laws is both welcome and disappointing since it is weaker than I would like.
But it still has the potential to open up Android on so many fronts:
Android Forks – example given Amazon’s FireOS
Search engine choice – this could be huge. Especially for regional/national/language specific search engines. For instance, before Google the UK used to have dozens even hundreds of UK-specific and UK local search engines and directories. Most all died. And, today it’s hard to gain any kind of traction for development of any type of search engine with Google locking down the market. Ditto other markets like EU search, Germany, France or even smaller countries.
Maps – another huge area.
Email – along with other web services like Calendar, Photos, etc.
Browsers – again this could be a big boost if an OEM can make Firefox, Opera or others the default browser.
Still, we need more than just two mobile OS’s. So I’m glad I’m getting a true Linux phone early in 2019.
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