Reply to post: Not the same...

Microsoft's in-store Android looks desperate but can Google stop it?

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Not the same...

"Google, which dominates mobile with a marketshare of over 80 per cent, imposes conditions on phone makers that are just as rigid. A phone is useless without Google's proprietary mobile services"

There is a HUGE difference. Microsoft were imposing self imposed rules, the rule you mention isn't a rule at all, ANYONE can legitimately download Android source code, make their own distribution, and their provide their own set up features ontop of Android. The fact that few bother, is simply because the Google offerings are so good, you would need a bottomless pit of money to do so. Much like the amount of money Google has spent developing Docs, Maps, Gmail and so on, and providing them FOR FREE.

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