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

Charles 9 Silver badge

Re: Not the same...

"There's lots of OEMs who'd actually pay Google for the right to use the App Store in isolation, but for some reason, downloading and updating third-party software requires a phone that's running Google Docs and gMail too.. Google says everything is interconnected, which is odd, because the result of United States v. Microsoft said that this was a bullshit excuse nearly twenty years ago... and it's still a bullshit excuse today."

Except there actually IS one thing tying them all together inextricably: Google Play Services. Without it, NONE of Google's apps work, full stop, and it's so internally interconnected that trying to extricate the stuff that's needed to run the Play Store without taking excess baggage along for the ride would be like asking Microsoft to open-source Windows 7: you'd have better luck forecasting a blizzard in the inferno.

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