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Roderick Gadellaa
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Designer, front-end developer, all things creative. Has opinions, few facts :D
Designer, front-end developer, all things creative. Has opinions, few facts :D

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With Google+'s impending shutdown, I think I'm going to spend a little more time on Twitter. It's a lot noisier than G+ but in the last 2~3 days I had some good interactions over there. It's actually pretty nice in its own way.

In case you want to find me:
https://mobile.twitter.com/RGadellaa
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But phone manufacturers may not actually have to shoulder that cost: Google is also offering separate agreements to cover some or all of the licensing costs for companies that choose to install Chrome and Google search on their devices as well [..]

Haha sneaky bastards :P
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Sweet! Works for Youtube without a subscription, appearently.
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[OEM's] can try [to release Android phones without Google's blessing]. And ultimately, that means that Google has to be careful. Before, Android phone makers had no alternative — now, they do.

Meh. Not so much.

First of all, this whole thing only applies to Europe. I doubt that Samsung or other manufacturers will release phones without Google software just for the European market.

Secondly, the Play Store's - and, more importantly, Google Play Services' - dominance is still a thing. According to the article itself:

The vast majority of Android apps are distributed through the Google Play Store — and many of those apps rely on Google Play services to function. Abandoning Google would mean abandoning the Play Store, which can mean shipping a device without Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and so on. Device makers would have to rely on an alternative app store and convince developers to distribute their apps on it, and in many cases rework those apps to function without Google services, too.

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Google could finally face serious competition for Android. In the EU and if they find a way to get developers on board a third party app store and convince them not to rely on Google Play Services.
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Heh. Pretty nice.
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What actually happened with #YouTube yesterday.

Haha so good.

Via twitter
https://twitter.com/randal_olson/status/1052641807752822785
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FFS Google. Get your act together. Taking a 30% cut and not showing the decency to have an actual person look into these matters is pretty bad.

I have personal experience with the Play Store removing apps and I can confirm it's a mess.
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