Non-Google Experience Android smartphone appears likely to hit market this year
In an interview with Technology Review, Morgan said that many manufacturers are getting upset with Google. Morgan has his own bone to pick with the Mountain View crowd after Google forced OEM's to use their own location technology instead of Skyhook's. The company does provide technology that uses Wi-Fi networks to better pinpoint a phone's location.
part of a new Android handset that replaces the Google Experience the same way that Amazon replaced Google's apps on the Kindle Fire. Users of the tablet can use the Amazon Appstore, buy content from Amazon along with cloud-based storage.
There is no definitive word as to who is funding the development of the phone, but if it breaks Android off in another direction entirely, it is not going to be considered good news over at Google HQ.
source: TechnologyReview, TheVerge via Phandroid
1. snowgator (Posts: 3294; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Yeah, but the Amazon Kindle Fire is a very unique device. It already had a built in name recognition and a built in audience, and a huge consumer-based company willing to sell it at a loss to get sales over the life of the device. And the Tablet market is nowhere as near as cut-throat and crowded as the smartphone market. Not sure how Kindle Fire translates to success in any other way.
3. Gusto (Posts: 28; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
Hope they do this to make a better device and with good support. I wouldn't like a device who is marginally better with a worse support.
4. k1ng617 (Posts: 264; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
If it is Facebook that is in charge of the programming, just look to the Android app's consistently low reviews to get an idea of how poorly the entire UI will run.
My honest opinion: Stay away!
5. roscuthiii (Posts: 1873; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Hmm... could it be an Amazon/Facebook collaboration? Maybe come with Amazon's Appstore & UI and be socially networked through Facebook?