Yank out Play Store, Chrome, Google Drive, Google Search, Google Music, Google Now, and Google Maps from Android OS. Then replace those with Amazon’s app store, the Opera Web browser, Cortana for voice assistant, Bing for search, Nokia Here for maps, Dropbox and Microsoft’s OneDrive for cloud storage and Spotify for music. What you get is supposedly a more open version of Android OS.
Blu is a Miami-based OEM. The CEO of Blu has been quoted as saying (source):
“When these other apps [listed above] are deeply integrated into the phone, most of the time they perform better than the Google apps”
Blu and Cyanogen are already in partnership talks with respect to latter’s plans to produce a more open version of Android OS. Cyanogen has been raising serious funds for the development of this proposed Android fork. However, Blu has at least confirmed that it will launch the first Cyanogen phone that will be stripped of Google’s suite of mobile apps. Normal Android apps will be able to run on it.
Can it be pulled off? I asked a few mobilistas about the above proposition and most replied that they would be interested in a smartphone running such a version of Android. Personally, on my Android device, Opera Mobile is currently my preferred browser, Dropbox my preferred cloud storage solution, and Nokia HERE my choice maps application. This proposed Android fork isn’t sounding like such a bad idea to me either.
I think that Cyanogen can succeed at this – and without putting a bullet through Google’s head, like the CEO claims. Perhaps, a wound in the foot at most and grab a nice share of Android’s market share.
What do you say?
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.