This might just be the easiest way to disable all the spying by default. It takes days to turn off most of the spying that occur by default. Why are the default options in Apps almost always the opposite of what they should be?
So after waving the 'Open OS' flag for years, they're slowly choking up things? Thats so Google!
Anonymous, 28 Mar 2018Many people prefer the cheap brands, because they don't want to or can't pay for the overprice... moreCheap phones? There are many good phones available. Don't want to spend too much? Flagship isn't for you. Just buy any mid range phone from big brands or even low end. But not craps like Micromax or Vivo or Blu...
Not going to complain. I see where this is going too.
As an example we have a BluBoo (poo poo) Edge "phone like thing" for testing. It's HORRIBLE and it has spyware buried in the default launcher (can't remove / disable it). Dumb thing came up with this message the other day. Couldn't stop laughing.
And on a phone like that, when Maps or Gmail crashes, who do we the end users blame? GOOGLE. It's not their fault the framework on that phone got crammed in there and screwed up. It's the manufacturer (in the case of Bluboo that might be a stretch) who decided to take short cuts to maximize profits. Forcing a bit of software QC at this point isn't a bad thing. Google gets a chance to see the software before it goes to the end user, avoids issues like that phone. Keep them honest, keep our data safe.
Just my 2 cents but the consumers win in the end of this one.
very nice Google. get rid of these nonsense illegal crap messing up the OS. While you're at it, you should stop support for older versions so we can have a less fragmented android
Friendly reminder: it's Google's OS, they can do whatever they want really. We can always look elsewhere if we don't like it. Free choice is alive.
Gmobilize, 28 Mar 2018jeez, you must be living under a rock, with treble in line, flashing is just about to get better....Forget him, he's not worthy to have an Android phone.. he'd better buy a fruit phone instead
The only problem with not flashing custom ROMs is manufacturers not updating their phones after 2 years.. Why my perfectly working moto X style won't get 8.0??? I need to flash it to 8.0...
Newtmas, 28 Mar 2018I agreed. So there are no cheap and bad quality android phones will available. That's a great ... moreVery true. My previous phone was crap. My current phone is twice expensive but smooth.
Newtmas, 28 Mar 2018I agreed. So there are no cheap and bad quality android phones will available. That's a great ... moreGood viewpoint. However, it does have a bad side: that of monopoly. The door for that has been widened with that move.
My two android phones are certified. If you do everything legal all will be fine.
Anonymous, 28 Mar 2018As usual, people jump to conclusions and complain without actually thinking first. No, it'... moreI agreed. So there are no cheap and bad quality android phones will available. That's a great moved from google to secure the operating system and to make android better. It's mean that we all can get a good android phone without worrying about fake and clone things. Yah it might be little bit expensive but those devices that have been certified are more secure and will get software updates especially from sony, htc and google itself. Better buy something that can last long than waste your money buy a cheap phone with bad quality control
Google is just trying to be Apple except it doesn't provide long term support to Android unlike Apple
MarcioR, 28 Mar 2018Finally, no more cheap clones or cheap "brands". Good move Google, love it.Many people prefer the cheap brands, because they don't want to or can't pay for the overpriced brands. So it's bad move from google, as usually.
Anonymous, 28 Mar 2018As usual, people jump to conclusions and complain without actually thinking first.
No, it'... moreYou are an example of people who jump to conclusions and complain without actually thinking first.
Yes, it's a bad practice. It artificially creates problems that were non-existent until now.
"Certified Android devices offer users consistent experiences when using apps from Google and the Play Store [… as well as Google Play Protect]. We acknowledge that some manufacturers are building and selling devices that have not been certified by Google."
Basically it means that google will block any phone that does not accomodate hacking by facebook and google, and each and every affiliate of these two shameless privacy and human rights violators. Wow.
really, google wastes time on this, everyone knows once you root you can make the phone look like any brand & model you want to. pfffft