Yandex Offers Fee-Free Android Firmware Kit So OEMs Can Ditch Google Services

TechCrunch

Continuing to diversify beyond search, Russian tech giant Yandex has today launched a complete firmware kit for Android smartphones — called Yandex.Kit — that offers an alternative suite of Yandex services for OEMs and carriers wanting to try their hand at going it alone without Google.

How can they do that? By building on the open source flavour of Android that does not come packaged up with Mountain View’s software. Yandex then steps in with its kit to make it easier for device makers to ditch the Google-flavoured version of Android by substituting its own suite of essential apps and features.

In a blog post announcing the new Kit, Yandex described it as “a comprehensive, out-of-the-box solution, versatile and technologically honed enough to be offered to original device manufacturers as firmware that they can install on their devices shipped to the Russian market”.

The kit is fee-free, and while Yandex is…

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