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[Q] Android GMS Certification - Do's & Don'ts?

30th April 2014, 09:02 AM   |  #1  
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Hi there folks,

I wondered if somebody could perhaps help me clarify something.

I am buying devices from China that are coming as Android handsets with Google Play installed and full use of the app store.
(They don't come with Google's other apps installed like Maps, Gmail etc)

I have done some searching online and cannot find the correct answer to my query in regards to Googles policy on the certification an Android build should have. Here is what i've been given from the manufacturers:

Level 1, free use of the Android operating system, but not embedded GMS on Android OS;
Level 2, embedded part of the GMS service on Android OS, but the phone can not be marked with Google trademarks;
Level 3, embedded all GMS services on Android OS, you can use Google trademarks. If in case the built-in Google GMS services in android phone, Brand holder should apply GMS from google.

From my understanding and reading online, Level 1 is a Developer Certificate and 2 and 3 would be a GMS signed certificate.

Can anybody help clarify what the letter of the law (or at least Google's policy) is on this please as I'm struggling to find solid information online.

Any information and links would be much appreciated.


6th October 2014, 03:14 PM   |  #2  
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GMS Certification
This seems a mysterious issue. I too seek GMS certification. I would welcome any assistance on even how to contact Google on this issue.
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