Tianyu, a Chinese phone manufacturer, has announced its intention to release a smartphone called the iQQ. The phone will feature a Nvidia Tegra 2 (1 GHz), 1 GB of RAM, 4.3 in 800×480 display, 5 MP camera, and a 2000 mAh battery. If it sounds like a great phone, that’s because it is. However, the interesting part of this phone is not its hardware.
Tencent, a giant in the instant messaging world in China, has developed a custom Android ROM for the device that, hold your breath, removes all native Google services. In their build, all of the Google apps that really make Android great are replaced with QQ branded Tencent offerings. The similarities however, are striking.