Russian search giant Yandex is releasing an Android phone

Russian internet company Yandex is releasing its first smartphone, simply called the Yandex Phone. The entry-level Android 8.1 phone will be sold in Russia, complete with Yandex’s own maps, weather, and GPS apps. However, the Yandex Phone isn’t the company’s only new product: recently, Yandex has dabbled in smart speakers, investments with Uber, and even self-driving cars.

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The Yandex Phone also comes with Alice, the Russian search giant’s take on a virtual assistant that launched in October of last year. Otherwise, this low-end Android device has fairly standard specs: a 5.65-inch screen at 2160 x 1080 resolution with no notch, a Snapdragon 630 processor, 4GB of RAM, a headphone jack, USB-C port, and…

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