I understand that whilst Android is free and open source, in order to use Google services, an OEM has to be approved to join the Open Handset Alliance (OHA).
One of the biggest additions to Android for Jelly Bean was Google Now. Just wondering, if I buy a non-OHA phone, does that mean it won't come with Google Now? If so, what will be in its place? Will it just be the old Google search app?
The other thing is, can non-OHA phones run Google services that are embedded into apps? For instance, if an app uses Google Maps, would it still run on my non-OHA phone?