tl:dr; Google phones have the purest Android. They come with Google apps
In Android ecosystem, phones launched by Google are stock Android (aka vanilla). It's the purest form of Android because Google developed the OS and tightly integrated with the hardware (earlier Nexus and now Pixel). They come with Google apps, you can't avoid them, unless you root your ...
How about looking for models supported by LineageOS? This is a ROM you can flash to your device, and you can even use it without the Google Apps (or flash them later)
Although they are not included in LineageOS as such due to legal
issues, users can flash the normal Google apps, including the
Google Play Store and Play Apps, with a Zip package, usually ...
The question has quite deep implications.
Android is not an OS, it is an "ecosystem".
There is Android Open Source Project. This is the "base" of the Android OS.
Hardly usable and you will not find pure AOSP on any factory phone.
Vendors get AOSP and build over it to make some phone firmware that fits their business model (it may as well ...
The risks involved by reflashing a firmware are :
In case something went wrong during the flashing process (You should have to be very careful while it is flashing tho), The phone will be PERMANENTLY RENDERED unbootable, or you might PREMANENTLY brick your phone.
I strongly suggest you to not to try to do anything above if your device has a warranty from it'...
I had the same problem as you, after looking in a lot of forums I managed to solve it, I hope it helps you.
My phone was no longer able to access the recovery, nor fastboot. After trying lots of Rom and various methods, I will explain to you which one I recovered the mobile, that is, losing the Imei, but for that there are many valid solutions.
Enter the ...