Do you need a Google account if you buy an Android phone? Seriously asking. I swear when I set mine up I skipped the setup for the account. I added one only for the Play Store I thought.
As in added one after the fact of the phone being setup... IE, I could have gone without it if I didn't want the Play Store.
even webOS was significantly underrated. multitasking on my old Pre was wayyy better than on any of the crappy android or windows 8 phones i've had since
the card-view or whatever it was called as spot on... the current Android tries a similar approach but still doesn't feel quite the same...
If you think the system is working, ask someone who's waiting for a prompt.