bakedjake - 3:44 am on Nov 20, 2012 (gmt 0)
So, I have to ask: When did Google change all things Android into being under 100% under their corporate control?
Last time I checked, AOSP is freely available, and you can compile it and use it however you'd like subject to the terms of the license (which I believe is stock Apache 2.0 license). I believe Amazon and a few carriers have third party markets, and lots of manufacturers customize the handset experience - I see TV commercials for them all of the time. I don't know anyone who uses Google+ on their Android handsets with any regularity, but I know lots of people who use Facebook.
If you don't like the terms of the stock SDK redistributable, download the AOSP source tree and compile your own SDK redistributable. Then you can promote platform fragmentation all you'd like.
The hyperbole is a bit silly.