Dave_Hybrid - 12:00 pm on Sep 24, 2011 (gmt 0)
Something else worth noting.
Schmidt said: Android does not come with Google apps pre-installed and Google search as default on all phones, when they do pre install, the only thing installed is gmail and you can easily remove it.
Reality: I say with some conviction all android phones come with maps, places, nav, gmail and talk installed and Google as the default search, not one competitor alternative. You cannot remove them, go on try. Even if you force 'root' the device using 3rd party hacks (something 90% of users just simply dont have the knowledge to do) and remove Google software you'll quickly find you cant download ANY apps from the market and have to hard reset (reinstall) the OS.
This locking in. In it's finest form and is no different from MS not offering a different browser choice in Windows. In fact it's worse, not only is their no choice, it's dam hard to swap even if you wanted to. I bet Google jumped on the MS bandwagon, then does exactly the same thing. Over 90% market share because they offer an OS for free, then they pull the tricks later down the path. Sound familiar? They perfected it with search/adwords and now this IS their business model. Bait and switch.
Do no evil? Really? C'mon, give it up already. You're pulling these stunts in public, we can see you!