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Six years ago, in November 2007, the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) was announced. The original iPhone came out just a few months earlier, capturing people's imaginations and ushering in the modern smartphone era. While Google was an app partner for the original iPhone, it could see what a future of unchecked iPhone competition would be like....
...Today, things are a little different. Android went from zero percent of the smartphone market to owning nearly 80 percent of it. Android has arguably won the smartphone wars, but "Android winning" and "Google winning" are not necessarily the same thing. Since Android is open source, it doesn't really "belong" to Google. Anyone is free to take it, clone the source, and create their own fork or alternate version.
I read a few articles like that and I agreed, but lately I've been thinking differently. Android is Open source but the best apps are not, everyone is free to develop apps that are good enough or better than that but few are willing to do it for free
So, I'm not sure where your disagreement is.
There's no question, anyone that wants to take Android and de-Google it is going to face an uphill struggle. I can see why they might want to do it, but, surely cannot be worth the investment in developing a new ecosystem, and encouraging App developers to play along.