Google Pulls Camera App Out of Android
Top message: Android becoming closed? by Zpike
Replying to: Re: Android becoming closed? by Vmac39
Re: Android becoming closed?
The other perspective is that Google Android is becoming massively better by doing exactly what you described - enabling easier updates of Google's apps using the Play Store as the delivery mechanism. Given the difficulties with pushing updates through device manufacturers and carriers, it makes a lot of sense to do it this way. Like it or not, you have to give Google some credit for trying to improve its own ecosystem, even if that means that the open version of the ecosystem has to stand on its own two feet without Google's help on more and more apps. In a sense, that's probably better in the long run anyway.
I don't think that AOSP is dead because of these apps being removed and that Tizen or any other OSs are the de-facto future as a result. The Android platform is still a very good one to use. Just look at what Amazon and other companies are doing with it without Google's apps. Sure, they don't have the marketshare that the Google-blessed Android ecosystem has, but other open platforms don't and likely won't either. This is the disconnect between our desires for an open platform and a successful ecosystem. We have both separately already, but being open led to a host of fragmentation problems for Android. It's not at all easy to have both together.
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