Re: Maybe they're just jealous
My favorite quote on this subject, taken from an Ars Technica article, is that "Android is open--except for all the good parts". If you ask a typical Android device owner what Android is, they'll include the Google apps that make for such a nice experience. However, those apps are mostly proprietary. Over time, Google has replaced most of the original open source Android apps with much better ones, and you need to agree to Google terms to use those apps. Consequently, a vendor wishing to start with open source Android without agreeing to those terms needs to rebuild all those great apps, which greatly increases the expense of such an effort. The Ars Technica article is a great read and goes into far more detail. I'd provide the URL but it's not permitted. However, you can find the article by searching for "Ars Technica Google's iron grip on Android".