Sources: Google, Infrequently [Google Chrome Engineer]
quote: what I did say is that the competition in the mobile OS market is very limited, and that the notion that Google is not "charging" for what they are apparently "giving away for free" is heavily misguided.
quote: Even if you do not use google's services, websites that you visit may use Google's ads or analytics - both track your movements over the web as well as a lot of other info about what you do...so not using google isn't somehow shielding you from their tentacles.
quote: Android in itself may not make a case for google being a monopoly, but when it is considered together with all of googles business activities as a whole, you'd have to be very dim-witted to say that google is not effectively "controlling" the internet. Maybe not exclusively...yet.
quote: Being able to "do what you want" with android does not preclude it from becoming a contributing factor to google's eventual monopoly over modern communications.
quote: What I was saying: Google is giving Android away for free.You can use, modify and do whatever you want with it and don't have to pay Google anything in whatever form you want. ONLY if you want to use the optional Google services like Maps, Store, ... you have to accept some restricitions, otherwise, Google is giving it away for free and nothing is misguided.
quote: If you're lazy and turn on Cookies, remain logged in, ... only then Google/Facebook/... is able to track you. You can surf in private mode, or just don't use the comfort functions like always logged in.
quote: No ad company can track you across more than 1 session or even more than 1 browser window. But people are lazy, people enjoy using the like button on each site, that's not an issues of Google, but of the people. I'm free to not use and even block it, and you know what? I blocked it.
quote: Amazon, MS, Apple, Facebook, are just too large and popular to change this.
quote: So as long as you can use on Android whatever software you like, and as long as Google publishes the source code of the latest iterations and as long as you are free to use it without Google, there's no reason to fear.