It’s Google’s turn to question its VP of Android platform partnerships, and as usual, it’s focused on explaining to the jury why all these payments and contracts make sense if you’re trying to compete with the iPhone. This specific Kolotouros answer was to a question about what would happen if an Android app didn’t have Google’s contractually required apps out of the box.
I’m receptive to this argument: we at The Verge have decried fragmentation and bloatware for years, often asking why OEMs insist on reinventing the wheel by bundling apps that perform worse than the de facto platform defaults. But I didn’t know Google paid so much to keep it from being so.
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