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I'm not sure what you mean by "refuse to actually do anything" -- Google regularly removes content from YouTube when receive they a DMCA notice. In fact, they've been criticized for being too aggressive about pulling content.
Of course, no where in this article or any of its sources does it claim that this is an issue for apps in the Play Store. Most malware is found in shady, third-party stores. Further, Dilger's claim that "FinFisher is installed by simply visiting a Web link or opening a text message that disguises itself as a system update" is misleading. Android devices block third-party app stores by default. Unless a user has gone into their security settings, they don't be able to...
What iron fist would that be? The iron fist that released an operating system under an open-source license which lets their competitors (e.g. Amazon, Baidu) build good products? The iron fist that paid a competitor nearly a billion dollars to develop Firefox, including a version that can be installed and made default on Android?Again, if you just want Android without restrictions, just checkout the AOSP source and build away. But if you voluntarily join the OHA, then you...
Meaning, they're not a monopoly. Nice try at a smear, though.
  Google is not a monopoly. I never claimed that Microsoft's obnoxious browser selection screen had an analogue on Android. I was responding to a claim that Android users should be able to change their default browser and search engine. They can. And you don't need an in-your-face popup to make it happen. But more to the point, it's hard to see how one could declare Google a monopoly, since users can rip out and replace most Android OS components if they so choose.   This...
What is your justification for this claim? Users on iOS aren't forced to choose a search engine? Users on desktop OSes aren't either (again, aside from Windows in the EU).
  rsdofny said that Google was monopolizing the search market (they aren't) and that Android users should be able to "pick and choose the search engine they want." Android users can do this. And, further, they can choose alternatives for many other parts of the OS, in contrast to iOS where users can't change app defaults or replace OS components with alternatives. Given that, it's pretty galling that AI commenters would insinuate that Google is being anti-competitive. On...
  No, it's in the settings. Same as on every other browser.
  You can change your search engine in both the stock Android browser and in Chrome for Android. You can also change to a different browser entirely, as well as changing your default mapping app, email app, phone dialer, text messaging app, speech synthesizer, soft keyboard, etc. In fact, you can release Android builds that don't use any Google services at all, as Amazon and Baidu are doing.
Yup, AI botched on this one. Google launched 45-degree imagery back in 2009 - http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2009/12/changing-your-perspective.html.They also launched photogrammetric 3D (the same type used in Flyover) last summer, a few months before Apple did; although, in fairness, Apple does have more cities covered. Interestingly, the new photogrammetric 3D is only available in Google Earth on Android and iOS. The desktop versions don't have it yet. But there are...
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