They never opened up their critical code of course, and they will leverage this for all their worth against competitors like Facebook, but at least my Android-using friends can see some relief as users of the Android OS. However, as I have mentioned before this may also be the first step in supplanting Android with the ChromeOS - especially for tablets. ChromeOS has much more versatility for a tablet framework than Android if they can nail down a proper touch interface to replace the keyboard/pointing device interface currently native to ChromeOS.
But we still haven't seen the ravening hords of Android apologists trooping in to proclaim this was the plan all along (well except for sprokkets, but since I have him ignored, I can't really use him as an example in good faith now can I?).
Perhaps we need to revisit the Android (Open) Rules:
Whatever is closed, curated or controlled is bad.
Whatever is open unfettered and free is good.
No app shall be fee'd.
No app shall be judged.
No app shall restricted.
No app shall be without ad.
All ads are good.
because they are changing or weren't really what you thought they were:
Android Real Rules:
Open is good in theory and in press, but must be...directed.
Closed curated or controlled is only good when it reinforces Google apps and prevents fragmentation.
No app shall compete with a Google app.
Some apps are bad.
Some apps need to be restricted
Google's needs trump user's needs, handset makers' needs and carriers' needs.
(credit to Animal Farm)
Palm slaps head - I wonder, how does Amazons App Market factor into this decision - after all, this sort of thing rarely happens in a vaccuum?