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Google scolded for depriving the poor of privacy as Chinese malware bundled on phones for hard-up Americans

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Re: I feel fortunate

How is making it easy(/possible) to uninstall software,"leaning on phone makers," ?

Just so that it's clear: Google does not in fact control the software on Android phones. Phone makers take Android, which is open source, and modify it to do whatever they want, be it supporting their particular type of camera or preventing users from uninstalling their crap.

If Google added modifications to make it easy to uninstall apps, phone makers could easily just remove these modifications. They can do whatever they want with the code they put on the phones they make, and Google cannot prevent them from doing it.

What people want Google to do here is to threaten phone makers, telling them that if they prevent users from uninstalling apps, then Google will stop working with them, will not let them install Google Play Services, etc.

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