Google is an app developer, they get help from public on some of their apps & has their own pre-set of apps just like anyone does. Unlike the rest there is an open community to report issues & such & their SDK, APIs are available publicly.
Symbian is apart of the same community, so is maemo & it is worked by Nokia they also do the same things. It isnt really closed like ppl think.
Manufacturers & the carrier do things to the handset. They are the ones to load the bloatware. Google has to have some control since Android is theirs to Nokia has Symbian/Maemo.
Well, again as I said before, Android is in a somewhat similar situation to Maemo and Symbian. Maemo is limited to Nokia, Symbian is not. However, both Maemo and Symbian are in some ways more open than Android.
MeeGo is a different animal from Android, a totally open true mobile Linux distro, hosted by the Linux Foundation. When it becomes to market it will be easily the most powerful, flexible mobile OS available, just as Maemo is now.
Basically, my point is that Android is not as open as they want everyone to think
it is. 'Do no evil' is just a marketing slogan now, not a way of doing business. Google is no particular friend to anyone. Certainly not giving me any warm fuzzy feelings. I had to hold my nose while ordering that G2 for my wife, nice as it is.