but lovely Google only has 11 of the 38 pre-installed apps on a Galaxy S7.
That is because Samsung loads a boatload of trash which desperately tries and FAILS to compete with stock Google apps which it MUST include and must position in the correct places in the UI as mandated by its OEM license. If the platform was indeed "open" and "free" as Google tries to claim it would have been _ALLOWED_ to replace the stock ones.
While some of the failures are based on merit (Samsung software sucks bricks), the mandatory positioning would have precluded fair competition even if there was merit in the first place.
The comparison is doubly disingenuous as Google is comparing a third party phone to "native phones". The correct comparison there would have been iPhone to Lumia to Pixel which surprise, surprise results in a 100%/100%/100% gif.
Alternatively, we can compare a Windows phone by let's say LG or HTC to an android phone by same HTC. We will find that the stock to vendor apps ratio is not any different. So, if anything, this proves that all of the usual suspects are massively abusing their monopoly here (same as MSFT did 15 years ago vs Netscape) so this is actually an open-and-shut case. The old Netscape ruling applies - it finds that the "mandatory positioning of apps on desktop as prescribed by the late 90-es Windows OEM agreement" is anti-competitive. Google is literally doing the same, it should stop wining and prepare to open the wallet (if it does not want a mandatory break-up order).