re: why do they have to ... everything up?
This says it all for what's missing.
Google will invest in KaiOS Inc to ensure search, YouTube and Maps come to KaiOS devices.
What's missing? Slurping everything the user does that's what.
Another class of devices I won't touch because of Google.
I agree, why do they have to fuck everything up for US!
PErhaps they are getting scared of the growing Amazon domination of the world and don't want to become a bit player?