Re: You can't fork Android
I don't want any Google shite apps on the phone. I have an old S3 which has crap like Google Play Books, Google Play Newsstand, Google+, gmail, etc. I'm never going to use any of that stuff so why should it be there taking up memory? I want rid of it.
So disable the apps you don't plan to use and remove them from your homescreen; problem solved. You don't get the storage space back, but you knew that a portion of your storage would be used by vendor apps and firmware when you bought the phone. If you're that short on storage that the amount taken up by a few Google apps would even be noticeable, then you're screwed anyway, if not now then soon.