Re: You can't fork Android
It's not a case of "rewarding Google for their practices" as the Pixel 3 will be a Google product so I would expect it to have Google apps as defaults.
Samsung set their apps to be default so why not expect Google to do the same on their own hardware?
"Nexus 7 went bad so fast"
Which model of Nexus 7? I have a 2013 model that is still in daily use; I've had to replace the battery two years ago but it's still working fine.