Re: Isn't Android open source?
Legally, I don't think it makes a difference. It would be way too easy for just anybody to claim that whatever it is they're doing is "for customer protection". In fact, it would certainly be in Google's interest to shut down phone makers' apps – they're practically all competing with Google's own products.
If the consumers need protection, the natural solution is for governments to do it. Not giant corporations with ulterior motives.