“Google achieved its dominance in the smartphone operating
system market by giving Android to device-makers for ‘free’.
But in reality, Android phone makers who want to include must-have
Google apps such as Maps, YouTube or Play are required to pre-load
an entire suite of Google mobile services and to give them
prominent default placement on the phone,” the group argued.
There’s nothing “must-have” about these apps. They’re want-to-have. The ease of producing and existence of un-Googled Android forks (Kindle Fire, all those phones in China) refutes the premise. These companies are just whining because they’re getting their asses kicked.