Google, don't go this way
I'm usually not a company fan, but Google is (was?) one of my favorite companies so far. I'm a big fan of free and open source software, and I always had a soft touch for companies boosting this software philosophy, like Google, but also like Sun (RIP) or IBM. Also I like Google R&D, and also their employee time model. They probably produce more interesting projects than any other company I've seen before. It looked like this is how software companies were going to be built from now on.
But suddenly, since a couple of years ago, Google started getting infected by some old-fashioned (Microsoft/Apple-like...) attitudes. Last of them is the inclusion of this in the Android license:
3.4 You agree that you will not take any actions that may cause or result in the fragmentation of Android, including but not limited to distributing, participating in the creation of, or promoting in any way a software development kit derived from the SDK.This is supposed to stop Chinese companies from developing OSs based on Android... This is just nonsense. Isn't Google using the Linux kernel to do the same thing? Yeah it's nice when you can use other people stuff to do your own, but block other people to do the same thing with yours. Awesome philosophy. Oh and by the way, this just sounds like the Oracle vs Google case, but now Google is on Oracle's shoes. Awesome nº2.
Now talking about trying to put Google+ everywhere. Now if you have a Google account, you also have a useless Google+ account. I already own a Faceboook account and already thinking of deleting it (as far as FB deletes anything...). I don't really like social sites, and I definitely don't want a new account on another one... but I have it anyway. The Apple way, precisely what I don't want (again). Oh, and now a Google+ account required for voting on Google Play? Sorry Google, but this is BULLSHIT.
And fortunately I'm not the only one with this opinion.
I hope Google CEO's will reconsider this decisions and remember what initially (I think) drove them into creating this company.