However, look at all the skins out there that have replacement applications? Just about every major manufacture has some home built application that replaces one of theses apps that shipped with Android. So, basically, only custom ROMs and Nexus devices used the AOSP applications for better or worst.
Google started removing Google Services from core Android for many reasons. This lead to removing the core AOSP apps (or deprecated them) and replacing them with "closed" apps instead. Custom ROM users didn't like the idea -- and can flash older apks (if you know where to look). Stock ROM people should matter much anyway because they are probably using something Sammy or HTC or something cooked up anyway.
If you want to wear a tin hat, then you could use an Amazon device which doesn't support Google Services ... oh wait ... have to use Amazon services instead....Oops.
People need to stop being upset at Google replacing them with "close" source applications. If you don't want them, go download your own replacements.
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