Well, Google, since it stopped being google.stanford.edu, has been a company that's interested in making money. There's nothing wrong with that, and in their core field of aggregating and searching data, I'd argue that they are probably still the best in the field. That's pretty astounding, really - 14 years or so of total market domination purely by being better than everyone else.
How they make money is the issue - they are now an advertising company. Sure, they are more subtle in the way they deliver ads, and they are better at targetting that advertising than most, because they are bloody good at aggregating and analysing data, but they are still an advertising company, not some omnipotent and benign entity showering us with mana at no cost. The mana that Google bestows on us has one goal - delivering more advertising to more people in order to deliver more money to Google - and has a cost.
Android is a gift from google to the telephony companies, *not* to users. Why are Google gifting the telephony companies with Android? Because it gets more Google based advertising to the masses - more ads delivered == more money. Because, apart from the initial device driver work, it's cost free to them, which means they can hit the market with smartphones at more or less the same cost as "dumb" phones.
So Google are piggybacking on the work of the Linux kernel developers to make money with a partially closed source operating system (which, again, is fine in my book, but then I wasn't anti-Tivo either). What I don't like is their claim that it's somehow "open". It's an enormous piece of marketing blather covering the fact that the user is paying over the odds for something that, by default, rams advertising down their throats. I don't believe ad-blockers last long on the Android Market (fair enough as well - their gaff, their revenue stream, their rules), but I may be wrong on that.
Ad-supported apps are the norm because it's pretty much impossible to even make it complicated to "pirate" Android apps, let alone make it hard. And, of course,
There's also the issue of collateral damage to the GPL via the unscrupulous chinese manufacturers are using Android but refuse to release the GPL code they've modified, but that's hardly Google's fault (although if they actually cared, they might do some policing)
And it all stems from one thing : advertising. I don't like it in my letterbox, and I don't like it on my computer. So yeah, it's personal, although I'm not the only one thinking this way : http://tightwind.net/2011/01/a.....-platform/
And yes, I am aware of the irony that I'm posting this from Chrome, that my primary email address is gmail, and my blog is (now) hosted by Google and has Google ads on it.
As another aside, I don't buy into the "Don't be evil" thing, either. "Don't be caught doing twattish things like MS did", maybe, and even then...