It has always been enforced, and only now it's being publicized. This is why when an update happens every manufacturer and carrier has to include Google, and state they have to bring the update by Google.
Finally Google is taking steps to make a more uniform system. I couldn't agree more, this hold OS thing has caused problems with customers getting the lastest updates. Campaines such as Verizon and Samuang has been enagaging in unfair practices like this for years. The whole Bing partnership, confused people, why was VZ even including competitor softawre in a Android device? Google probably lost revenue due to Verizon putting its on twist on things. Hopefully the carriers will stick to offering data, and leave developing software to Google.
Have any proof of that. Google has to approve the update to even go through. If the carrier and manufacturer like the update Google can say no from the start. There has ALWAYS been that stipulation within the ToU people have to sign if they want to manufacturer an Android device. Only now it's being publicized.
'...The whole Bing partnership, confused people, why was VZ even including competitor softawre in a Android device?...'
The answer is money....$500 milion worth: