Not really the same. (Score: 2, Insightful) by email@example.com on 2015-12-28 17:35 (#Z02A) I don't like Microsoft having that ability, because they screwed up the design of the operating system to allow crazy things to work that never should have worked, and are committed to maintaining that crazyness to keep old apps working on new versions of the OS. The problem with auto updates, is that Micrsoft isn't perfect in testing against all of the crazy workarounds they have in the OS, so each company really needs to be able to test and verify the updates first, to make sure it doesn't bork their computers. Google doesn't have nearly as much craziness going on. Nothing on the scale of Microsoft. So, there is much less of a likely hood that they'll screw up my phone. But conceptually, yes, giving a third party ( even the OS vendor) root access to update anything on the device is scary for security and privacy, I get that. I guess if you are already thinking you shouldn't trust google, you probably shouldn't be running Google Play Services in the first place, Stick to AOSP + Freedroid. Re: Not really the same. (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on 2016-01-10 14:58 (#107NR) What troubles me is the bait-and-switch nature of EULAs these days. I'm a big fan of Android and have a lot of time invested in the platform (curating my music and apps, for a start). If they introduce a term in the EULA that I object to at some point in the future, along with a "please don't use the platform if you don't want to comply" clause, my choices are either suck it up or stand by my value and abandon the platform - not an easy choice to make.See also: "How to boil a frog" Re: Not really the same. (Score: 1) by firstname.lastname@example.org on 2016-01-11 11:58 (#10A6P) Android doesn't have an EULA. You may have to agree to terms when linking your gmail account and first using the Play Store, but those things are optional. You can choose to use non-gmail accounts, and a 3rd party app store, without Google being involved at all, and never agreeing to their terms. The more intrusive part is OEM terms, which you can't always avoid. But since several companies make Android phones and tablets, you can shop around for the license you dislike the least.