Sure, Amazon is building on Google’s OS, and it sells Android apps originally developed for Android in its own Appstore for the Kindle Fire products, but that does not mean it owes Google any debt of gratitude or anything. The company has told various news outlets that its default search (and who knows if you can change it at this point) will be Microsoft’s Bing. Amazon is probably getting some cash for the decision…as well as taking money for ads on the new Kindle Fires.
Google obviously will not be pleased with the news, but that is part and parcel of “being open.”
Perhaps Google should start putting its apps on the Amazon Appstore so that it can still gain exposure on the Kindle Fire platform, or perhaps we will see some APKs floating around that let users put Google services on Kindle Fires manually. Here’s to hoping.