(to be clear to you here, I'm not a Google hater. I think GOOG is under a smear campaign from MSFT (e.g. on the privacy front) and I try to defend it when I see it come up.
I really want to love Android and Google; lots of good things have come from Google. But it seems to me that in <i>this particular case</i> you don't want anyone from the "outside" (i.e. outside Google and handset OEMs and carriers) to be let in to the party. From the article, it is clear that this is leading to additional work on your end and generally isolation of Google from the rest of, well, everybody who's not in your list of People Google Cares About. I'm apparently in the group of People Google Doesn't Care About (unless you want money from me). I kind of take offense at that.
Please be clear: what kind of community do you wish to foster with Android? This seems like the key point here.