Originally Posted by JD Gumby
Yeah, if you have to go through so much trouble to enable a feature that there is no reasonable excuse for not including (and "to make people more dependant on our paid cloud services" is not reasonable), the device isn't worth it in the first place.
Actually, they are reasonable "excuses", at least from a business standpoint, that consumers may or may not agree with. Apart from trying to keep the cost down, Google, along with other vendors, are trying push consumers to cloud services(they aren't all pay services BTW...), whether we like it or not. Personally I don't, but overall find that the device has been worth the inconvenience.