believe it or not there is an icon for Hotmail there as well as Yahoo, Hulu, Facebook, Twitter and the rest is Google apps
Why does this surprise you? Android, another Google-authored operating system (but for smartphones as you likely already know), comes with bookmarks in the browser for all sorts of non-Google properties.
What's with this cynical belief that Google is so self-serving?
Your statements are similar to those who believe Google tries to lock users into its services without ever having visited The Data Liberation Front.
Are you jealous of Google's success or something petty like that?
...with another OS from a giant company that's trying to tie all its services together to lock you in.
Never heard of The Data Liberation Front, I presume?
Java/Dalvik development only
As has been mentioned in previous posts, native C++ development is available via the Android NDK. Even native access to OpenGL is supported.
with their own version of the app store and installation verification
I guess you never clicked on a URL (in the built-in browser on the phone) that points straight to an Android Package (.apk) file and simply allowed the phone to install it. No "app store" required.
What we've found is that code reviews take forever...
Ugh. Are you reviewing each individual commit (where code reviews are quick and very effective), or are you rounding up a bunch of developers in a conference room and reviewing an entire module using an overhead projector?
Peer-to-peer reviews of individual diffs using good workflow tools have been very effective at several places I have worked and in open-source projects to which I have committed.
Some of the fastest team development velocity I have experienced has been with peer code reviews within the team.
A good style guide also helps...
Kiss your keyboard goodbye!