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I think that’s true about Apple regarding hardware. They like to use connectors that nobody else uses. But Google and Microsoft are no better when it comes to letting you install your own software or making their software compatible with others.
For example some Android phones make it easy to get root access but a lot don’t. And although considered mostly open-source, almost all Android apps depend on Google’s proprietary Play libraries. You can fully erase and install a new gapps-free Android OS (AOKP is nice) but most popular apps won’t work. Not that you could obtain them anyway. Despite being developed by 3rd parties, they are exclusively distributed via the Google play store which you can’t access without gapps. Contrast this to an open system like Firefox’s Add-ons, where you install through the add-ons menu but can also download from a website then install like any other software.