The linked article outlines the reason I much rather spend my money on something by Apple or Microsoft than anything that Google had its hands in.
With companies like Apple, Microsoft, HP, etc. life is pretty simple: They want my money, preferably loads of it and they don’t make a secret of it. For that I get products and services and no bullshit.
Google on the other hands just wants information, because knowledge is power and there is NO company more power hungry than Google. Not one.