Now, the flip side is that most Android privacy matters operate via a system of defaults — and most people aren't gonna take the time to navigate the labyrinth of related settings.
And still today, that flexibility is a powerful part of what makes Android appealing to companies like Samsung, which want to push their own profit-turning services and to handle software the way they see fit just as much as they want to hawk hardware.
Critically, that same level of choice and control is a huge part of what allowed Android to catch on initially and then grow into its position as the world's most widely used operating system.
When you buy an iPhone, for better or sometimes for worse, you get The Apple Way™ — the Apple way of balancing privacy with function, the Apple way of providing Apple-controlled software updates to Apple-made devices, the Apple way of forcing you to see a static grid of all your app's icons on your home screen all the time, and the Apple way of having to use Apple apps as your default browser, email service, mapping service, and so on.
It's true that most Android device-makers do an embarrassingly bad job at providing software updates to their devices and that you as the user are the one who suffers from that negligence, even with the way Google has made OS updates themselves less all-important on Android than they are on iOS.