Originally Posted by Ricwin
Okay, so get rid of all those Google Apps, Play Store, Chrome browser, etc: How does the average user turn that expensive brick into a functional smart phone?
Base Android is actually pretty good. The manufacturers own operating systems such as EMUI and TouchWiz are the problems for bloat and in house platforms which dont support universal content (looking at you Huawei App Gallery).
Those are not Operating Systems. Android is an OS, Touchwiz is a skin, launcher, and app package. It is still Android.
As for your question, Android does have a built in browser that is not Chrome. It is possible for them to download an APK, enable dev settings, enable installing from unknown sources, and then adding whatever store they want. It is just not easy or convenient, and most people do not even know those other stores exist.