This is all a bit stupid. If Google want to lock out Orange or if Orange don't want to get into bed properly with Google it just means that we Orange subscribers are potentially going to be unable to get proper use out of our phones. Eventually there'll be some kind of App that comes along that everyone with an Android phone will declare to be the reason to have one and we'll be unable to join in.
I suggest you email gadget/phone websites to get this flagged up, they'll probably be happy to report it and it'll put pressure on Orange to get it sorted. Tell your friends, etc.