By blocking the unlocked Android Dev 1 phones from accessing the premium applications, Google is protecting those companies that are offering products for sale from possible theft.
It should also be easy to understand the developers' point a view. Here they are, the premium users of the Android platform, and they are blocked from some of the best applications available to the device. Android Authority's Michael Oryl writes, "If I had gone out and paid $400 for this unlocked device, I know that I'd be pissed off about this limitation." No kidding.
I have to wonder if Google attempted to find a happy medium before instituting this policy. Surely there could be a way to get the developers access to these applications with some sort of guarantee for the publishers of those apps that they won't be ripped off.
Until a compromise of some sort is worked out, Android Dev 1 owners will get the short end of the stick.