Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Mar 2013 17:09 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Yesterday, during the most insane launch event in the history of technology, Samsung unveiled its next big flagship, the Galaxy S4. I really couldn't care less about this new phone - another plastic phone that looks exactly like its predecessor - but the flurry of interviews with Samsung executives that followed is far more interesting. With them, Samsung has repositioned Tizen - and if you connect the dots, something interesting is starting to appear.
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About apps
by Zlogic on Fri 15th Mar 2013 19:04 UTC
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Even if Samsung achieves compatibility with most Android apps, they still need to convince app developers to publish stuff in their store in addition to Google Play. Since nowadays everything is about app stores you can't simply download an app from the publisher's website and copy to a device, and obtaining Google Play access on a device not blessed by Google is out of the question.

And if anyone used a cheap Chinese Android device, Android is much less usable without Google's online services.
Why Samsung should be developing a new OS instead of simply replacing Google services with their own in stock AOSP Android?
If they don't like releasing device updates to the latest Android version or following Google's guidelines, just wait until they try
- developing their own map solution
- convincing major email providers to open proper access
- negotiating with hundreds of major app developers to publish their Android apps in Samsung's store
- organizing payments for their app store in the countries where the phones are sold

Edited 2013-03-15 19:10 UTC

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