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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by mutantsushi on Sun 17th Mar 2013 05:56 UTC
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What about Core Google Apps, most importantly including Google Maps?
I wouldn't expect that Google would just jump up to help provide Samsung with Tizen Map client.
(which isn't a technical issue with the App Compatability Layer, but a licence issue)
I guess users could side-load 'unlicenced' copies of Android Google Maps, but is that a real solution?
We have already seen Apple stumble here. Apparently in-browser GMaps isn't good enough.
Does Samsung have another map provider in the works?

Google really needs to step up their game.
Primarily in terms of increasing the value of the Android ecosystem.
There can be technical approaches which can't be ripped off with App Compatability Layers,
and there can be hard-ass lawyer approaches, like introducing terms to Google Play app vendors like Goole Play exclusivity, and at minimum disallowing them from also using stores which aren't real Android stores.

I really do think Sailfish and Firefox OS have a good chance of taking advantage of similar opportunities, with Android App compatability but a compelling native experience as well. These also face the same issue re: Maps though.

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