Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 12th May 2013 23:38 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Last week our HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S4 head-to-head concluded that Samsung no longer makes the best Android phone. But after developments this week, I wonder whether Google wants Samsung to continue making Android phones at all." Yup.
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by orfanum on Mon 13th May 2013 01:23 UTC
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The title of the article is biased, in my view; if you read the entire piece, a more neutral strapline would probably read "Google's mercenary ways with Android come home to roost."

But then again, Western media and South Korea together has never been a match made in heaven: having not long come back from the place, where according to the BBC even, my maekju sessions were in constant danger of being inconvenienced by nuclear strikes, I think I can attest to this.

However, two more serious points, one more related to this story than the other but both relevant.

The first is that there is already a fair degree of dislike of and distrust of Samsung overall amongst the SK population itself; it's not hard to imagine that niche tech-geek grumblings about Apple's walled garden may be nothing compared to the eventual storm of protest worldwide against the walled fortress of Samsung on the part of lesser-mortal consumers if the company ends up replicating its local reputation in other markets.

Secondly, Samsung is huge and highly, succesfully diversified. Google, big though it is, is 'just' a tech company-despite rumours of a Google Car I don't see that Google is really lining up other major irons in the fire in any substantial way. This is important, and Samsung has the kind of portfolio which means that it may be the corporation that develops the cure for cancer in 10-15 years. Even if Samsung's strategy in this market segment were to fail utterly through disenchanting consumers in the way I have also suggested, Samsung won't (in this sense, it's company history is remarkably similar to Nokia's).

Google's risks here are far, far higher, especially in light of not having entirely succeeded in pulling off an Apple with a range of hardware that across the eco-system piece is surpringly indifferent, whereas, as even this rather negative article admits, Samsung is there, or beyond, already.


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