Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Jan 2014 22:40 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

In early January, while the rest of the consumer technology world at CES marveled at the sheer size of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy tablet, Google execs were dismayed by what they saw on the screen of the massive 12.1-inch slate - a fancy new user interface called Magazine UX.


Multiple sources familiar with the companies' thinking say the two technology giants began hammering out a series of broad agreements at CES that would bring Samsung's view of Android in line with Google's own. The results of the talks, which have only just begun dribbling out to the public, also underscore the extent to which Google is exerting more of its influence to control its destiny in the Android open source world.

Dilemma. I don't like Google exerting control in this manner, but, on the other hand, anything that - for the love of god - makes Samsung stop building its own software for phones is a good thing. Tough call. Then again, this deal may also simply be another aspect of the big patent deal, indicating that this deal is about much more than patents alone.

In any case, the recent renewed collaboration between Google and Samsung seems to indicate that Samsung has little to no intention to move away from Android, and with Samsung still shipping exactly zero Tizen devices, I have little hope we'll ever see that platform jump front and centre.

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by wocowboy on Thu 30th Jan 2014 11:14 UTC
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The central thesis to the article is this:

"The fact that Apple wields such tight control over its own software-and-hardware combo seems to be the only thing separating Google from the M-word and competition scrutiny, considering its large and growing market share."

But there is a BIG difference between the way Apple and Google are operating, which the article neglects to point out. Apple makes its own devices and does not license iOS to anyone else or supervise the way other manufacturers make devices that use iOS, because none do. Google does. Many manufacturers make Android phones. Google does not make its own devices with its name on them, outside the Moto G brand (which they are selling) other than picking some other manufacturer to make one model phone with the Google Nexus brand on it once in a while. Big difference.

This difference is the reason Google is treading on thin ice with regulators as the article points out. There is nothing wrong with Apple exerting tight control on their own devices that they make, because they're the only company to make them, but Google exerting such control over multiple manufacturers must be done carefully to avoid regulatory scrutiny.

Edited 2014-01-30 11:23 UTC

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