Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Feb 2013 22:39 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Google is growing increasingly concerned with Samsung's dominance of the Android - and smartphone - landscape. Supposedly, the topic is being openly discussed at Google, and as far as I'm concerned, that's great news.
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If Google is worried
by Bennie on Wed 27th Feb 2013 04:54 UTC
Bennie
Member since:
2012-06-14

... They just should tell the other manufacturers to make better phones. Like phones with microSD card or removable batteries, add a good amount of internal storage (not like the 8GB on Nexus 4 without microSD card) and good camera sensor + camera software, etc etc.

If other manufacturers have quallity phones with options people want, they will sell more and samsung won't be so dominant.

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RE: If Google is worried
by Priest on Wed 27th Feb 2013 05:43 in reply to "If Google is worried"
Priest Member since:
2006-05-12

The thing about the Nexus 4 is that it's $300 unlocked and contract free. My S3 would have been $650 off contract.

I think vendors still have to pay Microsoft to license fat32 to support microSD. I think it covers more than just fat but AFAIK Android phone makers pay Microsoft $10 to $15 per unit and Nikon recently agreed to license IP to run Android on their new line of smart cameras.

What is interesting is that Motorola was blasted over using "standard-essential patents" in court (and by Microsoft) but Microsoft now uses patents on the Fat32 standard to force the rest of the industry to pay them a tax for anything that doesn't run Windows.

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RE[2]: If Google is worried
by NuxRo on Wed 27th Feb 2013 08:29 in reply to "RE: If Google is worried"
NuxRo Member since:
2010-09-25

What is interesting is that Motorola was blasted over using "standard-essential patents" in court (and by Microsoft) but Microsoft now uses patents on the Fat32 standard to force the rest of the industry to pay them a tax for anything that doesn't run Windows.


FAT32 is not a standard, it's a filesystem.
Samsung developed F2FS (currently in the linux kernel) and it's designed for flash storage, I'm curious what will come out of it.

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RE[2]: If Google is worried
by andydread on Wed 27th Feb 2013 11:12 in reply to "RE: If Google is worried"
andydread Member since:
2009-02-02

The thing about the Nexus 4 is that it's $300 unlocked and contract free. My S3 would have been $650 off contract.

I think vendors still have to pay Microsoft to license fat32 to support microSD. I think it covers more than just fat but AFAIK Android phone makers pay Microsoft $10 to $15 per unit and Nikon recently agreed to license IP to run Android on their new line of smart cameras.

What is interesting is that Motorola was blasted over using "standard-essential patents" in court (and by Microsoft) but Microsoft now uses patents on the Fat32 standard to force the rest of the industry to pay them a tax for anything that doesn't run Windows.


This is one reason why I recommend against buying MS products. The despicable extortion scheme they are running against Linux is no different than the SCO fiasco. Every time I read that Thom ran out and purchased some new MS product I cringe ;-).

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