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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RE: See ya Samsung
by WereCatf on Wed 27th Feb 2013 06:32 UTC in reply to "See ya Samsung"
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

Samsung Android phones have been the LEAST stable in the ecosystem based on the handsets I've owned. Lots of hardware issues as well.


I have the complete opposite experiences: no one I know has had any hardware-issues with their Samsung-phones and the software-issues they've had have all been about not being familiar with Android. I, too, am happily sporting my Galaxy Note around and I consider it a fairly solid build -- I would be saddened if Samsung left the scene as I would have to find some other manufacturer when the time comes to leave the Note behind.

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RE[2]: See ya Samsung
by pandronic on Wed 27th Feb 2013 07:52 in reply to "RE: See ya Samsung"
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

I bought a Galaxy S two years ago and I'm never buying a Samsung Phone ever again. The updates were horrible, and Samsung can't be bothered to update past 2.3.6. They even said that the device wasn't able to run anything newer. Well I'm running 4.2.1 on it now.

As for the hardware - the GPS barely works (also a problem on a friend's Galaxy S), the camera's external protection is easily scratched by simply putting and taking the phone out of the pocket, resulting in blurry photos (I had to buy a replacement from eBay).

And don't get me started on Touchwiz which is a total Apple ripoff. The past two years were a constant struggle to make my Android as vanilla as possible (thanks Cyanogenmod).

So, in my experience, Samsung does mediocre hardware, horrible software and doesn't care about its customers.

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RE[3]: See ya Samsung
by IndigoJo on Wed 27th Feb 2013 13:46 in reply to "RE[2]: See ya Samsung"
IndigoJo Member since:
2005-07-06

I also have a Galaxy S which I upgraded to Jelly Bean with CyanogenMod. I found that although speed was greatly improved and the constant crashes and hangs of applications stopped, the battery consumption went up dramatically. It would not last through the day if I had wi-fi or mobile internet enabled (turning these off made it last considerably longer). CyanogenMod developers have said that this is a persistent problem with Samsung S-series devices. I suspect that the application problems were down to them being optimised for ICS or JB because they had not always been happening (and I had not had an OS upgrade since getting the phone in mid-2011) and stopped when I upgraded.

The GS was quite hard-wearing though. I was tempted to buy a Motorola Defy because of its claims of supposed indestructability (which have been shown to be groundless), but this phone survived at least two drops onto hard surfaces. I never cared about the camera - I have a proper camera for taking pictures. I replaced the GS with a Galaxy Nexus this month.

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RE[3]: See ya Samsung
by Yagami on Thu 28th Feb 2013 12:49 in reply to "RE[2]: See ya Samsung"
Yagami Member since:
2006-07-15

What ? I have a Samsung Galaxy S also , bought 2 years ago.

It still doesnt have a scratch. Camera, screen, cover is like new. ( i just bough a 10€ cover for it, white brand )

I have CM with 4.2.2 in it, running great (helly rom). I also have a Nexus 7, and the two android systems are running great.

Also speed wise, if i dont put alot of Bloaty apps on it, it runs very well.

Dont know what more would anyone want from a phone : Durability, Battery still good, probably the phone that has more ROM's not being a Nexus.

Makes me think that i dont have no reason to buy another android phone in the near or not so near future.

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RE[2]: See ya Samsung
by Morgan on Wed 27th Feb 2013 11:24 in reply to "RE: See ya Samsung"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I have a friend who was a die hard HTC fan until he got a Note 2, on my recommendation. He is in phablet heaven now! He actually has two full tablets, a Nexus 7 and an Asus Transformer Infinity, and he still uses the phone as a tablet far more than the other two despite how cool Asus hardware is.

As for me, well my first and only Samsung phone is my Nexus S 4G, and the only issue I ever had was with the back button registering phantom keypresses constantly, throwing me out of whatever app I was in. That was fixed with a switch to CyanogenMod, which also gained me a bit more battery life and working native tethering. Overall I love the phone. I've even tried out a BlackBerry Style recently (my second favorite mobile phone platform after classic Palm Garnet) and I quickly went back to the Android phone.

If Samsung does fork Android or abandon it in favor of Tizen, I'll gladly follow them, provided I'm not blown away by BB10 when I get to try it anyway.

Edited 2013-02-27 11:27 UTC

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RE[3]: See ya Samsung
by modmans2ndcoming on Fri 1st Mar 2013 23:55 in reply to "RE[2]: See ya Samsung"
modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

My problem with the SGS4G is that there is no official CyanogenMod for it :-(

XDA has been a life saver for me since purchasing this damn thing. Running CM9.1 unofficial until CM 10 unofficial works better on the hardware.

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RE[2]: See ya Samsung
by helf on Fri 1st Mar 2013 21:40 in reply to "RE: See ya Samsung"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

Yeah, I would be sad as well. I absolutely love my Note II. The current form of touchwiz isn't bad at all. I've had zero issues.

The hate spewing seems to stem from earlier releases and experiences, much like the MS hate and others. People, stop being small minded and up date your views or at least stop being so hate filled. Raises your blood pressure, ya know?

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