Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Mar 2013 12:49 UTC
Google "Google's Chrome and Android operating systems will remain separate products but could have more overlap, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said, a week after the two came under a single boss." That's that, then.
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RE[2]: At least
by majipoor on Thu 21st Mar 2013 16:14 UTC in reply to "RE: At least"
majipoor
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2009-01-22

I agree, but you would conclude that Google would then kill Android.

From a business point of view, what will Android bring to Google in 1 or 2 years when most major smartphone and tablets vendors (Samsung, Amazon, ZTE, Huawei) will put their own services on their devices instead of Google services?

And what is the point for Google to keep improving Android to help Samsung compete against Google's own Motorola division?

On the other hand, Chrome OS may become a nice mobile proprietary OS for Google hardware.

Edited 2013-03-21 16:16 UTC

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RE[3]: At least
by Laurence on Thu 21st Mar 2013 17:42 in reply to "RE[2]: At least"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

From a business point of view, what will Android bring to Google in 1 or 2 years when most major smartphone and tablets vendors (Samsung, Amazon, ZTE, Huawei) will put their own services on their devices instead of Google services?


So long as Google is the default search engine and Admob (I think it's called) is the preferred API for service in-app adverts, then I don't think it matters too much if vendors do load their own services.

And what is the point for Google to keep improving Android to help Samsung compete against Google's own Motorola division?

If the rumors and speculation are to be believed, then that point is moot as Samsung will be switching away from Android and using Tizen instead.

On the other hand, Chrome OS may become a nice mobile proprietary OS for Google hardware.

Google make money from their online services. It doesn't really make much sense for them to go the way of Apple and have a their OS's limited to their own hardware.

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RE[4]: At least
by Nelson on Thu 21st Mar 2013 23:02 in reply to "RE[3]: At least"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29


So long as Google is the default search engine and Admob (I think it's called) is the preferred API for service in-app adverts, then I don't think it matters too much if vendors do load their own services.


If Samsung has the guts to run their own app store infrastructure, then setting up or buying out an existing advertising solution for developers isn't that impossible.

Apple did it with iAd. Nokia did it with NAX which is just an exchange network.

As far as search, there are plenty of alternatives to search. There's Bing, and then there are new types of search up and coming like that from Facebook's Graph which searching a different type of data.

Google is becoming increasingly replaceable in Android and it definitely is cause for concern.


Google make money from their online services. It doesn't really make much sense for them to go the way of Apple and have a their OS's limited to their own hardware.


It does if they want to have a leash on their OEMs. Look at Microsoft with the Surface.

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RE[3]: At least
by geleto on Thu 21st Mar 2013 19:44 in reply to "RE[2]: At least"
geleto Member since:
2005-07-06

It's very unlikely that these vendors will switch to their own android version.
They have to do this "Cold Turkey" style because the license treats this as forking, and if you fork android - you are not allowed to use the Google version.
They will loose early code access, they will have to build a new app store overnight, and even if they find a decent google maps replacement - many people will still be disappointed.
This is why Samsung will develops a new OS (Tizen)

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