The fate of Google's Android is very tightly knit with the two South Korean juggernauts Samsung and LG, and will remain so, at least until Google manages to leverage its Motorola investment
enough to take on these two giants.
As if to confirm how important is the mobile partnership with the Koreans for Google, CEO Larry Page flew over recently, and, besides paying a social visit to the country's president, he met Samsung’s Vice Chairman and likely heir, Lee Jay-yong, as well as with Koo Bon-joon, LG Electronics Vice Chairman.
Samsung's VC later mentioned an interesting piece of info about a potential joint venture with Google, which made analysts probe sources that Mountain View is interested in leveraging the company's OLED display business, but there's nothing further at this point.
As for LG, the Korea Times cites an unnamed source close to the meeting with Larry Page: "LG needs help from Google to continue its business momentum in smartphones and TVs. That’s why Koo met Page. They exchanged views about the latest mega trend in the global information technology (IT) industry. They also discussed how to form an alliance in futuristic projects as part of the big picture."
Now, they apparently don't mean this year's Nexus 5 device
, which the sources confirmed LG is already hard at work on
, but rather things like LG's head-mounted displays, which it wants to get more Google Glass
-y, for better interaction with its smart TV sets, which Google is in its turn interested to become Google TVs, not to mention LG's fancy curved OLED television that was introduced just recently.