Google's CFO: No rift between us and Samsung

Google's CFO: No rift between us and Samsung
By any definition, Samsung has been amazingly successful with Android. The Samsung Galaxy S III is the flagship handset for the open source OS and the Samsung GALAXY Note II has been a major success. Samsung has become the top smartphone manufacturer in the world and Android obviously has a lot to do with that. But there is some speculation that the Korean based manufacturer wants to prove that it doesn't need Google and many feel that is why Samsung is looking to start up a line of Tizen powered handsets.

On the other hand, there is talk that Samsung is concerned that Google is now ready to start working hand in hand with its wholly owned subsidiary Motorola, to turn out the best Android phones and is a bit concerned that Motorola will get first crack at new features and software updates. The Motorola X is expected to be introduced at Google I/O and is said to be the first Motorola model that has a lot of input from Google. The device is expected to be the first to run Android 5.0, Key Lime Pie. It has already been called a "game changer" by Telstra's CTO.

But according to Google CFO, Patrick Pichette, talk of a feud between Samsung and Google is a lot of hooey. Google was said to be worried that Samsung would leverage its power with Android users to demand a higher cut than the 10% of ad revenues that Sammy already gets from Google. Despite rumors like that one, Pichette swears that Samsung and Google have a terrific relationship.

As for talk that Google is worried about Samsung's innovation, apparent in such features as multiwindows, Smart Stay and Smart Rotation, the executive reminded everyone that their success is mutually beneficial for both companies. He also wanted it known that Google's goal is for all of its partners to benefit from the open source Android platform and the Mountain View based company welcomes innovation from all of its Android partners.

The Google CFO blamed a lot of the talk of a strained relationship between Google and Samsung on the media. "I just think journalists love big headlines that sell newspapers," he said.

source: ZDnet via Slashgear

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34 Comments

2. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

well sooner or later. sammy will leave android/google. but will they continue with their success or crawl back to the big G. as soon they drop android. i stop buying their galaxy phones

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Both companies have to screw up very badly for them to part ways. Samsung is good at ignoring partners competitive behaviors but to compete head on. Proven as apple main supplier till apple themselves give Samsung the boot. Google with their open source mentality are less protective and support innovation in general never hear them sue another company because they out innovate google.

29. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Nice. misuse of. periods.

31. hiBreed

Posts: 90; Member since: May 29, 2012

First thing u need to know is ''samsung is nothing without android'' move on to wp and nokia will do the same thing they did for 14 years, dont get me started on tizen. its ugly, even pa doesnt like it, tizen is a waste of r&d cash just dump it and focus fully on android, and hopefully nokia doesnt zip past you

3. yyuu1000

Posts: 260; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

good for both

5. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Samsung want success on Tizen was a lot to work on, 1st they need to get a lot developer support and a lot apps appear in 1st launch. Also from all the while, Samsung not really good on OS and apps, I don't see bright future if Samsung really get off Android so soon. It take times for jump to another fresh OS.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

And they won't. Tizen is a bargaining chip with Google.

32. hiBreed

Posts: 90; Member since: May 29, 2012

A worthless 1 at that

40. ph00ny

Posts: 2033; Member since: May 26, 2011

it's html5 based. How much more devs do you need for it?

9. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Uh ohhhhhhh! Saying there's no rift, means there a rift...stay tuned.

33. hiBreed

Posts: 90; Member since: May 29, 2012

Its what we say when we are high ''im not high man, just faking it''

10. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Samsung must have threatened to make more Windows Phone devices in the near future ;)

16. urtard

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

you're probably trolling, but this is possible

22. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Urtard not gonna lie.. It's possible but I was indeed trolling.. :-X My bad..

11. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Uh, no big surprise here. The WSJ is anti-google and had nothing to back up their assertions.

15. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Back up yours.

12. BackHandLegend

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 15, 2012

In my opinion, Samsung should've just turned this into the next touchwiz, could've brought great potential and brought another reason to buy Samsung phones, (since let's be honest, touchwiz 5 is boring) and Android could've evolved another step forward as a whole using some of these features. Not to mention Samsung's dedicated app store will be limited and many will not jump on these phones because of lack of support that you could already find elsewhere.

34. hiBreed

Posts: 90; Member since: May 29, 2012

You can see samsung's future without android, just take an honest look at touchwiz, that's tizen, launcher in disguise

14. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Ditching android at this point would be a horrible business move for Samsung. Even if they do put out some tizen powered devices. There's no guarantee that they will be successful. At this point for all we know tizen could end up just how bada was. If Sammy ditches Google now and tizen ends up d.o.a they would have screwed the pooch so to say. Its going to play out like this: Sammy is going to stay with android and keep working on fine tuning tizen. I would venture to say they are also keeping an eye on Ubuntu as well. Just wait, in five years or so the mobile world will be one big open source play ground.

17. urtard

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

Tizen is open source, so it likely won't end up like Bada. On top of that, Tizen is more of a back up for Samsung. It's not good to rely on Android solely, just like how it's bad for Nokia to rely on WP only.

19. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

I know tizen is open. I was just pointing out that there is no guarantee that it will be successful. When I said end up like bada. I meant that there's a possibility that it won't be that successful/widespread. Like bada was.

35. hiBreed

Posts: 90; Member since: May 29, 2012

Whats the benefit of being open source if it doesnt have a robust api? Devs also have the right to love a platform you know, they wont just jump on cause its open source

30. willard12 unregistered

Doesn't Samsung also make WP8 devices?

18. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Stop all this s**t please.... tizen is replacement for bada not android.... Tizen is only for low end phones...

20. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

Smart stay and smart rotation are just gimmics. Multiwindow is a good feature, not an "innovation". Samsung is not innovative by any stretch of imagination. In fact, no one in android camp seems to be innovating. HTC made a fine effort but that's yet to pay off. I'll agree, however, that samsung provides the best android products just because they have the ability to find the right balance between hw and sw. Most of their success has to be because of marketing, just like Apple.

21. spideyhead256

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

smart stay and smart rotation certainly are a gimmics :P the non-geeky audience fancy such things

36. hiBreed

Posts: 90; Member since: May 29, 2012

Gimmicks do sell phones, alright, you can ask apple

26. GALAXY-STORM

Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

Smart stay and rotation are not gimmick. I have the custom rom running on my s3 in 4.2.1 v. They work like a charm and even the s-voice have improved. I still got a few more new features like the daydream mode, multi notification bar, magnification gesture. Even the ui is more fluidic now.

38. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"Samsung is not innovative by any stretch of imagination." Wow. I suggest you really research their smartphones, tablets, the features, their mobile device screens. While you're at it.....research their HDTV's, their appliances, their dvd, blu ray players, their monitors, their hard drives, their ram....did I miss anything? Oh I did miss something....there is a reason Apple partnered with Samsung for the chips inside iDevices.... Samsung is one of the few companies that can make their own SoC. Ever heard of the Hummingbird and the Exynos? "In fact, no one in android camp seems to be innovating." Where have you been the past 3 years? I will help you a lil bit: 3D phones, dual screen phones, Samsung and LG had tilt to scroll, zoom, pan in their UI's. How many other companies are doing that? Article today about the GS4 might have scrolling based on eye movement. Yes....thats the same Samsung you claimed...isnt innovative by any stretch of the imagination.... lol.

25. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

I'm a tech geek and I find smart stay and especially smart rotation to be very handy. I've want the smart rotation feature for a long time now

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