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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