After Apple, it might be time for Nokia to part with whatever Samsung-made parts it is using for its cell phones. The world's second-largest phone maker is tipped by an industry insider to try and break away from Samsung as components supplier due to potential conflicts of interest.
This is a business lingo for industrial espionage, it seems, as Nokia is straight-out concerned that information might leak from Samsung's conveyor belts to the higher-ups, indicating what handsets the company has in the pipeline, and, from the inventors of things like the PureView camera tech, the cause for concern is easy to explai.
The source stopped short of accusing Samsung of doing just that sort of peeping, as the Koreans have always claimed that there is a firewall between its components business and mobile device engineering department. Yet these things have proven time and time again to rarely materialize as intended - one only needs to remember the promised separation of investment banking and advisory activities contributing to the financial crisis, or in our field of interest - the promised total operational autonomy of Motorola inside Google, which, judging from the Project X phone rumors
, has been already thrown out of the window.
In fact, the industry insider noted amusingly enough that "the 'firewall' between component sales and smartphones [at Samsung] is about as sturdy as a pile of kimchi.
They also mentioned how Samsung has "a record of getting orders for next-gen components, then canceling the orders. And then they show up in a Samsung phone. When you see a Samsung (certain specialized new design for) OLED phone as you surely will, you are looking at something that was stolen from Nokia.