Samsung executive: We'd like to have a common platform for all our consumer devices

Samsung executive: We'd like to have a common platform for all our consumer devices
Just the other day, we showed you an infographic produced by Samsung, showing how the Korean manufacturer was adding a premium paid service to its Milk Music app. The streaming music service will now be free for those who don't mind hearing ads mixed in with their tunes, while those who strictly want only music will have to pony up $3.99 a month for the ad-free premium version.

Sitting down with the Wall Street Journal, Samsung's Wonpyo Hong, president of the Media Solutions Center, talked about what the company has in mind for Milk Music and other "stuff" like Tizen. Hong revealed that while it is too early to discuss the success or failure of the app that is powered by Slacker, 380,000 people have downloaded Milk Music. Right now, the service is limited to certain Samsung Galaxy models, but Hong says that Sammy wants to expand it to more of its phones and tablets.

Hong told the paper that Samsung is going to be more active in mergers and acquisitions (or M&A as the big boys call it on that street called Wall). The Samsung executive did say that it was too soon to discuss an acquisition in mapping, but said that location-based services is an area that interests the Korean based firm, because of Sammy's focus on mobile.

Hong might have hinted about Samsung's plans for Tizen when he said that it was one of the platforms that it would like to offer from among a number of software choices. But he also said that Samsung would like to offer a common platform for mobile, television and home appliances. He did say that Samsung is thinking about offering more products besides a smartwatch, powered by Tizen. On the other hand, he also seemed to play down the importance of the platform by talking about the emergence of HTML5. He also said that the Tizen name is not important to customers. All that is important for Samsung as a hardware company, noted Wong, is to use software to add value to a Samsung device.

source: WSJ



10. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Is Milk just radio? Cuz $4 a month is cheaper than spotify and rdio.

11. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Apparently its an internet radio service that lets you "instantly hear music you love"

12. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

So YouTube?

14. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

"Milk Radio" is the absolute worst name for this service. All it makes me think of is milking customers for more money. Terrible joke I guess, but it's what I think of.

4. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Samsung, just stick with Android.

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Samsung could stick with Android -- just go the path of Amazon or Nokia, and make their own Android. I am not sure Samsung has the core competencies to do such a thing, but it would be interesting if they tried.

9. SleepingOz unregistered

It would be Touchwiz, which is the most feature-rich skin of the Android realm without Google services. Although I can see myself using S-voice instead of Google Now, I don't think they can come with a better navigation app than Google Maps.

3. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Samsung could buy Spotify. That would give them a good platform piece.

2. Sauce unregistered

Going to be tough competing against Spotify and Pandora

1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I am quite interested in a Samsung phone without all the Google stuff on it. For my needs, Google adds no value to the Android platform.

6. jellmoo

Posts: 2702; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The problem though is that you are the extreme exception. For every person with your viewpoint, how many thousands have the complete opposite point of view?

8. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I didn't mean to imply that what works for me will work for everyone :) Samsung realizes they need to control their own destiny, as Apple and Microsoft do. This is what drives projects like Tizen. They don't want to be beholden to some other company as they are today.

13. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea but without co-existence there is no benefit from competitive advantage. Both MS and Apple have a hard time doing both and thriving, as can easily be seen in MS's case and Apple is just very lucky to have its horde of zealots. Samsung has done what Apple has money wise without having done much on the software side at all because of Google (some agree that they made it slightly worse, but they are getting better at it). Those companies that are too full of themselves and can't co-exist usually end up dying because you can't do everything perfectly and of you try, you usually end up screwing up everything.

7. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Said no one ever

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