Samsung knows its software is weak, looks to improve through acquisition

Samsung knows its software is weak, looks to improve through acquisition
The only way to get better is to admit you have a problem. It looks like Samsung is ready to admit that it has a problem with software. The company feels confident in its hardware capabilities, but it wants some help to beef up its software offerings. One big part of that plan was to purchase Waze, but Google won that bid. But according to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung is still looking to make purchases.

It's not as though Samsung doesn't have software. It has a variety of apps; it has a platform, Tizen, that was built with the help of Intel; and, of course Samsung has its various content stores that it hopes will be able to help it break free of Google. And, that's really the issue. Samsung may be acceptable at software, but it is going up against companies that have made their names on software, like Google and Microsoft (and to an extent Apple, although Apple has split its time with hardware fairly evenly). 

According to WSJ, Samsung's number one hope was to acquire Waze, but it still has a number of other Silicon Valley startups that it is vetting for potential acquisitions. Samsung is looking at a wide variety of companies in games, mobile search, social media and mapping-related services. A few companies that are mentioned to be in Samsung's sights are: Unity Technologies, a game platform developer; Green Throttle Games; Glympse, a location-sharing service; Rounds, a video chat developer; and, Everything.me, a mobile search company. 

No word on if any deals are expected to come through soon, but Samsung obviously wants to get rid of its weakness in software. The fastest (and often cheapest) way to do that is through acquisition. So, we'll keep an eye out for any news on that front.

source: WSJ

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44 Comments

1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Just buy BlackBerry...LOLOLOL... Oh too soon?

2. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Blame Canada!

4. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

I'm not your friend, buddy!!!

6. tacarat

Posts: 851; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I'm not your buddy, friend!!!

8. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

I'm not your buddy, guy! http://youtu.be/zuQK6t2Esng

12. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

I'm Not Your 'Guy', Pal!

23. KParks23

Posts: 719; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

I said what what in da butt, i said what what in da butt!

35. lifeyourlive

Posts: 126; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

stop being rediculous guys... mkaaaay

16. syedej123

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 08, 2013

Felt sad after reading this .. How beautiful brand is samsung ..they admited it. Samsung will be number one in software tooo ..

24. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Next year: Better software, metal devices and improvements in almost every aspect. Unlike Apple Samsung actually will change their phones and dump tons of money into research.

31. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

come on, samsung is a money oriented company. There is no innovation in their products. never has. will never have.

34. SleepingOz unregistered

Oh, shut up meg! Every company is money oriented. Samsung spends more money on R&D than HTC and Apple, every year!

37. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

Obviously, Samsung has more money than HTC, Samsung's Marketing budget is more than HTC's R&D. Apple doesn't want to innovate coz dumb people still buying their phones. then why wasting money on R&D ? Samsung and Apple are big fat corporations. Samsung is investing more on marketing and gimmicky software features. they do have the potential, unforunately they aren't the game changers in this industry.

36. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Samsung a beautiful brand?? Lol...

40. sobiet19

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 01, 2013

apple also spends money on R&D hunting for good software companies . that mean it is apple's software is weak? why iphonearena keep sayin' samsung software is weak? WSJ they just talking about Samsung is looking at a wide variety of software companies ..just like other companies do . but iphonearena keep sayin' "Samsung knows its software is weak" "Samsung obviously wants to get rid of its weakness in software" i think Samsung knows its PA is weak i think Samsung obviously wants to get rid of its weakness in PA looking for good software companies It doesn't mean that samsung's software is weak

43. sobiet19

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 01, 2013

apple also spends money on R&D hunting for good software companies . that mean it is apple's software is weak? why iphonearena keep sayin' samsung software is weak? WSJ they just talking about Samsung is looking at a wide variety of software companies ..just like other companies do . but iphonearena keep sayin' "Samsung knows its software is weak" "Samsung obviously wants to get rid of its weakness in software" i think Samsung knows its PA is weak i think Samsung obviously wants to get rid of its weakness in PA looking for good software companies It doesn't mean that samsung's software is weak

3. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

Just hope they don't make the OS heavier

5. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

If they just left Android alone they wouldn't have an issue.

21. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

Exactly. Their flaw is not because their software is lacking, it has too much useless graphical trash added on top of a clean UI.

29. Feanor

Posts: 1292; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Well, at least now we have some unofficial confirmation that they are not planning to leave Android alone. :-))

7. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

They better not buy Jolla. That's all.

9. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

For a company to admit about a major software flaw is a major step in the right direction. Samsung can redo their software appearance, but not make it so bloatware heavy that it affects the performance of the phone. This is what the future of smartphone may turn to with the evolution of a manufacturer's software like TouchWiz, Moto, and others

10. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Sounds like it might not be ready until they unveil that until the GS 5 aka next year.

11. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Sometimes less is more Samsung.

13. KFear

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

I think everyone wants Quality, Integration, Simplicity, and Convenience. So is "Eye Scroll" all of that? It's not simple or of Quality. "Samsung Apps" is redundant and not very convenient. "Touch Wiz" is just not very Simple for the average user. I think that HTC learned their lesson, and although the HTC ONE was not a huge seller, It is a step in the right direction. Samsung's approach seems to be the "wow factor", but really, in the end, people are looking for lasting Quality, Integration, Simplicity, and Convenience.

25. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

The quality will be fixed next year. The S5 will be made out of metal with a new design no doubt.

14. Lousclues

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

β€œIt is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.” - Ghandi This is good for Samsung.

15. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Gandhi?

18. syedej123

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 08, 2013

Mahatmaji

26. Lousclues

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Gandhi** lol

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