Samsung relocates 500 of its mobile software engineers to other departments of the company
One of the most recent internal company revamps that Samsung undertook was to relocate some 500 of its software engineers to other branches of the company – consumer electronics, TV, corporate software R&D, to name a few. The official reason for this is to “strengthen the company's overall software prowess” and to put greater emphasis on the “Internet of Things industry”, as well as further boost the “synergies for the Tizen platform”. This is surely a preparation against Apple's upcoming HomeKit framework, which is Cupertino's connected home solution.
This shift in engineer power means that Samsung will probably have fewer experts to work on its mobile software, TouchWiz, which is often being criticized as one of the weakest aspects of the company's devices. The Tizen platform itself also might get affected. Samsung is yet to release a Tizen-powered device on the global market, as the Samsung Z, the first one with the platform aboard, has been launched in select regions only.
We don't know how many employees remain in the mobile software department exactly, but it seems that Samsung had 40,506 experts at its disposal back in 2013. Hopefully, this internal change of heart will affect neither TouchWiz nor the Tizen platform in a negative way.
source: The Wall Street Journal