“This has been a telling week for Google and its dominant Android platform. Google may have won a couple of battles this week, like unloading Motorola’s handset business and signing a patent deal with Samsung, but it also became clear that Google’s Android empire is unraveling,” Nancy Gohring writes for CITEworld.

“Just this morning ABI Research reported that forked Android products, meaning those that don’t include Google’s services, accounted for 25 percent of Android smartphones shipped in the fourth quarter. For those phones, Google does all the hard work developing a phone OS but gets nothing in return,” Gohring writes. “With Samsung’s increasingly dominant position in the Android world, there’s little reason for it to bow to Google’s wishes.”

“The week did see a bit of a detente between Samsung and Google. On Sunday, Google and Samsung said they’d signed a ten-year cross licensing deal. Re/code also reports that Samsung agreed to put its own UI in the background and do more to highlight Google’s apps… [But] Samsung will again eventually wander away from Google. At the same time, the percentage of forked Android devices, like Amazon’s Kindle is likely to grow,” Gohring writes. “The result is that despite its best efforts, Google will continue to cede control of Android to others who have figured out a way to piggyback on Android for their own profit.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Samsung will ink a deal with you and then stab you in the back with the pen.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Dan K." for the heads up.]

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