Samsung’s key Android phone, tablet architect quits

“Samsung took a hit this weekend as CTO Omar Khan confirmed that he was leaving the company,” Electronista reports.

MacDailyNews Note: Khan’s official title at Samsung was “Chief Strategy Officer and SVP of Products and Services.”

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“The executive, best known for the very recent Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 10.1, is quitting to join Citigroup as the company’s worldwide mobile analyst leader,” Electronista reports. “He told The Droid Guy that he starts at the new role next week.”

MacDailyNews Take: Caution: You go out to dinner with The Droid Guy, you’re payin’, guaranteed.

Electronista reports, “Khan’s departure could be a temporary hit to the company’s direction. Many credit him with Samsung’s broader push into Android, starting with the original Galaxy.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Better to analyze from a distance the ramifications of building a business on stolen IP than to live it.

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  1. Maybe Samsung wasn’t successful in getting an “agreement” out if him. It would be great to see Apple produce him as a witness to Samsung’s copying machine!

  2. You know what they say about quitting while you’re ahead. Better be the first on the lifeboat before the Titanic sinks. The water’s 5 below zero where the iceberg is.

  3. Apple was caught stealing patents and was ordered to pay $8M in damages over iPod playlist patent suit by a judge. What goes around comes around… Apple is just like any other company! They use other technology from other companies all the time!

    1. Apple does a much better job at producing products. Every cell phone company and Microsoft with the tablet had 10 solid years to innovate the phone and tablet categories. Apple produces two products within two years all companies are forced to bring copies out just to buy time before having to close the doors. It is fine if Apple steps on a few toes. It happens. Others, just straight out photocopy Apple.

      1. Marco, what’s the problem? You keep messin’ up in these threads – double-posting, regretting a prior post, etc.

        Time to breathe deeply, say “oooooooohhhhhhhhmmmmm” a few times, then come back! 🙂

    2. With the large number of active patents in play, many of which seem rather broad and general, it must be difficult not to step on someone’s toes. That $8M judgment is less than 1/10 the requested amount, and seems like more of an east Texas patent-troll payout.

      But, if Apple did actually infringe on a valid patent, as has been judged, then pay up and move on. If not, then Apple might very well decide to pay up and move on anyway for $8M. And that is the problem, as I see it. Being “right” is far less important than the fiscal considerations for “settling.”

    3. You do get that infringing on someone else’s patent isn’t always intentional, don’t you? Some patents are so vague, and obvious that several companies have probably come up with a similar solution, that’s why “prior art” is so important. A major reason the patent process needs to be overhauled. With all the millions of patents out there it must be hard to determine if you are infringing or not.

  4. Except in the case you refer to the plaintiff was trying to charge Apple far more than others paid for a license. Apple refused to pay more and without an agreement got sued. The amount the judge awarded the plaintiff was much closer to what Apple felt reasonable and what others were paying.

    1. Unless he’s referring to the verdict of last week, regarding the iPod Playlists patent, where a no-name patent troll was awarded damages for a generic patent by the ‘Rocket Docket’ (Eastern Texas district). Not to mention that the award was less than 10% of what the plaintiff was asking for ($8m vs. $86m). The patent troll hits the jackpot, Apple turns over their couch cushions for loose change…

  5. “You go out to dinner with The Droid Guy, you’re payin’, guaranteed.”

    “Hey! We don’t serve their kind here! … Your droids. They’ll have to wait outside. We don’t want them here.”

  6. Khan: Kirk… Kirk, you’re still alive, my old friend.
    Kirk: Still, old, friend. You’ve managed to kill just about everyone else, but, like a poor marksman, you keep missing the target.
    Khan: Perhaps I no longer need to try, Admiral.
    Kirk: Khan… Khan, you’ve got Genesis, but you don’t have me. You were going to kill me, Khan. You’re gonna have to come down here. You’re gonna HAVE TO COME DOWN HERE.
    Khan: I’ve done far worse than kill you, Admiral. I’ve hurt you. And I wish to go on hurting you. I shall leave you as you left me, as you left her: marooned for all eternity in the center of a dead planet, buried alive. Buried alive.

  7. Oh they will, will they Seth?

    9to5Mac reports this about Samsung: “The lower-than-expected guidance prompted analyst Kim Sung In with Kiwoom Securities Co. to slam the company hard over the misstep, arguing:

    Only the phone business is holding up. Everything else is looking bad. There’s no bright picture for the company looking ahead.”

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