Google’s worst nightmare: Samsung

“Google has become the number one mobile platform on the planet, and one major reason is that Samsung happens to sell more mobile handsets than any other company. When it comes to profits, Samsung divides 100% with Apple, which means losses and very tiny profits for all the rest,” Gene Steinberg writes for The Tech Night Owl. “Google doesn’t make a huge amount of cash from Android, although I expect things will improve as more and more apps are sold in the Play Store. But not if Samsung has anything to do with it.”

“Samsung plans to award third-party developers to entice them to develop Galaxy-specific apps. Not just Android apps, but apps optimized for Samsung’s hardware and custom features,” Steinberg writes. “It’s a sure thing that improving the quality of Android apps is a good thing. In terms of the numbers of apps, Google and Apple are toe-to-toe, but the iOS offers better quality software… One particularly irksome problem in Android-land is fragmentation. A huge number of owners of Android gear are using older, sometimes much older, versions of the OS. This complicates the job for developers who want to take advantage of the latest and greatest OS features, but still want to reach as many potential customers as possible for paid software. Compromises often have to be made, which is why many Android apps are flaky, poorly designed.”

Steinberg writes, “By pushing proprietary apps and features, Samsung appears to be working overtime to separate their gear from Android. If a Galaxy-specific software market develops, what stops Samsung from forking Android and rolling as many of these apps as possible into their own proprietary storefront? If that happens, where does that leave Google?”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully, sooner than later, both thieves find themselves up Shit Creek without a paddle.

Invent your own stuff. Don’t steal Apple’s IP and then, no less, do a piss poor job with your stolen products.

26 Comments

  1. IM LOVING SOME OF THESE COMMENT!. ” Samsung stole Apples phone design!” What a classic. You mean “APPLE STOLE SONYS PHONE AND DESIGN” people all around the world hate any company that dictates, exploits and just drags every last cent out of a consumer. Apples rep isnt great as it once was. Competition is grand, for everyone. Without it everything we do , eat, use these days would be so expencive and far less futuristic .

      1. LG Prada. First to market? They must be all over the place then! How’s your LG Prada holding up? Did you get the latest model?

        There must be dozens of them all over the world!

        In other words, spitting out a dead horse prototype means nothing if you can’t build on it. The fact that LG is a money losing not-even-also-ran kind of proves the point.

  2. you guys are all thick as 2 planks , in 2003 i bought the p800 sony ericsson touch screen then came the p900 then the p910i and were all smart phones with apps, so where do you go who coppied who, the big fish make money and litte ppl like you argue over it, i dont see them arguing,

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