Google Worried About Samsung’s Android Dominance. Somebody Say Tizen!

This is all getting exciting, dear fr4iends. Just yesterday, I blogged that the great news of mobile yesterday was the announcement of Firefox OS (now, Sony has joined the Firefox club), and the announcement that Samsung is replacing Bada OS with the open source Tizen OS. I did say that Samsung needed Tizen as security and something to fall back on. Here is an excerpt from a Wall Street Journal article:

Google executives worry that Samsung has become so big—the South Korean company sells about 40% of the gadgets that use Google’s Android software—that it could flex its muscle to renegotiate their arrangement and eat into Google’s lucrative mobile-ad business, people familiar with the matter said.

Apparently, the success of Sasmung with Android is not 100% good news for Google, especially as Samsung is almost becoming synonymous with Android. Google’s purchase of hardware manufacturer, Motorola, was something that sparked off waves among Android OEMs. A manufacturer as huge as Samsung would have immediately began to review their long-term plans. Like I tweeted yesterday, Samsung know they can’t depend on Android forever. The reason for Tizen OS. Plan B. That plan be might just pay off. In business, there are no permanent friends.

Samsung Galaxy

I did say that with Samsung’s strength in Android, converting a percentage of their smartphone base to the new Tizen OS would cause huge shifts. As Harry mentioned too in a comment, those huge shifts would include Android itself. It looks like this is going to happen for sure, if it is true that Google execs are uncomfortable with how powerful Samsung has become in the Android community.

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While this has no chance of ever happening, can we briefly and purely for the fun of it imagine what it would mean should Samsung totally migrate away from Android OS and replace it with Tizen OS? Where would Android be without Samsung? No; let’s not play with such ideas. Plus, like I said, that isn’t likely to happen. At least not over a long period of time.

But would it be far-fetched to say that with the launching of rival platforms this year, Android may have finally reached its peak? Would it?

In the meantime, somebody say, Tizen! Tizen! Tizen! Tizen! Tizen!

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9 thoughts on “Google Worried About Samsung’s Android Dominance. Somebody Say Tizen!

  • February 26, 2013 at 7:31 am
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    I dont know anything about all this new OS. Tell me why a will buy them when there are no apps or ecosystem on ground?

  • February 26, 2013 at 7:58 am
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    I’m sure Samsung will want to approach this carefully. Their quick rise in the mobile industry coincided with their adoption of Android and sure, they will want to replicate their success on Android with Tizen but they will also be watching their backs on the Android platform because leaving Android without carrying their huge fan base on Android into Tizen could result to their collapse.

    Samsung Galaxy being almost synonymous with Android is generally talked about but we still have knowledgeable users on the Android ecosystem and even those that confuse the two terms may suffer mobile culture shock if they buy a Samsung Galaxy phone that is powered by Tizen and find out later that the Google services they are used to are not there, and that could cause them to lose confidence in Samsung mobile devices that will hurt them permanently. Besides, such a move can also create an opportunity for some of the other struggling Android manufacturers to rise to the top and permanently displace Samsung.

    And Mr. Mo, did I sense your excitement for a possible chaos or even collapse of the Android ecosystem? LOL.

    • February 26, 2013 at 8:12 am
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      And Mr. Mo, did I sense your excitement for a possible chaos or even collapse of the Android ecosystem? LOL.

      I am just pure evul, and you know it! Bwahahahaha!

  • February 26, 2013 at 9:33 am
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    it is the Law Of Nature. things go in a cycle.

    the meteoric rise of Android cannot continue indefinitely. ñÊÎthÊ® çâñ thâÎ Öf $âm$Ûñg.

    besides, is it not said that variety is the spice of life?

    the more the merrier j0r!

  • February 26, 2013 at 11:38 am
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    Indeed, it’s what I call SWEET PROBLEM. Google may be worried about Samsung’s dominance of Android, but they should be happy too. They shouldn’t do anything stupid to hurt Samsung or it could boomerang. Android’s 68% dominance of world’s smartphone OS terrain owes its galloping momentum to Samsung thunder. Any deliberate targeted undermining of Samsung by Google will hurt Android and give competing OSes the chance to snatch the global crown.

    So, Google should worry more about outside enemies than instigating a needless self-destructive crisis in-house. As long as Google provides a level playing field for all her ‘children’, continues to make their own strategic phones and consolidates Android, every other issue will sort itself out. No need to worry because Samsung already has strong competitors like HTC, SONY, Huawei, LG, etc that can level up only if they can SPEND, SPEND, SPEND on marketing!

    As for Samsung, they won’t be where they are today without Android. So, Samsung shouldn’t do anything stupid either. They should continue to ride the storm on Android while they silently grow Tizen to be a future competitive platform worthy of world and developers’ attention.

  • February 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm
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    abi i don go with tizen ni… n hav watched a video on firefox, it sure can never freak me, ubuntu yes, sailfish maybe but most def no firefox for now…. if samsung messes up with droid, sony will b my cushion

  • February 26, 2013 at 1:16 pm
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    IMO If samsung should transfer their base to tizen indefintely or definitely it only makes just one big difference what might that be you ask the world of mobile os becomes a level playing ground and the contention for king of android or king of mobile os’es becomes extremely violent, i’m talking about more than a dozen oems turning out different flagship phones in the space of 6months or even less due to competition and we the consumers just sit back and enjoy regular priced and extremly high speced phone…….*dreamland expression on ma face*

  • February 26, 2013 at 5:44 pm
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    Nice 1 Harry.

    Samsung
    “Their quick rise in the mobile industry coincided with their adoption of Android and sure, they will want to replicate their success on Android with Tizen but they will also be watching their backs on the Android platform because leaving Android without carrying their huge fan base on Android into Tizen could result to their collapse”

    Dejavu

    Nokia
    “Their rise in the mobile industry coincided with their adoption of Symbian and sure, they wanted to replicate their success on Symbian with Windows Phone but they didn’t watch their backs, and they left Symbian without carrying their huge fan base on Symbian into Windows Phone, which resulted to their collapse”

    Smart move by Samsung, a back up can never be over emphasized.

    Google should empower Motorola, that is their only weapon to slow down Samsung without slowing down Android.

    Android is becoming more crowded with manufacturers everyday, not that i mind, the more the merrier.
    Anyways, I need that HP Slate 7′ and I know it will get to Nija.

  • February 27, 2013 at 8:23 pm
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    What goes around comes around….this is what Apple would be saying I’m sure. There’s a huge chance of this happening, but it will be in stages. As for me, a phone without google services would be horrible…well, that’s just me.
    Just last two weeks, I made a post here about Samsung taking over the Android brand and causing problems for Google. Well, Google is scared.
    Google makes most of its money from ads and services from platforms. That’s why it’s been reported that google pays Apple about $1 billion annually for making Google the default search engine for browsers on iOS. There’s no denying the fact that Samsung may want to claim its own share from Google…well, Google anticipates this. The problem is, if Google refuses, Samsung may fork out a version of Android like Amazon and remove Google completely….which could hurt Google….a lot too.
    Now for Tizen, Samsung is weary of google and wants control over its own OS. For people thinking no ecosystem exists, they are joking. Samsung could easily port android apps to Tizen just like BB10 did…voila!!!
    The way it is now, Samsung is in a position to twist google’s arm….I dont think all other OEMs can’t save Google from Samsung because Samsung has built itself into what it is today. Just read on the web that Samsung introduced its own “wallet” app to take on Apple Passbook and even Google Wallet. The battle line is drawn, the plot thickens, we are just getting started.

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