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.
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.
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!
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.