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Samsung may buy firms to counter Google-Motorola deal

updated 10:45 am EDT, Wed August 17, 2011

Samsung fears losing control to Google over OS

Samsung is worried enough that Google's buyout of Motorola might put more control back in the hands of the OS maker that it may buy out companies to compete, according to leaked details from an emergency corporate meeting. Company chair Lee Kun-hee reportedly urged management to improve its software engineer ranks to the point where buying companies might be needed. The Korean executive cast it as a fundamental shift of power in Android that Samsung had to resist, Yonhap said.

"We must pay attention to the fact that IT power is moving away from hardware companies such as Samsung to software companies," Lee was quoted as saying.

Outside of some early smartphones, most of Samsung's Android devices have had some version of TouchWiz, its custom interface layer. The interface has grown more elaborate in the past two years to where it dominates much of the layout. Its current version bears a strong resemblance to the iPhone's layout and is one key to Apple's ongoing lawsuits.

Many have seen Google's buyout of Motorola as indirectly trying to reverse the practices of Samsung and other Android partners to insist on customizing the OS at all costs. While they see it as differentiating their devices in a crowded market, many end users complain that the changes sometimes make the experience worse and always delay upgrades that they would have received much faster. Apple's success in being the largest individual smartphone maker has been partly credited to its guaranteeing fast updates to the latest features.

Motorola is being run as a separate entity and won't necessarily be steered into using stock Android, but the pressure will be on for it to represent Google's own values. Samsung has publicly endorsed the Google-Motorola deal as well, although many have noticed the boilerplate nature of its official statement and suggest that Google goaded the companies into saying something positive about a deal they may privately resent.

by MacNN Staff



  1. BigMac2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sad truth

    Samsung like most of asian hardware company doesnt have any software legacy, Those company treated software like they treat hardware, once it left the factory, they doesnt care about after market customer support.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The ticker-tape parade

    drove me insane and I destroyed two Samsung phones as a result.

    Fancy for fancy sake was the reason they did the ticker-tape phone number (screen not big enough to display more than ten digits of phone number) and multiple color/changing color, too.

    Piece of 5HIT.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Premature speculation

    It will be the best part of a year before Google actually owns Motorola. Prior to that eventuality, they have neither power nor authority over Moto's assets or actions. It is also possible that this transaction ultimately fails to materialize for any number of reasons, so all speculation should be treated with the necessary amount of skepticism and restraint.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Sad truth

    On one side, yes. On the other side, U.S. companies are heavily relying on Asia to produce their products. There are zero Mac products produced locally and they are all made in China and Taiwan. The same goes with Moto. Their hardware are made oversea. Today, U.S. designs, Asia produces. Unfortunately this pattern yields to great jobs lost in U.S. but huge gain to China's economy.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969



    can never compete with U.S. on the software side of it despite they do make good hardware. It's like WebOS vs. iOS..... not a chance. What they should concentrate is to better their LCD TV experience because its their dominant market. If they could bring their OS onto their TV, Apple / Google will take notice.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bada what?

    "We must pay attention to the fact that IT power is moving away from hardware companies such as Samsung to software companies," Lee was quoted as saying.

    Does that explain Bada? Is Bada shifting IT power to Samsung?

    No? Didn't think so.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Title should read...

    ..."Samsung may buy firms to counter Apple, Microsoft and other Patent Trolls"

    Samsung representative: "It's something that we've never had to do before." "But in light of all the legal shenanigans from Apple & Microsoft, we feel the need to protect ourselves with additional IP and Patents." "Apple and Microsoft should learn to compete instead of playing legal games."

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    wow-wrenchy's back

    I wasn't sure we'd ever see him again, after all the bad Android news lately - HTC loses patent case to Apple, Samsung's tablet is banned for sale in Germany and Australia, more malware on Android phones, Android tablet sales incredibly low. Droid fools.

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