updated 05:38 am EST, Thu January 30, 2014
Patent deal discussions said to include number of extra concessions
The multi-year patent deal between Google and Samsung may have more to it than initially thought. A report claims that the two companies also agreed that Samsung must consider not using its Magazine UX interface for Android in future devices, as well as promoting Google's collection of apps and services at the potential expense of Samsung's own versions.
Sources of Recode claim Samsung and Google started work on broad agreements at CES, with Google possibly concerned by suggestions of Samsung trying to take Android in an entirely different direction to where Google wants it to be. The relationship between the pair is said to have gone through a "huge change, a sea change in the last few weeks," and though gaining access to each others patents is a considerable factor in the change, other items are also likely to make a similar impact.
Samsung Magazine UX
Aside from the loss of Magazine UX, as seen in the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, Samsung is said to lose the services set up by its Media Solution Center group, such as the music and video offerings under Samsung Hub, as well as its mirroring and remote control app WatchON. It is unclear if Samsung's ChatON cross-platform messaging service will see the same fate, in favor of Google's chat services such as Hangouts.
Figures from ABI Research about the Android device market could also be a pressure point, forcing Google to act on Samsung's activities. It is claimed that 25 percent of Android devices shipped in the fourth quarter did not carry Google's app suite, with devices in China said to make up a high proportion of the figure. By cutting out Samsung's apps, it in turn gives Google's own apps more presence and less competition.
It is noted that, though Samsung is apparently agreeing to these various concessions, there has been no word on what Google is offering Samsung in return, aside from the patent portfolio. Considering the recent news that Google wants to offload Motorola to Lenovo, it is possible that it could include Samsung in future developments of its Nexus device range, though this too is said to be under threat.