Should Google really be worried about the success of Samsung with Android devices?

Last year we had read few analysts and bloggers saying Google is afraid of Amazon while Amazon was busy releasing Kindle HD. Well they made few good points, but we really haven’t seen any kind of knucklehead reactions from Google, which we would normally see whenever someone is really scared of something. galaxy_smartphones_v2

Now for the past few days on twitter, and blogosphere we are reading few thought processes saying Google is scared of Samsung and today we read a reaction from Google’s own CFO saying Motorola phones never Wowed anyone. With stunning popularity of Galaxy devices including popular Galaxy Note brand and Galaxy SIII and the upcoming Galaxy S4, do you thing Google should really be worried about Samsung?

To support this thought process Google could have released a Touch PC similar to Chrome Pixel with Android instead of Chrome OS. But Google chose Chrome OS, because Google has total control on Chrome OS while OEMs have almost no control, which is similar to Microsoft’s control on Windows Platforms, where as Google doesn’t have any control on Android hardware.

Amazon scares Google Sources:

Samsung is a threat to Google Sources:

What do you think?


  1. Samsung is a different beast. I remember when Windows Phone 8 was launched and Microsoft announced the Windows Phone 8X by HTC the uproar was that it was evidence Microsoft was scared of Nokia commendeering the type of brand recognition and clout on the Windows Phone platform.

    Samsung is like a bullet train that is steadily picking up speed even as it leaves everyone else associated with Android, including Google, in their rear view mirror. Just think about the hit Google would take if Samsung managed to release their in-house OS Tizen with TouchWiz and not miss a beat. Or just the result of Samsung forking the Android OS. They now sell enough Galaxy branded devices that developers could target Samsung first and foremost and not miss a beat. That is scary stuff.

    • Great Points Murani. Yes, developers won’t miss a beat if they just release apps for Samsung and if Samsung could manage to run Android apps on Tizen users won’t also miss anything there.

      • I wonder if Samsung has a developer program up and running? The craziest thing about the Samsung/Google dynamic is that Samsung gets access to Google’s OS for free. They are making billions every quarter and not having to pay Google a dime. Think about how much revenue Google could be raking in off Samsung alone with just a reasonable licensing fee. Their stock would probably be over $1000 a share right now.

      • Not only that, they also get a share on Ad revenue that Google gets by running ads on the apps dedicated to its services such as YouTube. Samsung is making more $ on Android than Google.

      • @Ike Yes, you are right. This includes the latest signee, Nikon for its cameras. It seems Microsoft encourages more OEMs to choose Android while they are still working on Windows Products.

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  3. I don’t know, I don’t think Samsung could not do it without Google. You take away the play store, you take away Samsung’s power. No one wants an OS that doesn’t have a strong app platform. I see way more nexus 7’s than Kindle’s in the wild. And the people I know that bought the tablet kindles regret it.

    • Whoops, that first sentence made no sense. “I don’t think Samsung could do it without Google”

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