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Researcher32
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10/23/2013 | 5:59:59 PM
re: Should Samsung Ditch Android?
Google bought Motorola to be able to tightly control hardware, OS and software -- the Apple model if you will. Samsung knows this and will move away from Android...though it won't be easy.
rradina
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10/23/2013 | 5:11:18 PM
re: Should Samsung Ditch Android?
If Samsung has the expertise, they should try rolling their own. However, I don't recommend they stray from remaining compatible with Android apps. Otherwise it's DBA (not database admin, dead BEFORE arrival). As Microsoft can attest, no apps, no demand, no sales, no developers (rinse and repeat). In fact, I'm surprised Microsoft hasn't tried building something that performs a similar function to WINE on Unix by allowing Android apps to run on WP. They could call it ANDE, make it open source and watch the community port it to iOS for the jail-break crowd. I read the latest Lumia premium phablet has 2GB of RAM. That ought to be enough to allow for some overhead -- especially if it's loaded once and shared by multiple apps.
rradina
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10/23/2013 | 5:00:22 PM
re: Should Samsung Ditch Android?
We've been hearing that for years. I agree with the premise and strongly desire it to come true but why hasn't it happened? What makes HTML5 different from other attempts? Java tried and it was a miserable failure. Connections were too slow and even with Microsoft's DLL-hell in full bloom, Sun exhibited a stunning competency to recreate it. (A Java upgrade often broke applets that worked with the prior version.) I'd argue the closest we came is Flash. Unfortunately Apple refused to allow it on iOS and single-handedly killed it.
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10/23/2013 | 4:49:39 PM
re: Should Samsung Ditch Android?
I enjoyed this article, very cool format, especially having the rebuttals. Both authors made convincing arguments as well. Would love to see more articles in this format, its a winner.
As for Samsung, I own a TV, phone, and get this, a refrigerator made by them. The idea of them maybe speaking all the same language is very nerdly compelling. But that language would not have to be Tizen.
"provide a compatibility mode for Android apps" could be a massive undertaking, with an end product that never quite works right, especially given the Wild West landscape of Android.
I can't see it making sense for Samsung to leave Android.
Lorna Garey
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10/23/2013 | 4:35:15 PM
re: Should Samsung Ditch Android?
That makes sense now, but what if Google starts to need to boost revenue? It's smart to walk before someone makes you run.
Lorna Garey
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10/23/2013 | 4:32:56 PM
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I think the primacy of apps will eventually end as HTML5 improves in its ability to use device niceties like cameras and gains dev mindshare. Apps are space hogs and let's face it - most people use only a small fraction. Why not wipe the slate clean and go browser-centric?
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10/23/2013 | 2:27:31 PM
re: Should Samsung Ditch Android?
Samsung trying to change its "destiny" by moving away from being dependent to Android is like dreaming of winning the lottery. I believe Android didnt grew by itself but because it was supported by a lot of hardware manufacturers.

I agree that this could change if Google will start changing the game and starts competing with its partners through Motorola ala Microsoft but I dont see if it will make sense that they do considering that my impression is that part of Android's strength is the support of several hardware manufacturers and the openness of Android allowed these manufacturers to customize the OS to differentiate itself and it came to a point that consumers move from one manufacturer to another but not Android. It has become a battle of who customizes Android best, hardware aside. Manufacturers are competing with each other to get market share with Android. Why would Google want to be a target if it can just sit and watch, throw a bone or two in the form of updates just to keep things going?

MS' case is different in my opinion because Windows is Windows, its only a battle of who makes the best hardware for the OS, nobody customizes the way it looks like Android and it came to a point that PCs are declining because people are going for a more inexpensive alternatives to do basic computing like Apple or Android tablets. PCs is starting to become something for serious work and this is not something we do 24/7. So to my impression, MS had to step up and set a new trend on the hardware side to sway the users back and I believe it is working with Surface, manufacturers started stepping up in the design of their devices for Windows and with Intel working on better low voltage chips, produced promising devices.

I believe Google understands the importance of its partners and I do not believe they will do anything to hurt its relationship with them. They need Android to dominate the mobile OS market and I doubt Motorola can do it alone just the same as manufacturers need people to buy their devices and no other OS can do that.
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10/23/2013 | 1:53:27 PM
re: Should Samsung Ditch Android?
Samsung doesn't control the Android ecosystem. Google does. Samsung is just a hardware vendor. Every single Samsung device is being used by an individual whose primary mail is probably gmail, is used to google maps, has possibly purchased google play apps, watches youtube videos, backups photos automatically to google+ and uploads data and config to google drive. Knowingly or not.

If Samsung stabs google and create its own operating system, google would "kindlefireize" them. How many of the customers described above would switch from android, from their paid apps, from google maps, youtube and gmail to another ecosystem with an order of magnitude worse maturity and content? My guess is not so many.

Android is here to stay. As both of you say, it's all about the ecosystem.
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