There is no doubt about it, Samsung is big but sometimes it looks like it has gotten too big for its own good. Do you remember the launch of the Galaxy S4? Samsung was full of self-praise for all the neat features that it has packed into its latest smartphone. It was oozing with joy about its TouchWiz UI and the presentation was a sight to behold with actors, pop-up stages and even an orchestra… However there was something missing, Samsung forgot to mention Android!
Was this deliberate? Does Samsung see itself bigger than the whole Android eco-system? Will Samsung try to dominate Android? Conspiracy theories abounded everywhere! But yesterday during its presentation of its new smartwatch – the Galaxy Gear – Samsung made a good attempt to set things right. In a lighthearted but dramatic moment J.K. Shin, Samsung’s head of mobile communications, introduced the new smartdevice by pretending to receive a text message which read, “Don’t forget to mention Android.”
Like the Galaxy S4 and the majority of Samsung’s other smartphones and tablets, the Galaxy Gear runs on Google’s Android operating system. An operating system and eco-system that Google gave to companies like Samsung for free. Android itself is built on Linux, which Linus Torvalds in turn gave to everyone for free. Samsung mustn’t forget on whose shoulders it is standing!
Also it seems that Samsung learnt a lesson from the Galaxy S4 event and during the Galaxy Note 3 launch it didn’t forget to mention Android either!
Update: Check the video above (via PhoneBuff) to see how it all went down!