Is Samsung’s success a problem for Android? Not according to Sundar Pichai

by: Nate SwannerMay 30, 2013

Sundar Pichai and Walt Mossberg

We opine about Samsung’s grip on Android quite a bit. Is it healthy for Android? What about TIzen? There are so many issues we concern ourselves with.

It comes from a good place, though. We love Android, and would really like to see a little levelling in the market. HTC makes fantastic devices, and the LG Nexus 4 is brilliant. Those two are, unfortunately, satellite manufacturers in the Android space. They make great devices, but rarely have the presence or impact Samsung does. Even Motorola, now owned by Google, has a limited foothold in a market they’ve been active in from the beginning.

Sundar Pichai doesn’t think Samsung’s dominance as a problem. At all. In reference to Samsung, Pichai notes “they’re a very close partner. We enjoy a very close working relationship. We actually owe a lot of success, in Android, to what they’ve done.”

“Today, I see a pretty symbiotic relationship, and we intend to keep it that way.” is how Pichai phrased the Android/Samsung success story. He went on to reference Microsoft and Intel working together, and how well it works when a software and hardware manufacturer work in unison.

In regard to the future of Samsung and Android, Pichai had the following to offer: “We are working on projects for the next twelve to eighteen months, and the collaboration is getting deeper. You will see that play out as we ship these devices.”

While there are no indications of just what those products are, the collaboration between Samsung and Google has been wonderful. Both Samsung Nexus devices were really good, and the Samsung ARM Chromebook defined the genre. If we are set to get more of that, then there is little reason to concern ourselves with Samsung’s success. We just hope Google doesn’t lose a broader focus and forget the other manufacturers, who also have a lot to offer.

  • cycad007

    I would prefer that Google just ditches Samsung. Samsung is working on ditching Google/Android in any case. I imagine we’ll see Tizen more & more in the future.

    • Jokesy

      Don’t believe in Media bull$%it$… Samsung and Google are fine with each other. Samsung would rather have Tizen and ditch the useless and non-profitable WP and to ditch the profitable Android. Samsung ditching Android will be one of the greatest stupidity ever.. And no business excels on such stupidity

    • freedomspopular

      Samsung won’t be ditching Android any time soon.

  • Riki Sutton

    I don’t know why people keep bringing this up. Samsung and Google need each other.

    Google relies on Samsung’s success for advertising and pushing their services on people; Samsung needs Google for the excitement Android generates. Tizen well never be as popular as Android

    • nishantsirohi123

      Tizen is the plan-B for Samsung.
      There is nothing wrong with a company to have something of its own, after all Android is a third party software.
      Samsung is an excellent company(shut up about plastic), with great and above all, affordable devices
      they cover every price range, which is important for a global presence, unlike some companies that say “we are not for poor people”

    • TheMimic12

      Samsung likes covering their bases when it comes to operating systems. They make phones, tablets, computers, etc. of all shapes and sizes. and they run different software: stock Android, Android with TouchWiz, Windows Phone, Bada, and now Tizen. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Samsung came out with a phone or tablet with Ubuntu Touch. Heck, if webOS was still around and semi-successful, they might have made one of those.

  • There you have it, Samsung has been real good to Android

  • simpleas

    Once again, the big difference between what online bloggers say and what the actual reality is.

  • Anirudh

    He said what was not to be compared,Intel n Microsoft v/s Samsung n Google. Window RT on ARM ,Intel in android ,Sammy n Intel in tizen can bring some confusion but some rivalry is hard to un-notice.