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.