Google Concerned About Samsung's Android Dominance; Moto X Phone May Stem That Tide

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  1. dgstorm

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    A new report from the Wall Street Journal paints a worrisome picture at Google. Supposedly, Google is concerned that Samsung is growing far too powerful with their current Android hegemony, and may eventually leverage that power to renegotiate different terms. Currently, Samsung sells 40% of all devices that use Google's Android software. It's possible if this lead widens, Samsung may pressure Google to give them newer versions of Android ahead of other manufacturers, and/or might insist on more favorable mobile-ad revenue sharing deals. Here's a quote with some of Samsung's current market stats,

    Google's own head of Android Andy Rubin recently praised Samsung's phenomenal success with Android, but also shared these concerns regarding Samsung's Android dominance. He did also comment that Google's acquisition of Motorola serves as an insurance policy to potentially stem the tide of any one manufacturer becoming too dominant in the Android market. This simply expresses the complicated nature of the relationship between Google and Samsung, especially since Google previously stated they do not intend to show any favoritism toward Motorola.

    In the mean-time, supposedly, Google has been meeting with the other Android OEMs to assist them in becoming more competitive in the Android market. That way they can insure there is enough competitive market pressure to help curtail the explosive growth of Samsung. One other strategy that Google will likely soon employ to help make the Android market more competitive is the rumored Motorola X Phone. It's entrance into the market later in the year will be designed to compete both with the Apple iPhone and with Samsung's Galaxy S devices. This way, Google intends to help bring some market balance to the Android world by creating another exciting Android product that consumers can rally behind.

    [Editor's Note: Of course, some of these market fears could easily be fueled by analysts and news outlets themselves. Right now the relationship between Google and Samsung is strong, and it is really only pure speculation that Samsung might ever use their market dominance to pressure Google. It's entirely possible that Samsung could just as easily continue their highly profitable relationship without making waves. If their recent behavior of settling disputes amicably with LG is any example, that seems more likely.]

    Source: WSJ
     
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    Hey Google, want to change that situation...get Moto in gear and release some Dev friendly phones. Stop letting carriers lock them down and actually release updates in good amount of times. I loved my DroidX. But it was locked down and though there was tons of love for the DX, there had to be some serious work arounds to get stuff to work. I will never look at Moto again unless the locking down stops and frankly, the device needs to look better. The newer phones are ugly to me.
     
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    If Motorola/Google sold a vanilla android phone with LTE & external storage (SD), I would buy it. So would the rest of the world...

    You hear that Rubin?!
     
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    And.... a removable battery!
     
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    I still think Google bought Moto mainly for the patents. I don't think Moto will become what many of you are hoping for as Google doesn't want to too directly compete with its customers. To the extent Google gets into the manufacturing game (not just phones) I suspect it will be mainly focused on experience devices for early adopters, takling competing in 10-15% of the market tops.