Will Samsung be next to dump (or “fork”) Android?

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    Posted: 21 June 2012 02:57 AM

    Samsung Focusing On Phone Software

    “With the much-acclaimed Galaxy SIII in its pocket, don’t think that Samsung is looking at Amazon’s success with the Kindle and Apple’s success with its iOS devices and saying to themselves, ‘No, we’d rather not have that kind of diverse revenue, we’ll stick to razor-thin hardware margins,’ writes blogger Kevin Purdy. And that’s not the only reason that Samsung might decide the time is right to maintain its own OS, or at least an Android fork: There’s also the looming spectre of Google-Motorola.”

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  • Posted: 21 June 2012 03:16 AM #1

    Of course. While Google continues to do the grunt work of keeping Android up to date, yet “open source”, it’s a free basis for Samsung’s own variant and ecosystem. But even if you hire the best engineers and tell them to build their dream, it doesn’t work if you still have the same management culture. And management culture is supremely difficult to change. Organisations chew up and spit out nonconforming managers.

         
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    Posted: 21 June 2012 04:32 AM #2

    Samsung may try to fork Android, but they’ve not shown much software success with their Bada attempts. What Google has accomplished is not as easy as it seems. Ask Nokia, RIM and Palm. Ask Microsoft, who actually have decades of experience with software.

    So will they be driven by pride or pragmatism? Arrogance or greed? Are they confident enough in their software engineers to run with the latest “open” Android code and head out on their own?

    My guess is that Samsung believes they can beat Goog-orola using the “real” Android. Certainly for the first year or two Google will tread lightly with the Motorola division. Google can’t risk losing their most successful hardware partner just yet.

         
  • Posted: 21 June 2012 09:47 AM #3

    Doesn’t Sammy already fork Android by putting its crappy TouchWiz on it?  Maybe it’s a matter of degree?

    All these attempts to personalize Android are a real problem for the platform—largely unnoticed by Android users—because handset manufacturers are very slow to fit Google’s security updates into the reskinned Sammy, HTC, Moto, etc. handsets running Android.

         
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    Posted: 21 June 2012 11:58 AM #4

    Mercel - 21 June 2012 12:47 PM

    Doesn’t Sammy already fork Android by putting its crappy TouchWiz on it?  Maybe it’s a matter of degree?

    All these attempts to personalize Android are a real problem for the platform—largely unnoticed by Android users—because handset manufacturers are very slow to fit Google’s security updates into the reskinned Sammy, HTC, Moto, etc. handsets running Android.

    I think technically TouchWiz is a skin so they are still using the main Google code line., but it definitely delays the release integrating the new layer. Since Bada sales slowed I think Samsung will put their effort toward Tizen.  The SK govt wanted LG& Sammy to develop an open source alternative and Tizen is basically a Linux distro with TouchWiz skinning.  We will have to wait and see if it gains any followers in the market.  With Intel trying to push into the market, it could gain traction.

         
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    Posted: 22 June 2012 02:21 AM #5

    pats - 21 June 2012 02:58 PM
    Mercel - 21 June 2012 12:47 PM

    Doesn’t Sammy already fork Android by putting its crappy TouchWiz on it?  Maybe it’s a matter of degree?

    All these attempts to personalize Android are a real problem for the platform—largely unnoticed by Android users—because handset manufacturers are very slow to fit Google’s security updates into the reskinned Sammy, HTC, Moto, etc. handsets running Android.

    I think technically TouchWiz is a skin so they are still using the main Google code line., but it definitely delays the release integrating the new layer. Since Bada sales slowed I think Samsung will put their effort toward Tizen.  The SK govt wanted LG& Sammy to develop an open source alternative and Tizen is basically a Linux distro with TouchWiz skinning.  We will have to wait and see if it gains any followers in the market.  With Intel trying to push into the market, it could gain traction.

    Samsung adopting Tizen was what the other link in the Slashdot story was suggesting, although the summary was pretty unclear. Samsung actually publishes a development kit for Tizen, like Apple and Xcode. Why would Samsung do this?

    More on Tizen.

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