This is certainly an interesting article. I agree with some of the points, not all. I do think that google needs to have more power/control over android though.
Interesting, but not totally correct (imo). Android has never been about profit for google, it's been said many times over that it's not nearly as profitable as what ios or even windows phone is.
Android is all about providing a hook into Google's web services, and it's very good at doing that. The revenue then comes from ads and the aforementioned services.
I doubt android will go under so long as people need a reliable mobile os and Web services.
with worldwide 70%+ marketshare and US 50%+ marketshare, Android is not going anywhere anytime soon. the only way these numbers can go to apples favor is IF apple starts offering low, mid, high range model, different screen sizes and price.
so other than apple who/what will take Androids place? Blackberry? Microsoft? please....
"OK thanks to our success and marketing, no one is thinking this phone is android/google, they just want the new 'galaxy' phone, So were replacing Android with our own OS (calling it Galaxy OS) and offering people the exact same experience, same S-applications"...
so the end user experience isn't interrupted (it feels, looks & operates in exactly the same way, that they buy a samsung device for) but Samsung in one stroke are now free from Google's ties and can generate their own revenue streams from their own app market.
In principle I agree with what you are saying
Samsung phones do have there own look to them so perhaps many do not realise it is Android underneath
But one of the biggest complaints I see on here about moving phones is being tied into the eco system
I currently have a Samsung phone and all data is tied into Googles eco system, If I bought a new Samsung and didn't know they had moved to their own eco system, I would be very p'ed off
You walk into a room. Everyone in the room is used to eating meal A. Meal A offers the nutrition they want, the flavor they enjoy at a price they're willing to pay. The only problem is, Meal A is cooked, sold and distributed by only one chef: Chef A.
You want to sell meal B. Meal B offers just as much satisfaction as Meal A but you've got no Chefs. Without Chefs, who's gonna sell your Meal B? So you give away the ingredients for Meal B, for free to all the Chefs in the room. Not only that, but you constantly update Meal B to make it tastier, more nutritional and funner to cook.
Now, years later, over 50% of the room has now come to love Meal B. It's part of their daily diet. Some Chefs have made a respectable business for themselves cooking and selling Meal B.
Over 50% of the room can't survive without eating it.
And all the Chefs except Chef A can't survive without selling it.
Now you make it not free.
Samsung wont leave android anytime soon and prolly wont ever.They are invested into the eco system now
why would Samsung leave a monster eco system when they can add what ever they want on top of it and keep the android eco system that goes with it.
Although Samsung had its best quarter ever last year, the profit margin on each new smartphone it sells is slipping. Many analysts believe it's going to be increasingly difficult for Samsung to stand out from other phone makers, unless it can create its own distinctive software.
Samsung is spending hundreds of millions building a new campus here, and it's recruiting new programming talents. When it unveiled its latest phone last week, the boldest innovations were not chipsets or a high-def screen. They were programs that could translate languages and edit photos in new, surprising ways.
In short, Samsung's new phone was all about software.
Simple. When you have a captured audience (200+ million galaxy owners projected in 24 months time) - why would you want someone else to gain financially from your captured audience, the logical business decision would be to make them eco-dependant on you and your services - not someone else.
Seems like a very big risk for them, expecting users just to move to a new eco system
It's like Apple bringing out the iPhone 6, iOS7 and saying, we have listened to our users and redesigned everything from scratch, unfortunately it is no longer compatible with iCloud/iTunes