Last year, in an utterly ridiculous feature called Crystal ball craziness, I suggested that Google might grow to resent Samsung’s dominance in the Android arena.
Bizarrely, there have been various stories of late suggesting that that might in fact be the case, and that’s exactly what The Wall Street Journal is saying in an article titled “Samsung Sparks Anxiety at Google”.
Samsung accounts for something like 40% of the Android market and shipped a whopping 63.7 million smartphones in Q4 2012 - most of those Android.
To give that figure some context, in the same period, the next biggest Android manufacturer was Huawei with just 10.8 million.
WSJ credits anonymous “people familiar with the matter”, who reckon Samsung “could flex its muscle to renegotiate their arrangement” with Google.
It’s said that Google is keenly schmoozing with non-Samsung OEMs at Mobile World Congress, in an attempt to strengthen bonds and ultimately “keep Samsung's leverage in check”.
As for Google’s purchase of Motorola, it’s described as an “insurance policy against a manufacturer such as Samsung gaining too much power over Android”.
While seemingly a tad melodramatic, that chimes with a recent story claiming that Google was looking to stick it to Samsung with the imminent Motorola X-Phone.
We reckon this is all being blown out of proportion somewhat, but we can appreciate that it’d make sense for Google to even the playing field. In the unlikely event that Samsung ditches Android for Tizen and Windows Phone, Google would inevitably ship a brick.