Google looking to stick it to Samsung with the Motorola X Phone?

Google looking to stick it to Samsung with the Motorola X Phone?A few weeks ago, in Crystal ball craziness: wild (and entirely unrealistic) predictions for the future, I touched on the Google/Samsung relationship, and joked that the former might be concerned over the latter’s promiscuity.

Over on Unwired View, Brian S Hall is thinking along the same lines, though – admittedly – with far more eloquence.

In my glimpse of the future, I had Google aiming – ultimately – to make Motorola “the new Samsung”.

Bold Bri proposes: “Samsung has simply become too powerful within the Android ecosystem. What if Samsung were to ‘fork’ Android? What if they were to cut a global deal with Microsoft, say, and make Bing and Bing Maps the defaults? This is not far-fetched.”

As such, it’s suggested that the rumoured X Phone (essentially a Motorola Nexus device) might be more of an “attack on Samsung” than against the iPhone; put those wily South Koreans in their place.

Another wild theory currently doing the rounds is that Samsung might look to wean itself off of Android entirely – and switch to Tizen.

With all this talk of Google/Samsung tension, and the semi-imminent arrival of Tizen and Sailfish, it’s certainly looking like things will be significantly more interesting than predicted by IDC.

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Pondlife  Jan. 6, 2013 at 16:19

More eloquent mayhaps but still nonsense.

Even wp has dumped bing maps...

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 6, 2013 at 17:24

Google and Motorola may well make some kind of Nexus device, it may even be called the "X Phone", but I highly doubt they're making it in an attempt to "stick it to" Samsung.

Why would Samsung fork Android? Why would Samsung start using inferior Windows apps (they must see how poorly their WP devices sell compared to their Android ones)? Why would Samsung stop using Android? They didn't make Bada, WP or their proprietary OS (a la Tocco devices) their primary OS, did they?

There are no signs, whatsoever, that Samsung intend to do anything untoward with Android or their Android devices, they make a sh*t-ton of profit from them, why would they risk messing that up?

I don't doubt the existence of a Moto Nexus, that makes perfect sense. What I do doubt, is this strange theory that it'll a) scare off all the other Android manufacturers or b) is an attempt to somehow outshine the other Android manufacturers (any more than any other flagship device attempts to outshine its competition, obviously).

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 6, 2013 at 18:29

matt,
I agree with regards to Samsung - Google aren't that stupid.
On the other hand - it wouldn't harm to have another Android 'flagship' that isn't also Samsung's...

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 6, 2013 at 18:29

matt,
I agree with regards to Samsung - Google aren't that stupid.
On the other hand - it wouldn't harm to have another Android 'flagship' that isn't also Samsung's...

SpeedyG  Jan. 6, 2013 at 18:48

You can say that again Jan...

Moto Nexus needs to make a big impression in Europe tbh.

mightyforest  Jan. 6, 2013 at 19:28

id love to see Samsung leave Android altogether. Wondering where would android phone sales be this year without the fame of the gs3. And wp8 still rocks Bing maps but also utilize Nokia maps too

Pondlife  Jan. 6, 2013 at 19:35

I'm sure you would, but those phones didn't just sell because they were by samsung, android was a large part of it too. Regardless of whether it's still there or not MS practically admitted it's not up to the job by bringing in Nokia maps too and talking it up, if Samsung make it their main maps they'll get laughed at. It's not happening, it's as likely as HP stopping making windows computers and switching to only making chromebooks.

Dougal1709  Jan. 7, 2013 at 09:22

Google will never be able to make a device that comes close to being as popular as Samsung's because Google also sell content and therefore have to limit their devices to encourage people towards google play. This means that things like SD_Card support, HDMI output and USB OTG are always going to be missing. Samsungs devices will always have greater functionality.

Pondlife  Jan. 7, 2013 at 11:58

Well except the N4 and N10 have ways to output via hdmi and the n4 has the miracast thing too iirc

Dougal1709  Jan. 7, 2013 at 12:05

So all you have to do is spend a grand on a brand new smart TV and bob's your uncle. bargain ;o)

Pondlife  Jan. 7, 2013 at 12:10

Did you miss the bit about both having ways to output via hdmi, the N10 has hdmi socket even...

Galaxy nexus had mhl hdmi and you could get it to use USB otg for that matter...

Dougal1709  Jan. 7, 2013 at 17:54

Yeah, I ignored that bit. I have a Nexus 7 and there's no way to do it and it has annoyed me. CURSE YOU GOOGLE!

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 7, 2013 at 17:56

Yeah, I ignored that bit. I have a Nexus 7 and there's no way to do it and it has annoyed me. CURSE YOU GOOGLE!

I'm with you, but in fairness: it's a cheap tab. Let the glass be half full.

Pondlife  Jan. 7, 2013 at 18:13

Well in fairness it was well known before it was available, and it does have usb otg..

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 7, 2013 at 18:39

Good point. I can't quite feel for people who buy products and then complain about known specs (or absence thereof). Look, I bought an iPhone and Apple never said it's not a 5inch screen...

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 7, 2013 at 20:55

Good point. I can't quite feel for people who buy products and then complain about known specs (or absence thereof). Look, I bought an iPhone and Apple never said it's not a 5inch screen...
+1, it's **** me off too when people do it. If you can read, you have no excuse for moaning about clearly stated specs (apart from cameras, as even some 8mp cameras can be bit...naff ).

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