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Samsung vs. Google: Dueling smartwatches and a possible Android fork
The WSJ writes that "people familiar with the matter" say the smartwatch is in the late stages of development and that Google is in talks with Asian device manufacturers.
None of this is a real surprise: Google was rumored as far back as last March to be working on a smartwatch, so I'm confident the WSJ article is accurate.
It also makes sense that Google would want its own smartwatch. What is the search giant's core business but to present users with a wide variety of contextually useful information on whatever device they're using? It's hard for Google to pass up an opportunity to ply its trade on a device that one analyst said "has the potential to be the world's most-glanced-at surface."
When it hits the stores -- which the WSJ suggests won't be until early next year -- Google's smartwatch will be entering a crowded market that will include devices from Qualcomm, Sony, Pebble and (maybe) Apple.
But given its glitzy debut and heavy advertising blitz, the Galaxy Gear shapes up to be Google's most formidable obstacle in the smartwatch market. Which is fitting, since longtime Android partners Samsung and Google increasingly appear to be preparing for life without the other.
The seeds of the slow-motion rift were planted in Samsung's success as the world's top Android manufacturer. Nearly 80% of Android phones shipped worldwide are made by the South Korean company. And data released by IDC on Tuesday show Samsung leading all other phone manufacturers -- including Apple -- with global market share of 31.4%. These numbers give Samsung real heft in the mobile space.
But Samsung has a strong identity in the mobile market that transcends its role as an Android device maker. On a simple level, just go to your local Best Buy and you'll see Samsung mobile accessories right next to Android accessories.
More significantly, Samsung has made a concerted effort to position itself against Android in the enterprise market by offering "secure" platforms (SAFE and KNOX) for managing devices running Google's mobile OS, all without even mentioning Android in an ad.
For its part, Google last year purchased Android manufacturer Motorola and recently launched its Moto X smartphone to compete with Samsung's Galaxy S4, the HTC One and other high-end Andorid devices.
Add in smartwatches and other wearables -- Samsung just filed a patent for glasses that are connected to a smartphone, thus competing with Google Glass -- and the longtime Android partners increasingly appear to be going head-to-head.
Is it possible that Samsung will abandon Android? Remember Tizen, the mobile OS that Samsung is developing with Intel. It's still hard to tell what Samsung's plans are for the Linux-based system, but it's working on an alternative to Android for a reason. That reason may simply be to hedge its bets, but that simply reinforces the notion that Samsung walking away from Android is a possibility.
That being said, Samsung is a long way from replacing Android with Tizen. It takes years to build a base of developers to make the apps critical to any mobile OS's survival, and that process really hasn't begun for Tizen.
It's also possible that Samsung will "fork" Android, as did Amazon. That course of action was raised by The Motley Fool's Sam Mattera, who notes that Samsung this week held its first developers conference in San Francisco. The goal of the event is to persuade developers to build apps that, yes, will run on any Android device, but will also include features that can only be used on a Samsung Android phone.
You sure can argue that's one big step toward forking. Google has begun to protect itself by partially closing off its open source mobile OS so that, basically, forked versions would lack some of the cool features and functionality of the controlled version. Ron Amadeo at ars technica does a great job of explaining Google's tactics to control "open source by any means necessary."
Over the next year you can expect Samsung to push the "forking" line while continuing to develop Tizen. But I don't think the company is in any big hurry to break up with Google. There's no compelling need -- yet.
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