Samsung Commits to Android
Google Android now has an even stronger relationship with hardware giant Samsung. According to wsj.com the Galaxy tab maker and rival to Apple’s iPad might to be ready to commit 100% to the platform. Samsung has been developing it’s own OS, Bada for mobile phones, thus competing with Android and Apple for handset sales, but might now see the momentum Android has as a driver for positioning itself as the premium builder of hardware for Google’s mobile OS in both tablet and mobile phone markets.
In addition this post on talkandroid.com indicates the dominance Android already has over Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS. Incredibly, this report suggests Android put more money in Microsoft’s account the it’s own flagship mobile OS via HTC handsets sales because of an earlier patent ruling settled out of court.
The big question is will Apple and/or Microsoft challenge Android in the near future? Some reports suggest Windows Phone will dominate as early as 2013.
Samsung is about to release a 10.1 inch version of it’s Galaxy Tab mobile device and according to wsj.com post has it’s sights on leading the race for 4G, with Android as it’s OS. Therefore the two US tech hardware+software suppliers have their work cut out to maintain a hold in an aggressive market against non-US hardware manufacturers using Android. Microsoft has to deliver ROI for shareholders on it’s recent deal with Nokia and may well believe it can take Android on in the long run. Apple’s iOS market share is being beaten already by Android according to Gartner although the figures have to be seen in context.