Liz Gannes and Ina Fried, writing for Recode:
In early January, while the rest of the consumer technology world
at CES marveled at the sheer size of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy
tablet, Google execs were dismayed by what they saw on the screen
of the massive 12.1-inch slate — a fancy new user interface
called Magazine UX. As Re/code’s Bonnie Cha wrote at the time:
“The Magazine UX looks like a mix of Flipboard and Microsoft’s
Metro user interface with its dynamic dashboard and app
shortcuts.” In other words, the interface was a dramatic departure
from Google’s vision for Android.
Multiple sources familiar with the companies’ thinking say the two
technology giants began hammering out a series of broad agreements
at CES that would bring Samsung’s view of Android in line with
Google’s own. The results of the talks, which have only just begun
dribbling out to the public, also underscore the extent to which
Google is exerting more of its influence to control its destiny in
the Android open source world.
I’m sure Samsung loves getting pushed around like this. Samsung doesn’t have a replacement for Google Maps, for example, so their backs are to the wall on this — and from what I’ve heard from a little birdie, Maps is one of the services Google is using to get Samsung to fall in line. It’s not really much of a negotiation — it’s Google telling Samsung to stick to near-default Android or they won’t license Maps and other Google services.
★ Wednesday, 29 January 2014