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Google and Samsung come to blows over conflicting smartwatch plans

Firms' relationship described as 'contentious'
Fri Jul 18 2014, 12:14

Samsung Gear Live smartwatch with Android WearGOOGLE AND SAMSUNG reportedly are at each other's throats again, and this time it's about smartwatches.

That's according to The Information (paywalled), which reports that Google CEO Larry Page and Samsung vice chairman Jay Lee held a "tense private meeting" last week where they discussed the companies' conflicting smartwatch plans.

More specifically, Google apparently isn't pleased about Samsung's focus on its own Tizen mobile operating system, despite the firm having recently launched the Samsung Gear Live that runs Android Wear. However, Page reportedly is not pleased about the fact that, in comparison, Samsung has three Tizen smartwatches on the market - the Galaxy Gear, Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo - and believes the Korean firm is more "invested" in its own software rather than Android.

Google wants Samsung to focus its efforts more on Android Wear than Tizen because of the tight integration that Android Wear offers with the multitude of Android devices on the market.

This isn't the first time Google and Samsung have argued, and Thursday's report notes that while the relationship between the two companies might seem fine on the surface, there is still a lot of tension between the two, with Samsung referring to Google as a "bully" behind closed doors and the firm's smartphone partnership being described as "contentious."

Unlikely helping the situation, Samsung last week launched Galaxy Apps, an app store designed exclusively for its own smartphones, likely in order to take some of Google's Play store revenues. Tensions were also high last year when Google reportedly asked Samsung to tone down its custom Android skin, to bring it more in line with its own "vision." µ


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