New Android Leadership Could Be Good News for OEMs


Samsung’s the most popular manufacturer of Androids out there today, yet we keep hearing about the company’s misgivings about Google’s control over the platform, and how Samsung would just love to have an alternative – usually presented in the form of Tizen. At least, that’s been the tune so far, but could Samsung – and presumably other OEMs that were feeling a bit Android-wary – change its opinion of Android following news of Andy Rubin’s departure? That’s the feeling we’re getting from the comments of one Samsung exec.

In a recent interview, Samsung Chief Product Officer Kevin Packingham described Rubin as sometimes having been quite stubborn. Rubin would make up his mind about something, as Packingham describes, and then get locked-in to that opinion, unswayed by further arguments.

On the flip side, Packingham praised the new Android top dog, Sundar Pichai, for his willingness to be collaborative.

Maybe Samsung won’t be in such a rush to move to Tizen, after all.

Source: Business Insider
Via: BGR

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