One of the first people that we saw at Samsung’s Unpacked event last night was their mobile chief, JK Shin. After giving us the first official look of the Galaxy S4, Shin left the event up to their paid performers, but the Wall Street Journal caught him for an interview afterwards and grilled him on all sorts of things. When asked about their growing Android dominance and Google, Shin said, “ We like Android and we plan to continue our good relations with Google. I don’t think it’s correct to say that there’s friction.”
With Samsung growing so huge in the Android market, many speculated that Google might be worried if they had intentions on possibly leaving. With these new words, Shin somewhat reassures us that leaving is not currently their intention. When asked if their many legal struggles changed how Samsung designed their phones, Shin mentioned Air Gesture and that their engineers worked to “develop unique features internally.”
The WSJ also asked Samsung the question we were all thinking – why develop a phone with Tizen as an OS when you have Android? Shin replied that it’s always been Samsung’s plan to work with multiple software companies, saying, “There are different needs from our customers and the market for third-party OS.”
All in all, I think it’s safe to say we don’t have to worry too much about Samsung going anywhere. They seem pretty invested in this OS.