Recent reports have indicated tensions could exist between Google and Samsung, but were downplayed by Google CFO and Senior Vice President Patrick Pichette as well as Samsung Mobile Chief JK Shin. Although their working relationship is probably amicable, I have to believe that there is a little uneasiness at Google. Consumers continue to buy Samsung Galaxy branded phones in droves.
It’s no longer just Nokia offering free navigation on a range of its smartphones, but now Google too, on Android phones running OS 1.6 and up, ensuring most phones on the market either already work from today or will with a free Android market download of the latest Google Maps version.
Google launched the first Android One phones in India starting at $103 from Micromax, Karbonn, and Spice, and backed by direct Android updates from Google. Google announced its Android One initiative for selling budget Android phones in developing countries at Junes Google I/O conference.
According to recent data from Strategy Analytics, Google’s Android OS has peaked, with their market share slipping ever so slightly. The open source OS shipped on 84% of all smartphones sold in Q3. By comparison, Apple’s iOS accounted for 12%, Windows Phone had 3% and Blackberry hung in there with 1%.