Sundar Pichai discusses Samsung, Nokia, and WhatsApp at MWC chat

February 27, 2014
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At MWC, Android and Chrome boss Sundar Pichai spoke, touching on a variety of topics. According to him, the recent news of Google’s work with Samsung is far less exciting than we’d like to believe, and he longs for an Android powered smartwatch. As for Microsoft and their Nokia X — he’s as confused as we are.

 With regard to Samsung, he dismissed talk that there would be any radical new product design, or other interesting work being done. Pichai insisted their newfound bromance was “more boring” than we anticipate, but does lament that Samsung used Tizen on their new wearables. He said he would rather they have used Android, so we just hopes they’re sorry they didn’t when that new Android wearable OS comes out next month.

With regard to Microsoft’s Nokia X devices — because let’s not kid ourselves, it’s a Microsoft phone — he took the opportunity to brag Android up. “This shows that when we say that Android is a free operating system, we do not lie, it's true” said Pichai. He did admit that Microsoft’s efforts aren’t quite clear to him just yet, though. Pichai said he couldn’t see Microsoft’s intentions “very clearly”, which tells us Google is as caught off-guard as we were.

There were other tidbits Pichai noted, but nothing really interesting. He said we’d not see a new Nexus handset before the second half of 2014 (duh…), and that the Galaxy S6 will run Android (more duh). He also re-iterated previous comments about Google's WhatsApp intentions, saying "Google has never made an offer for WhatsApp. This information was completely false." We’re big fans of Pichai, so when he talks, we listen. We just wished he spoke more.

Source: Frandroid (translated)
Via: Phone Arena


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  • http://www.onlineincomemethods.com/ Hasan Shahzad

    Although Samsung is leading the Android World, once Nokia set its primary OS as Android instead of Windows Phone, it will be surely taking the lead once again.

    • shmigga

      I don’t think so. Have you looked at any of the Nokia phones lately? They are all ugly.

    • gmaninvan

      How do you figure? Is this trolling or do you actually believe this?

      First off, the Moto G is a better buy in almost any market with the exception being the ultra low end. This is a device that will not have google play and, more importantly, won’t run google play services. These are becoming increasingly integrated with android apps and I find it really hard to believe that nokia has already made replicas of all the api’s such as location, games, social integration, etc.

      Finally, google play is already ubiquitous in the developing world which largely drives androids current marketshare. This move is meant to unseat that while at the same time promoting an eventual upgrade to windows phone as generations pan out. The problem is that windows phone cannot currently run on hardware that cheap.

      I see this doing ok, but not great. The Moto G is Motorolas best selling smartphone ever and, in most markets, is a better buy than the Nokia X. If they make one with even slightly lower specs, it will still destroy the entire line of Nokia X at the exact same price points.

    • http://franklinc.ca/ Franklin

      Not going to happen any day soon. Microsoft still wants to push their own OS.