Google CEO Meets With LG, Samsung; Talks Secret Deals
May 3, 2013 11:26 AM
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Nexus TV, Glasses, and Nexus 5 may be on the menu for LG and Google
The Korea Times
that Google Inc.'s (
) new CEO Larry Page flew to South Korea last week to meet with top executives at the world's largest and third largest phonemakers -- Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
) and LG Electronics, Inc. (
) (respectively). Both South Korean-based firms are key proponents of the Android platform.
I. Google Meets With LG, Samsung
Mr. Page's meeting with Samsung’s vice chairman Lee Jay-yong, a son of owner Lee Kun-hee, was more casual with the pair appearing in public and Mr. Lee putting his hand on Mr. Page's shoulder in a friendly gesture. Two other Samsung executives -- Samsung Corporate Strategy Office head Choi Gee-sung and mobile division chief Shin Jong-kyun were pictured at the outing.
The world's largest smartphone maker is a challenging puzzle for Google. Recent reports indicate that Google is
nervous about Samsung's size
allowing it to try to force Google to abandon its position as a non-biased third-party platform provider. At the same time Google is well aware that Samsung is working on a
new Linux-based smartphone OS -- Tizen
-- with Intel Corp. (
). Thus Google must tread cautiously.
Larry Page meets with Samsung executives. [Image Source: HK Silicon]
But ultimately the problem may be fixing itself, via Google's other host on the visit -- LG.
LG Electronics started the smartphone wars sluggishly, which
led to the ouster of then-CEO Nam Yong
. The gadgetmaker refreshed its management, installing Koo Bon-Joon as its new CEO. Under Mr. Koo's leadership the phonemaker began to recover, with the smartphone unit
first returning to profitability in 2011
. LG has since quietly become a power player in the Android market. And with LG emerging as a strong second-place Android phonemaker, Samsung's potential leverage over Google may naturally erode.
report cites sources as saying, "Larry Page invited Koo for a meeting while he stayed in Seoul last week. They discussed ways to improve their business partnership. The meeting lasted for more than an hour."
II. LG and Google Rumored to be Working on Glasses, Nexus TV, and Nexus 5
Multiple sources have all but confirmed that LG is working to make the next generation Google-branded Nexus smartphone, following the success of its Nexus 4. The high-end smartphone is
rumored to be codenamed "Megalodon"
and pack a 5-inch 1080p OLED screen. It will reportedly
launch at Google I/O
later this month. LG is also working on
an Android smartphone with a flexible display
for the holiday season.
is another key joint effort between LG and Google. LG does not make the current dev-model Glass devices, however, it is expected to release future devices of this form factor, driven by Google technology. Both companies are working on both the hardware and software side
to mature the project
. LG last week received a new patent
U.S. Patent No. 8,427,396
which covers a "Head mounted display and method of outputting a content using the same in which the same identical content is displayed."
LG's new wearable display patent [Image Source: USPTO]
LG's new technology could offer improved augmented reality displays for Google Glass, such as overlaid text message readouts or turn-by-turn directions.
While Samsung insists on developing its own proprietary software for its SmartTVs, LG
completed in 2012 a deal to adopt Google TV
. It only launched two models in 2012, but this year it's looking to expand the mix of Google TV's in its lineup, which primarily features SmartTVs with a
. LG is trying to figure out how best to balance Google TV,
its recent purchase webOS
, and its older proprietary OS in its line.
Google's TV OS has struggled, but the company
doggedly continues to pursue it
, expecting this to emerge as a key market. Reportedly Google may look to pair with LG to do a special "
" OLED set,
beating rival Apple
, Inc. (
) to the market with a flagship model.
LG is second place in the LCD TV market, currently, trailing Samsung,
's March 2013 numbers. But LG is expected to see gains as the first major manufacturer to
release a large form factor OLED TV
. It also released an
eye-catching curved 55-inch OLED design
, which is currently on sale for roughly ~$13,000 USD and only available in South Korea (for now).
The Korean Times
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RE: All for one ... Microsoft that is.
5/6/2013 6:51:43 AM
Agree. Since the current prices (of handsets) with the included MS licensing fees are still competitive in the market. There is no hurry to change anything. However, if Google manages to release the next major version that might do away with potential infringements, then it would be a lot of savings for the OEM. They might not pass all that savings downwards and pocket substantial millions they need. Not that this affects MS much but the bully would really need to be exposed as such tactics in licensing under closed doors are dubious at best. Just because it is MS. Hey look at "Oracle vs Google on Java". Looks solid on Oracle's side but they still lost. MS will be in the same boat if some company dared to go to trial with their suit.
Back to Larry's visit. It has got to be something BIG brewing for Google with LG and Samsung happening soon. Hopefully, we might hear of that soon enough. Or else, a newly release product might give us a strong clue. It has got to be product related. Glass and Nexus maybe more ...
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