How much salt do you have? Is it less than five pounds? If so, go buy five pounds of salt and then dump all of it on this rumor before consumption.
A bit ago, Samsung rather quietly hired the creator and lead developer of Cyanogenmod, one Steve Kondik, presumably to work on the software side of their Android handsets. According to a tipster to AndroidSPIN, this wasn’t the case. Apparently (says tipster), Kondik was hired to help develop Samsung’s own bada platform and to help integrate a Linux base into the fledgling OS, so that Samsung could move from Android to bada for their future devices, as early as the end of next year. Samsung was none-too-pleased, so postulates said tipster, with Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobile, thus moving them to begin a departure from the Android platform.
There’s plenty wrong with this, of course. First off, Samsung is Android’s number one handset manufacturer and Android is Samsung’s number one cash cow. Google knows this and Samsung knows this. And while I’m sure there’s a bit of contention regarding the Motorola buyout, I’m equally sure that there were plenty of reassurances, both written and verbal, between Google and Samsung behind closed doors. Google wouldn’t frighten away its main source of handset sales, and Samsung wouldn’t either, particularly for a mobile OS that has yet to even make an appearance in most of the world. I wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung is shoring up its bada platform to make it usable for a wider audience, but they wouldn’t abandon the jolly green giant for it.
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