The already dented relationship between Samsung and it’s major smartphone software provider, Google, has taken another strain as both parties were said to be at a disagreement over what might be or what might not be.
Samsung and Google were said to be at disagreement over the former’s Gear Live smartwatch which was released at the latter’s I/O developer conference.
In “tense private meeting” which had Google CEO Larry Page and Samsung VP Jay Y. Lee present, the two technology giants tried to settle their differences over Samsung’s preference to do a Tizen smartwatch with Android underneath other that a plain Google Android Wear-powered one.
“Right before Samsung launched its first Gear watch last fall,” Sun Valley reported, “Google objected to how it planned to brand the device, since it was running a very heavily modified version of Android, according to people familiar with the matter. Google had wanted Samsung to wait to release the Gear until its new version of Android for wearables, Android Wear, was ready. But Samsung pushed ahead.”
Samsung is currently trying to run away from Google’s Android shadow by pushing it’s own Tizen OS into new devices. A smartphone called Samsung Z was even announced earlier this year but has failed to launch owing some confidential internal reasons by Samsung.