News by Luke Jones on Saturday June 28, 2014.
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Android's chief Sundar Pichai has been discussing all things Android with Wired and shed some light on the future of Android and even Google's relationship with Samsung.It has been a busy week for Pichai as he took to the stage at Google's I/O to lay out the company's roadmap for the foreseeable future. During the keynote event the company laid out a vision that brings Android front and center of the Google experience, and as head of Android, Pichai is the man to carry the vision forward. At I/O Pichai and his Android colleagues laid down the foundation of a movement that will see Android become the hub not only of Google, but also of people's entertainment life. The platform is now covering wearable?s, in car tech, TV, and of course Tablets and smartphones, while Android's ties to Chrome increased too. It is arguable that Android has become the most connected and dynamic platform ever, but what is not arguable is the fact that if you want to you can have Android on just about any device in your living room and beyond. "There's been a big evolution since the days of personal computing. People had a concept of one computing device per family or maybe per person. We've clearly evolved to computing devices becoming more personal. People increasingly have a lot of those in their lives. So to us, the thing was, how do you build a computing platform and an experience which spans all those screens? How do you get it all working for users in a cohesive way? We need to bring Android and Chrome to every screen that matters for users, which is why we focused on phone, wearable's, car, television, laptops, and even your workplace. Also, we wanted to do things in a way in which they were really contextually aware. A major theme was this notion of your phone being at the center of this connected experience ?voice enabled, with Google Now cards accessible." Samsung's relationship with Google has been talked about recently, including by me. There is a thought that the Korean company sees a long term future away from Android and almost exclusively on its own Tizen operating system. There is no doubt that Samsung's own roadmap leads it to more Tizen products in the near and distant future, but Pichai said Google still enjoyed a good relationship with Samsung. However, while he said it was mutually beneficial for the two companies to co-exist, there is certainly a sense even in Pichai's words that the relationship between Google and Samsung is only as good as the benefits. In other words, if Tizen was to become a success on its own, Samsung would see less benefit in working with Google so closely on Android. "Samsung and us are in this together for a very long run because it makes sense for us to be in it together to win. I view us as fellow travelers. We realize unless we coordinate, we won't be able to produce a great user experience. A lot gets said about the relationship, but the reality is the teams work incredibly hard and incredibly close together on a daily basis." source: Wired