Will Samsung own Android’s future?

Sam Byford at The Verge:

If it wasn’t already clear, Samsung’s first annual Developers Conference, which kicks off next week in San Francisco, is the latest indication that the company is serious about software as a way to stand out. Instead of developing just for Android, Samsung wants developers building products specifically for its hardware, a move that could benefit Samsung’s customers — but could also fragment the Android ecosystem even further.

This was from last week, but the conference is going on right now.

It’s particularly interesting to me given Google’s moves to lock-in manufacturers with the gradual shift of Android from open to closed. Samsung might be the only handset manufacturer big enough to make it work, but they’ve still got a long way to go.

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