Google Launches Offensive to Regain Control of Android

Google is clearly concerned about growing efforts by several vendors to create forked versions of Android to differentiate their high-end smartphones from the pack.

Google is clearly concerned about growing efforts by several vendors to create forked versions of Android to differentiate their high-end smartphones from the pack.

Google's Android Silver plan, which calls for the company to design smartphones and work with manufacturers to build them, could hit high-end smartphone makers like Samsung hard -- very hard. The Register reporter Andrew Orlowski concludes that Google's plan "looks like a declaration of war on Samsung and wannabe top-tier gadget manufacturers."

Under the Android Silver plan, the chosen manufacturers would get Android updates before the others, and Google would help them market the devices, Orlowski notes.

Computerworld offers a Tip of the Hat to Orlowski for his story, Google forges a Silver bullet for Android, aims it at Samsung's heart, which offers a concise description of the program and what it means for today's Android smartphone leaders.

For instance, one source told Orlowski that the move brings Google's strategy closer than ever to its bitter rival Microsoft. "There's more and more resemblance to Microsoft in the way it controls the PC experience every day," the source said in the story.

Read more about mobile/wireless in Computerworld's Mobile/Wireless Topic Center.

This story, "Google Launches Offensive to Regain Control of Android" was originally published by Computerworld.

To comment on this article and other CIO content, visit us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.
Download the CIO Nov/Dec 2016 Digital Magazine
Notice to our Readers
We're now using social media to take your comments and feedback. Learn more about this here.