Earlier this year tensions between Google and Samsung reportedly hit an all time high after Samsung unveiled a handful of new tablets running an unrecognizably modified version of Android. The two tech titans have since cooled off a bit, but according to a new report from The Information, tempers may be flaring again over conflicting strategies when it comes to smartwatches and wearable technology.
Last month, Google unveiled Samsung’s new Gear Live alongside the LG G Watch, but behind the scenes the two companies weren’t getting along quite as well. Google CEO Larry Page and Samsung Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee reportedly met in private last week for a tense discussion focused on the South Korean titan’s smartwatch lineup. The search giant apparently tried to stop Samsung from releasing any wearables devices ahead of Android Wear, and complained that the company is spending too much time developing its own Tizen OS.
The meeting also touched on Samsung’s modified version of Android, often referred to as TouchWiz, as well as the company’s lineup of mobile apps designed to replace Google services like email and messaging. Clearly the two companies are still struggling to find a solid middle ground, with Samsung reportedly calling Google a “bully” in private.
Samsung and Google may not have the best working relationship, but they also rely on each other. Together, the two companies have turned Android into the most popular operating system on earth, and we can’t help but wonder how Google’s OS would fare without Samsung’s support.