Originally Posted by Blastdoor
Samsung has an opportunity here to become the Apple of Android. Samsung should create its own fork of Android, its own appstore, cloud service, etc.
It probably wouldn't work because Samsung lacks the software expertise, but it's their best shot of moving into the same league as Apple, and Samsung is the only company in the world that has this opportunity. If Samsung can't seize this window of opportunity, then Apple will be unstoppable.
My guess is that this window of opportunity will stay open for about one more year.
I'm also guessing that Samsung will fail to seize it.
actually, Samsung is trying to build its own ecosystem now centered on its new 2012 Smart TV line, not its mobile devices. check them out ($2000-$3000 at Amazon). basic gesture and voice UI, face user recognition, and a batch of standard HDTV apps. but at the moment they are stand alone, not linked to Samsung's other products or UI, like TouchWiz on its Android phones. there is no AirPlay equivalent. i assume this will change pretty soon ...
Samsung has no music/media store yet either, and there is no such app yet on its Smart TV's (just a MOG subscription). and the only Google app on the Smart TV is Google Talk for messaging, so Samsung obviously is not going to depend on Google for anything in its own would-be "walled garden."
Sony is also building its own ecosystem centered on its new Internet TV's that have many of the same apps. Sony has more to offer, with its own Sony Entertainment Network media store and PlayStation game products that are linked with its line of Android phones and tablets too. some also have GoogleTV built in.
but i doubt these new TV-centered initiatives will succeed much. except for gadget lovers (maybe 5% of the consumer market), i don't think people want to center multiple aspects their everyday lives around their big screen HDTV in the living room. the real "hub" device for anyone's ecosystem is more likely to be their handheld phone or tablet that they can tote with them everywhere they go, and quickly/easily do a lot of more complicated everyday stuff with too, like pay bills. and you can stream your TV watching to them if you want - all you need is a Slingbox.
actually, the center of our home ecosystem has - without planning - become the iMac in our kitchen nook/office. we spend more time in the kitchen than any other room in the house anyway. we use it as our 27" kitchen TV via SlingPlayer a lot, either full screen or in a smaller window while doing something else on it. the iMac contains all our files of course. use its AirPlay to stream music to the living room and patio speakers. use FaceTime on it too. also control some lights with SmartLinc (and much more capable new smart home devices are becoming available). our iPad/iPhone can do many of these things too, but only use them when we are in other rooms in the house - especially when watching that big screen HDTV (with its Apple TV)!
so if you think instead of that same iMac as a 27" smart HDTV (which in fact it is) instead of a desktop PC, it can do everything Samsung and Sony are trying to do with their Smart/Internet TV's and much more - and more conveniently.
actually, i'm not sure what else the much rumored Apple TV (iPanel?) will do on a big Apple screen in my living room that i actually need anything to do there at all. sure, the Apple TV could be built in and the UI could be slick. that's cool, but not really necessary. i guess i'll just have to wait and see what Apple has up its sleeve ...