As Apple moves away from Samsung, Google cosies up with Glass OLED displays

It's not secret that some companies are getting wary of Samsung's huge presence in the Android market. In Q1 2013 alone, the company shipped 106.6 million handsets, capturing almost 30% of the worldwide market. Apple have recently made bold moves away from the Korean giant, changing its suppliers for a multitude of device parts.

This doesn't, however, seem to be the case with Google. The Korea Times has reported the company are using Samsung's OLED displays for Google Glass, an important revelation, according to supply chain sources:

It's a really big thing because it means that Google share confidential information with Samsung on its future projects.

A further source tells The Korea Times Google treats Samsung as a "very serious business partner" and continues to comment that the use of Samsung displays with Google glass will "further boost its OLED business."

Despite recent claims that Google feel Samsung have an unsettling grip over the Android market, the inclusion of its displays in Google's upcoming products show that the two companies still have a close relationship, and share details of products in the works.

Source: The Korea Times via BGRImage via WSJ

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Still hoping for a Gunnars/Razer actual glasses version of +Glass. As in an actual pair of glasses that looks like glasses but does what +Glass does.

I believe the reason was that Samsung "borrows" product ideas from the designs they receive from others such as Apple and Nokia.

SpyderCanopus said,
It would be nice if the US could make a chip or two.

Samsung designs processors in Austin, TX. Samsung also has a huge fbn plant in Austin where wafers are manufactured. Several thousand people work for Samsung in Austin. Samsung has sunk more money - $15 billion - into Austin than any other .

SpyderCanopus said,
It would be nice if the US could make a chip or two.


There are a lot of companies building chips in the United States. AMD, Intel, Texas Instruments, Micron, PNY, and more...

This might bite them in the ass when Samsung release their 'Glass' competitor. They've already hinted that they've been working on glasses and watches for a few years, and there's nothing like having a sneak peak into what their competitor is doing to help steer these projects..as we saw with Apple

Neobond said,
Would they really be so stupid after what happened with Apple (and the subsequent $1b in fines)?

That fine is really pocket change for Samsung though.

Neobond said,
Would they really be so stupid after what happened with Apple (and the subsequent $1b in fines)?

its worth noting that 1bn is no longer the fine its now stands at somewhere around 590 million

Well, Le Goog had to find someone to make those displays, if only to decide if it's at all viable at this time. Can't really do so without letting one know specifics. Whether it's Samsung or someone else - is there a difference or I'm not getting something?

The point is that despite claims that Google is wary of Samsung, it is still engaging in future product talks with the company in tandem with using them as a supplier.

Apple, on the other hand, are clearly too wary of Samsung to even consider continuing using them for displays. LG and Sharp have become the main display providers for iOS devices.

no one ever google is wary of samsung...

I'm not a fan of Samsung with their lack of the support of their Android product and many Android fan prefer other too. And that's a good thing

Because Samsung is HUGE, a vast amount of divisions which work separate from eachother.
Same as Microsoft and Sony working together between their non-entertainment divisions.

benbuffone said,
Apple, on the other hand, are clearly too wary of Samsung to even consider continuing using them for displays. LG and Sharp have become the main display providers for iOS devices.

People make a big deal about Apple backing off from Samsung a bit, but I don't understand why. As a company, I can only see it as a good thing to diversify your suppliers a bit, if only to allow you to be able to steer better given how the tide/currents may change (so to speak). If something were to happen to Samsung, Apple being able to shift gears and lean to the right would be more easily done if they didn't put all their eggs into one basket.