One of the greater things about Android devices is the ease of access to some of Google’s core apps that are loaded onto them. They work great and many of them sync together with the same version of those apps on other devices like the Chromebooks or the web apps located in the Chrome browser. The funny thing is, that Samsung has mirrored just about every single offering of Google’s Core apps, and provided a Samsung version to them on just about every “Galaxy” branded smartphone and tablet that they sell. From calendar, to mail, to messaging, to the play store, books, and media. Google hasn’t taken too kindly to this, and has previously asked that Samsung stop putting copies of Google’s core apps on their phones. Finally Samsung has agreed to no longer continue putting these mirrored versions of the Google core apps on future devices, which seems to make Google pretty happy.
Samsung at this point is the largest Android manufacturer, so perhaps they just felt they could do whatever they wanted, and began offering their own version of Google apps. Did anyone ever really use the Samsung versions though? With the choice there in the first place to potentially ditch the use of Google’s apps that are pre-loaded onto Android devices, Samsung had an opportunity in this case to gain users and make profit from its own app sources that offer content to users, like with Samsung Media Hub, that offered all kinds of content from TV shows to Movies, to people that were interested in either renting or buying said content. If users were buying content from Samsung’s Media hub, they were in effect not buying or renting media content from the Play Store.
According to Samsung, the reasoning behind its decision to offer its own version of the Play Store for content and media, was to provide a seamless experience to people who owned multiple Samsung devices, giving them an easy way to share content between those different Samsung products. This could have been the entire reason, but what’s more likely could be that Samsung was trying to keep things neutral with Google over the matter. What brought things to the boiling point, at least on Google’s end, was Samsung’s announcement for the upcoming Magazine UX app, which was said to be the offering from Samsung that mirrored the Play Newsstand app that Google renamed earlier last year, which combined Play Magazines and Google Currents. Since the announcement, Samsung has stated that they will be scrapping the Magazine UX application that was to be offered in the future, and will stop offering a number of its other apps that mimic those offered by Google on just about every Android device. What do you think about Samsung’s duplicate applications? Did you use them over the Core Google apps offered on Android? Or did you like the core Google apps better?