Samsung’s Heft in Android Worries Google

Published on February 25, 2013
by Amir Efrati

Samsung Electronics Co. has become the biggest seller of mobile devices using Google Inc.’s Android mobile operating system. That creates a problem for Google.

Samsung’s growing might — last year, the South Korean manufacturer shipped nearly 200 million more Android smartphones than the next-biggest Android-device maker — has boosted Google’s mobile-ad revenue but also is causing concern inside the Internet company. Google executives are worried that Samsung could extract financial or other concessions if it gains more leverage, people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

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