WSJ: Google privately concerned by Samsung’s dominance

Android boss allegedly describes Motorola purchase as an insurance policy

Google has privately expressed concerns about Samsung’s dominance of the Android handset market, according to report in the Wall Street Journal.

Google’s concern about Samsung’s large market share allegedly led to Android boss Andy Rubin describing its investment in Motorola as a insurance policy to prevent the Korean phone maker from achieving total dominance of the market.

According to recent figures, Samsung controls 40.2 per cent of the global smartphone market. To compare, Apple’s accounted for 25.1 per cent, while its nearest Android-rival HTC accounted for just 6.6 per cent of total market share according to figures from IDC.

Google’s main concern, according to sources, is that if Samsung becomes any more powerful, it could start to force changes to Android that eat into its lucrative mobile-advertising revenues.

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