Is Samsung Seriously Building Out A Competitor To Android?

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Is Samsung seriously building out their own competitor to Android? Overnight the Company announced a co-branded tablet computer with US bookseller Barnes & Noble, they also confirmed that they have acquired Shelby.tv which the Korean Company said will shut down July 1, 2014.

The team behind the New York TV network will live on as a separate entity developing “new technology for Samsung.

Samsung is acquiring the six-person Shelby.tv team and not the Shelby assets, the Shelby blog explained:

This deal follows Samsung’s $30 million acquisition of Boxee and seems to reflect Samsung’s continued interests in building their own media platform.

Overnight Samsung and Barnes and Noble said that they would produce Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablets “with easy access to Barnes & Noble’s expansive digital collection of more than three million books, leading magazines and newspapers.” This service will compete head on with Googles Play Store books offering. 

“We are very excited and proud to partner with Samsung, a world-class technology and tablet leader, to create customized co-branded devices featuring our valuable Nook reading experience and digital content catalogue for Barnes & Noble customers nationwide,” said B&N chief executive Michael Huseby.

“Standing behind these great new devices will be the power of our 40,000 Barnes & Noble booksellers combined with our deep bookselling and retail expertise to provide sales support and personalized in-store customer service.”

In its most recent financial results, B&N posted a profit in its fiscal third quarter of $63.2 million, compared to a net loss of $3.7 million, in the prior year. Revenues fell 10 percent to $2.0 billion.

The Nook division, which has had investments from Microsoft, saw its revenues slide 50 percent in the past quarter to $157 million.

Nook was developed to help the struggling bookseller compete in digital content against the likes of Amazon and Apple, but has failed to gain traction in the marketplace.

Earlier this week Samsung took the wraps off a new smartphone using their Tizen platform which will compete head on with Android. 

Samsung said that the Tizen platform is not just for phones, but for a range of connected devices from home appliances to door locks and watches which may communicate with one another in the future.
 
The unveiling came a day after Apple unveiled a coming new version of its iOS mobile operating system with capabilities that could have iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices vying for that same spot in the middle has been billed as the booming Internet-of-Things.
 
Samsung has even teased a prototype smart television that connects to rich online content using Tizen, this will compete head on with LG’s webOS.
 
“The goal of this project is to have it evolve into services for the entire Internet-of-Things,” Samsung executive vice president and Tizen technical steering committee co-chair Jong-Deok Choi said during an on-stage presentation.
“We plan to have this project implemented through Tizen.”
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