Samsung and Google are now competitors

It’s basically common knowledge that Android doesn’t make Google much money, but at least they get ad revenue from all those phones, right? Not if Samsung has anything to say about it. Starting later this year, the Korean company will launch its own mobile advertising network, called AdHub, for smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs (because who doesn’t want more ads on their TV?).

The kicker here is that Google’s AdSense is well entrenched as the advertising leader, and its continued success is Google’s only hope of earning money from Android. Samsung needs Android to make its phones, and Google needs ads on those phones to turn a profit. No matter how I look at this, I can’t see this working out for either company. When partners turn into competitors, something has to give.

– via Macgasm


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