Google CFO plays down Samsung conflict talk, touts Chromebook mojo

Google CFO plays down Samsung conflict talk, touts Chromebook mojo

Summary: "I think that both Samsung and ourselves have benefited not only on the Android side but also on the Chrome side," says Google CFO Patrick Pichette,


Google CFO Patrick Pichette played down reports that his company's relationship with Samsung was becoming strained and noted that "journalists love big headlines that sell newspapers." The comments came amid a bevy of hardware-related comments.

Pichette was referring to a Wall Street Journal report this week noting Google was worried about Samsung's dominance. More:  Yes, Google (and partners) should be worried about Samsung's Android dominance | Google 'worried' by might of Samsung on Android  | Chromebook wars: Pixel vs. Samsung Series 5 550


Speaking at a Morgan Stanley investment conference, Pichette fired back:

We have a terrific relationship with Samsung. They've been very successful with the Android platform. They benefited just like the rest of the ecosystem. We welcome all of the partners that we have on our Android platform and continue to innovate. And what our objective and our aim is to make sure that as many partners in the ecosystem continue to benefit from these open source platforms.

I think that both Samsung and ourselves have benefited not only on the Android side but also on the Chrome side. The Chromebook is a runaway success; it's a runaway success for Google, it's a runaway success for Samsung. And so, what is not to like about these types of environments. I just think journalists love big headlines that sell newspapers.

Hardware was a recurring theme for Pichette, who touted Chromebooks as well as Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility. Pichette said that the Motorola deal needs more time.

You invest for the long term, but we have inherited 18 months of pipeline that we actually have to drain right now and while we are actually building the next wave of innovation and product lines.
And so far, as we said many times in the past, we have to go through this transition. This is not -- these are not easy transitions. We are very optimistic, we are very supportive and we have kind of great plans for Motorola. But for the coming -- for the last few quarters you have seen the announcements of restructurings and rationalization of product lines and this has to kind of continue over the next few quarters while we actually kind of make that cross over.

So there is still kind of really kind of hard work to be completed at Motorola before we see tangible signs. But we also very optimistic because since day one we have started working on the next agenda and we see that pipeline kind of showing up.

Regarding the Chrome OS, Pichette talked that topic up too. He said:

There is a better mousetrap and it has been invented and it is called Chrome OS. If you are in enterprise today the benefits of Chrome OS and the Chrome infrastructure is to have the equivalent of a desktop is one-sixth the price of a traditional answer.

And so if you are a 350 or 400 or 500 people kind of company, that is millions of dollars that you can reinvest into your business, because -- into the development of your product or the servicing of your product rather than just having sitting on your desk just a hardware and software just to run your business.

Not only that, but Chrome OS is actually immensely secure. The Chrome platform has been proven, you have seen these tests where we have these hacker weeks where we try to kind of that people break into the systems. And if you are a business, to actually have -- security is like oxygen to a business if you think of your data. You take it for granted until you have a breach and like everything kind of stops.

The Chromebook that was launched last fall has been a runaway success, absolute runaway success. We couldn't keep up with demand. And through the holidays and it has been a terrific kind of testimony that people want ease-of-use -- beautiful, simple -- there is a minimum standard they expect, but for the right price point they love the product.

Add it up and the overall message from Pichette was clear. Google is serious about hardware integration and melding its services even if it's efforts largely remain a work in progress.


Topics: Hardware, Google, Laptops, Mobility, Bring Your Own Device

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  • hehe

    what Ive many times said? nonsense paid probably by Microsoft or Apple
  • Chromebook mojo

    The Chromebooks may not work for everyone.
    Perfect for those that use the browser for everything they do.

    Kudos Google.
  • Today is not April fool day, that is next month.

    Chrome OS is the biggest joke of this decade, Does the morons at Google think that Enterprise live in a Web browser with some silly apps?
    • Owlnet Profesional

      April fool.

      Kudos Google.
    • "Does the morons at Google " not English.
      • neither is this:

        "...where we have these hacker weeks where we try to kind of that people break into the systems."

        Maybe Owl was just following suit?
    • Speaking from experience?

      Have you actually tried a Chromebook? Since getting my Chromebook, I've lost track of where I've left my laptop. Yeah, it's that good.
    • Are you serious

      All of our new applications are web based. There is nothing to add.
    • Enterprises do live on the browser.

      Enterprises distinguish themselves from small businesses by having centrally managed data on servers and server based applications- the model that Chromebooks follow. The primary interface for communication with enterprise data and information systems is the web interface.

      While it is true that many enterprises do use Windows desktops because that has been the only client device that was in large scale use in the past, that does not make Windows desktops enterprise devices. Like enterprises, home users also use them and both homes and enterprises use toilet paper too, but that does not make toilet paper an enterprise device.
      • Yes, SERVER!

        And you CAN'T run a server in Chrome OS.
        Stephan Sevenyoln
  • Chrome OS very secure

    It is funny. So, "hackers can't penetrate it", but "Google gets to see all your data".

    Just how secure is that?

    Are they "securing" it only to be sure that Google will still get to process all your data? Pathetic.
    • actually..

      If you use Google services already (including search), they have your information. If you use Chrome OS, they have your data.

      But the funny part is...Bing, as crappy as it is, also stores what people search, where they are, etc..and do you really think Microsoft doesn't sell personal data, like Facebook or the other similar corporations?

      These days the only way to NOT have your data used as currency is to go live in a giant box under the ground.
    • what is your point

      Your mail and corporate data can be encrypted. There are many solutions out of the box.
    • Do you realise that if you send email, every government and company....

      ....managing Internet routers en route gets to read your email in plain text.

      And you are worried about Google using robots to direct non-intrusive (even occasionally useful) ads at you?

      Get real!
  • "absolute runaway success. We couldn't keep up with demand"

    In other words - "Not doing as well as we expected"
    William Farrel
    • As Well as Expected?

      I don't know that the new Chromebooks are not doing as well as expected, but if they were really a runaway success, some sales figures would make the statement more credible. The Samsung ARM Chromebook has been the #1 selling laptop on Amazon for well over 100 days (and once again seems to be sold out, since the only ones this morning are all priced above MSRP, same for the Acer C7), but we have no idea how many laptops Amazon sells.

      My Chromebook gets more use than anything else in my household, but I'm well aware that Chrome OS is still a niche product, and is a long way from taking over the world.
    • it

      Out of stock and I had to wait 2 weeks to get my Acer Chrome book while there were a few Windows netbook available in that shop.
      • And yet so many of the ABMer's claimed that

        the Surface pro being sold out wasn't a case of selling better then expected, but artificially low supplies because they sold less then expected, and did that to make it look better.

        if that's the case, couldn't that be the case here?
        William Farrel
        • Surface Pro isn't the fast selling computer though is it.

          It is selling very poorly by all verifiable measures.
      • That does make sense

        (I wish they'd bring back the edit button)

        "2 weeks to get my Acer Chrome book while there were a few Windows netbook available in that shop"

        I'm guessing they didn't start with equal numbers of both. If they had 20 Chromebooks, and 100 netbooks, I'd say sure, I can see that happening.

        That wasn't my point of my comment.
        William Farrel