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Samsung's key architect for Android phones, tablets quits

updated 08:10 am EDT, Mon July 11, 2011

Samsung CTO Omar Khan leaves for analyst team

Samsung took a hit this weekend as CTO Omar Khan confirmed that he was leaving the company. The executive, best known for the very recent Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 10.1, is quitting to join Citigroup as the company's worldwide mobile analyst leader. He told The Droid Guy that he starts at the new role next week and will see some of the public relations-related parts of his work shouldered by Gavin Kim and Nick Dicarlo.

Khan's departure could be a temporary hit to the company's direction. Many credit him with Samsung's broader push into Android, starting with the original Galaxy. Samsung broke out in earnest with the Galaxy S last summer and now considers Android by far its most important platform.

The company has been losing market share in cellphones as a whole but has been gaining in smartphones. Much of its rise has been credited with a willingness to take the US market more seriously after years of focusing on Asia and Europe.

Samsung may keep on its current track in the near term, but it's possible the company may change in the long term. Khan was very public facing and might not necessarily be matched by his replacement.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. bleee

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    Joined: Mar 2002


    Sounds like a step down

    So he's going from actually being part of a team that produces something of value to an analyst that follows Apple rumors and talks up companies to the press.

  1. aristotles

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    Joined: Jul 2004


    The following was heard at Samsung


  1. viktorob

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    Joined: May 2011


    That's fine...

    All he did was to copy apple and hire some actors to act as if they were happy with their samsung devices so samsung will be fine, any body can copy and hire actors.

  1. PRoth

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    Joined: Aug 2008



    Only the captain need go down with the ship... Must've been quite the thing to be told: "Look at the iPhone, now make something better." Now this guy will be making money from the outside looking in. Doubt it's a step down...

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