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Samsung's own cloud service shelved as 'inappropriate'

updated 08:05 am EST, Tue February 21, 2012

Samsung attempt at iCloud parallel already dropped

New claims late Monday have implied that Samsung's internal attempt at a cloud service, S-Cloud, may have been cut short. Although it didn't directly cite a source, ET News had understood that Samsung thought the cloud backbone was "inappropriate" for a worldwide service. Instead, Samsung would use off-the-shelf systems from others, such as Amazon, various app and virtualization developers, and Korean telecom firm KT.

The launch of any cloud plans themselves would have to be delayed, according to the claims, although when they would go live wasn't outlined. Samsung hadn't separately confirmed or denied any new plans.

One unnamed observer accused Samsung of underestimating the amount of work needed to complete a cloud service. The Korean company had not only taken less time to get ready but hadn't factored in the complexity of its platform choice. Since it was using Android and had a wider product range, it had to take more into account than Apple's simpler approach in iCloud.

If accurate, the switch would be a humbling one for Samsung, which often makes a point of producing as much of its custom software and services in-house as possible. Although Samsung can lean on Google, it would give Apple a symbolic advantage by having iCloud and companion services like iTunes Match fully up and running months earlier. [via Sammy Hub]



By Electronista Staff
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  1. BigMac2

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    Joined: Dec 2000

    +8

    Of course!

    It is inappropriate for Samsung to add after market services for their non-customer endusers. It's mostly appropriated for them to leech existing free services and having no liability to their users.

  1. Lifeisabeach

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    Joined: May 2010

    +7

    S-Cloud?

    Are they copying Apple (again), or are they simply fans of Bruce Campbell? (Shop Smart! Shop S-Mart!)

    Well actually mimicking Apple would make them Apple fans also in that regard.

  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999

    +6

    Dark clouds

    without any silver lining.

  1. ElectroTech

    Junior Member

    Joined: Nov 2008

    +1

    How do you catch a Samsung CEO?

    You did a big hole and put a bunch of 'S's in it and line the rim with 'P's. When the CEO comes up to take a 'P' you kick him in the 'S' hole.

    I wonder if it works for 'S' Clouds?

  1. qazwart

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    Joined: Apr 2001

    +2

    This is Important for Samsung

    One of the things about Android is that it is "open source". Google can givith and Google can take it away. Samsung is now the largest and maybe the only profitable Android phone vendor and maybe it's most successful tablet vendor. With Google teaming up with Motorola, Samsung could be in trouble.

    Apple's iOS service is one of a kind. You sign up for iTunes and iCloud, and you're stuck with Apple. Android is Google based, so users could leave Samsung for another vendor. S-Cloud would give Samsung some stickiness and make it hard to move from Samsung to the next play-pretty Android device.

    It wouldn't surprise me if Samsung is also thinking about forking Android once S-Cloud is up and running since they won't be dependent upon Google services. That would help make those who are buying the Galaxy phone true Samsung customers.

  1. Paul Huang

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    Joined: Sep 1999

    -6

    copycat vs copycat

    trying to out-do each other.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    -1

    Re: Of course!

    It is inappropriate for Samsung to add after market services for their non-customer endusers. It's mostly appropriated for them to leech existing free services and having no liability to their users.

    Um, no. Since the services they're talking about aren't free. Amazon has their own cloud service, but they don't market it directly, but sell it to middle-men, if you will, or use it for their products. For example, Dropbox uses Amazon's cloud service for their storage, rather than roll their own. It's far more economical that way. But they still pay for it.

    But why worry about such things as details and facts when you can slap Samsung around because you don't like them.

  1. SockRolid

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    Joined: Jan 2010

    +1

    Samsung doesn't control their destiny

    Re: "Although Samsung can lean on Google, it would give Apple a symbolic advantage by having iCloud and companion services like iTunes Match fully up and running months earlier."

    Not having their own cloud service is the kiss of death. iCloud will be as important to Apple as Google's cloud services are to Google over the next decade. iTunes drove Apple's growth over the last decade. iCloud will drive Apple's growth over the next decade.

    And now Samsung is giving up, crossing their fingers, and thinking wishful thoughts. Hoping that Google and their other partners will do the right thing for them. Good luck, Sammy. You're going to need it.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    -1

    Re: Samsung doesn't control their destiny

    And now Samsung is giving up, crossing their fingers, and thinking wishful thoughts

    They're not giving up. They're just not wasting resources in areas they don't need to, instead buying up stuff 8000 other people are already doing.

    Your statement is akin to saying Apple gave up on music because they chose to sell it from the labels rather than start their own production service.

  1. BigMac2

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Dec 2000

    +2

    Re: Samsung doesn't control their destiny

    @testudo

    "Cloud" is a buzzword who everyone want to be identify to, but while "8000 other people are already doing" they all offer a disk on the cloud services where people has to manage their files manually. Apple iCloud is everything else but a dropbox, and more than all, a one stop service for keeping in sync and finding their device on the cloud. The push system is at the heart of the iCloud and right now no android phone got something similar yet.

    But hey, why worry about such things as details and facts when you can slap Apple around because you don't like them.

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