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]