It’s often said that Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF) are “frenemies.” They compete for top smartphone and tablet honors, spend much of their time trying to sue each other into oblivion, and yet Samsung is one of Apple’s largest component suppliers.
Samsung is also in a tense relationship with Google (GOOG), and if anything, this one’s even more dysfunctional.
While popular devices like the Galaxy S5 smartphone have helped Google’s Android to become the leading mobile operating system, Samsung’s dominance of the Android market has caused friction with Google.
What happens to GOOG stock if the face of Android decides to go its own way and takes a huge chunk of the Android market with it?
The two companies have butted heads over the past year, and the hostilities between GOOG and SSNLF became even more apparent after the Google I/O Conference. According to The Information’s Jessica E. Lessin, several weeks after the conference where Android Wear made its debut, Google CEO Larry Page confronted senior Samsung executives over that company’s focus on smartwatches running Tizen — Samsung’s wearable OS competitor.
From wearables to the smart home, here are 5 battlefields in the growing war between Google and Samsung.