Samsung's Chief Strategy Officer Uses Mac, iPhone, iPad

Posted December 13, 2012 at 4:13pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 11842 views

MIT Technology Review interviews Young Sohn who started at Samsung in August as President and Chief Strategy Officer.

When asked about why growth in cloud technologies, big-data technologies, and mobile-ecosystems are important to the company, Sohn responded:

OK, so think about Apple compared to Samsung. I use a Mac, actually, at home. I’ve always used Mac, an iPhone, and an iPad. I also have the Galaxy. So I’m a great example. If you look at the strengths of Apple, in a way it’s not the product per se. It’s that consumers like their ecosystem such as iCloud. I like that my family 6,000 miles away in Korea is able to see my schedule and see all of my contacts and photos. It is sticky, but it is a proprietary architecture.

Look at your phone [pointing to my Samsung Galaxy Nexus]. It’s a better phone, in my view. It’s a better display. It’s faster. But eventually the connected ecosystem is really critical. I think we have probably the largest platform in the world between the devices and displays and televisions we sell. We actually provide more devices that are interacting with consumers than anyone in the world. But if you think about our experiences, it’s device-centric. It’s experienced by itself. It’s not experienced in a connected way. So we think we can provide a lot more things than what we are doing today with an open ecosystem with our partners.


Why asked if he is still using Apple products, Sohn said, "At work I’m using Samsung devices; Apple at home, mainly because all of my systems and files are done that way."

He goes on to say that he figured out how to sync all his contacts and schedules between the two systems; however, it was a bit of work.

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Thoune - December 14, 2012 at 12:32am
That's a sign of a copier !!!
Arkhi - December 13, 2012 at 10:32pm
Has Samsung's senior staff ever heard about a company named Google? I heard they are rumoured to use many cloud services... Google Docs; Google Calendar; Google Contacts; Android OS. They've been syncing with both Samsung, HTC and Apple Devices for maybe a decade or so now...
Stupid Strategy Officer - December 13, 2012 at 7:02pm
Sounds like a dumb ass running the show: "he figured out how to sync all his contacts and schedules between the two systems; however, it was a bit of work." Seriously Samsung syncing between two operating systems was a bit of work?? WTF is happening to this world??
Nicko - December 13, 2012 at 9:50pm
I took that to mean between the two different Eco systems ie between Apple product and Samsung product. As in super-meta-connectivity.
Khan Manzar - December 13, 2012 at 6:57pm
Come on friends we know we love Apple gadgets
Curtix - December 13, 2012 at 5:34pm
This is a great sign that Samsung is headed in the right direction. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Samsung phones. In almost every way, they are superior to Apple's. Looking at design and specs alone, Samsung makes the better device. Everything that is wrong with Samsung phones is exaclty what is wrong with every phone that isn't an iPhone. Its operating system. Many people do not appreciate the confined nature of iOS. Myself included. Unfortunately, there just isn't anything better out there right now. Anldroid is okay at best. Its really just a jumbled mess of features seamingly going in every direction at once. I use an iPhone myself but I use a PC for everything I do that really matters. Including writing this comment. The secont a mobile OS comes along that gives me the freedom of Android with the environment and ease of use of iOS, I will switch. What Sammsung should be doing is pouring all their money into OS development and developing their own ecosystem like Apple or Google.
Well... - December 13, 2012 at 8:54pm
When you are inspired by something, someone you are obviously a step (or more) behind. Samsung is a GREAT company which has accomplished an incredible growth within a few decades but they are followers... this situation can change but overpass the IOS ergonomic and look n' feel will be a piece of a challenge. And IOS will probably merge with OSX in the future when MacBook Pro and iMac will be, by then, screen multitouchable. Good luck to Samsung, I like their chips and screens... but when they are assembled in an Apple device! :))) Power and performance is nothing without a strong ergonomic approach.
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