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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