Samsung Knows its Mobile Software is "Not as Good" as its Hardware

By Gary Cutlack on at

Samsung's CEO Kwon Oh-hyun has acknowledged what smartphone users have been saying for years, accepting that Samsung's software efforts don't really match up to the leading-edge hardware it produces.

Kwon Oh-hyun is reported to have told investors: "Even though we're doing the software business, we're not as good as we are in hardware." Which is sort of true. Samsung's good at coming up with software ideas, but doesn't seem to know when to stop cramming them in on top of each other and filling its poor phones to breaking point.

The company's chief financial officer Lee Sang-hoon added to this, saying: "Industry-wide tech development is shifting from hardware to software," while promising to hire more software design staff to sort things out. Although Mr Kwon says that around half of all Samsung's R&D employees are working on the software side of things already. Hopefully not on Tizen apps. [WSJ via The Verge]