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Google Denies Rift With Samsung Over Market Dominance

Search giant Google has denied a rumored rift with Samsung (its chief Android partner) due to its dominance in the smartphone and laptop market.

Google CFO Patrick Pichette played down a Wall Street Journal report that said Google is worried about Samsung's success in the market. He noted that "journalists love big headlines that sell newspapers."

"We have a terrific relationship with Samsung. They've been very successful with the Android platform. They benefited just like the rest of the ecosystem. We welcome all of the partners that we have on our Android platform and continue to innovate. And what our objective and our aim is to make sure that as many partners in the ecosystem continue to benefit from these open source platforms."

"I think that both Samsung and ourselves have benefited not only on the Android side but also on the Chrome side," he continued. "The Chromebook is a runaway success; it's a runaway success for Google, it's a runaway success for Samsung. And so, what is not to like about these types of environments. I just think journalists love big headlines that sell newspapers."

Samsung became the worldwide cell phone leader back in 2012. It's also the leader for smartphones in select countries. Its Galaxy S3 is currently the best-selling smartphone powered by Google's mobile operating system Android with over 41 million sales. The Galaxy S4, meanwhile, will be announced at a Samsung Unpacked event on March 14.

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