Google is clearly concerned about growing efforts by several vendors to create forked versions of Android to differentiate their high-end smartphones from the pack.
Google's Android Silver plan, which calls for the company to design smartphones and work with manufacturers to build them, could hit high-end smartphone makers like Samsung hard -- very hard. The Register reporter Andrew Orlowski concludes that Google's plan "looks like a declaration of war on Samsung and wannabe top-tier gadget manufacturers."
Under the Android Silver plan, the chosen manufacturers would get Android updates before the others, and Google would help them market the devices, Orlowski notes.
Computerworld offers a Tip of the Hat to Orlowski for his story, Google forges a Silver bullet for Android, aims it at Samsung's heart, which offers a concise description of the program and what it means for today's Android smartphone leaders.
For instance, one source told Orlowski that the move brings Google's strategy closer than ever to its bitter rival Microsoft. "There's more and more resemblance to Microsoft in the way it controls the PC experience every day," the source said in the story.