And the news this week that Boxee was acquired by Samsung shows that Avner was onto something and Samsung sees where the future is going. I’m sure the $30 million acquisition price is far less than Boxee was hoping for, but I believe they found a great home with Samsung.
Since moving to the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone recently, I’ve come to appreciate the work that Samsung is doing in the consumer electronics space. My general feeling is that Apple simply cannot stay ahead of the innovation in phones, computers, tv’s, etc, any longer. One company alone can’t do that. And because they are so closed in their ecosystem (you can’t run their operating system on non-Apple devices, nor can you play the media you buy from them on other devices, etc.), they’re going to be passed by companies like Samsung that continue to innovate and partner. And if Samsung is going to start boning up in the software department – where they are superior in electronics today they are equally deficient in software – they’ll be a formidably foe for all the big players in the space.
In my opinion, the living room and the automobile are the next two frontiers for companies like Samsung, Microsoft, Google and Apple to penetrate. Obviously the living room is going to come first as they’ve all been dabbling in it for many years. If the plan is to put Boxee into all new Samsung tv’s, I think Apple and Google are going to have to move quickly if they don’t want to be left out of this race.
Do you think this gives Samsung the edge in the race for the living room?