Facebook COO meets with Samsung VP, can a Samsung Second be possible?
During her tour of South Korea, Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg met up with Samsung’s VP to discuss mobile matters, which begs us to ask the question: Will there be a Samsung Second with Home?
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, took the liberty of meeting up with Samsung execs during her tour of South Korea to promote her new book “Lean In.” Her motives were unknown, but according to sources, Sandberg met up with Samsung VP, Shim Soo-ok, to strengthen the bond between the two company’s mobile divisions.
Facebook has, for quite some time, been trying to penetrate even deeper into the mobile market, evident by one of its recent move to take over Android with its Home launcher. Without much success, however, it remains that companies with a big presence in mobility are still doubting that Facebook has what it takes to become the second Google.
HTC’s cooperation with Facebook in launching a phone that comes pre-loaded with Home was, to put it mildly, ill-received and there are no words from AT&T about the future of the HTC First handset.
Recent failures aside, it seems like Mark Zuckerberg, will continue to vie for the interests of Samsung with its mobile projects.
According to a source familiar with Sandberg’s meeting with Samsung’s VP, the likelihood that Samsung is even remotely interested in moving forward with Facebook’s Home project at this moment is low. So perhaps Sandberg’s meeting with Samsung’s VP was to promote another brewing project, although we don’t know what that might be yet.