He then -- and more than once -- said that the ecosystem that Apple has is "sticky." What he means by that is what even Apple non-fans recognize: the ecosystem around iCloud, iTunes, etc. mean that it's difficult for someone else, whether it be Google or Microsoft, to make products that are not "experienced by itself."
I think we [Samsung] have probably the largest platform in the world between the devices and displays and televisions we sell. We actually provide more devices that are interacting with consumers than anyone in the world.The recognition of that fact -- that Samsung experiences are "not experienced in a connected way" -- is something that even Android fans like ourselves are not ignorant of. If you want a mobile phone that connects to the cloud and your music and everything -- you go with Apple. It's not to say you can't tie things together with Samsung devices, but it's not easy.
Look at your phone [pointing to a Samsung Galaxy Nexus]. It’s a better phone, in my view. It’s a better display. It’s faster. But eventually the connected ecosystem is really critical.
But if you think about our experiences, it’s device-centric. It’s experienced by itself. It’s not experienced in a connected way. So we think we can provide a lot more things than what we are doing today with an open ecosystem with our partners.
As Sohn added:
I did figure out how to sync all of my contacts and all of my schedules between the two different systems. You can do it. It’s a bit of work, but it is possible.That is the key: you can do it, but it's not easy.
Young Sohn is one of the only president-level Samsung executives based outside of Korea. His job focuses around overseeing company innovation in both the U.S. and Korea.