The Samsung executive responsible for the company's Galaxy phones and tablet computers has moved on, according to MobileCrunch. CTO Omar Khan is making a lateral move to manage Citibank's digital banking initiative, the story says. No details are available as to what motivated the move, but writer John Biggs suggests political infighting may be the culprit.
I can't help but think it has something to do with the bitter patent battle between Samsung and Apple, given the timing. At the end of June, Samsung took its argument that Apple's iPhone and iPad infringe its intellectual property to the International Trade Commission. The South Korean company wants the agency to ban imports of Apple's devices. Then last week, Apple returned the favor. The company told the ITC that Samsung's Galaxy phones and tablets infringe seven different patents and asked that the import of those devices be banned.
It's pure speculation, of course, but maybe Khan didn't agree with the direction the case is headed, or maybe he knows it's not going to end well. Then again, the move may have absolutely nothing to do with Apple. Maybe Khan just needed a change. Don't we all, at one point or another?