PC magazine has more details: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2415190,00.asp
I have had computer gadgets since 1977 when I bought a single board PDP-8 that I had to code in machine language. I have bought myself and my family a huge number of great computers and various gear since then but I have never had any other gear that I have liked as much as my Galaxy S III. Samsung nailed it. You could take away my MacBook Air and my iPad and that would be OK, but I have no idea what I would want to replace the S III with, except the new S IV that is soon being released :-)
Google has some questionable practices with contractors but Samsung has (imo) worse conditions for its manufacturing workers. Compensation and treatment of white collar technical workers is won by Google, hands down. For me, Google doing well vs Samsung means more "better" engineering jobs in the world, so for this reason alone I will continue to root for Google in this struggle.
Of course, this is just my personal agenda and I don't expect anyone to necessarily share my beliefs. :)
"But Mr. Rubin also said Samsung could become a threat if it gains more ground among mobile-device makers that use Android, __the person said__."
A level journalism right there.
Makes for a poor read and is apt to make the sceptic in me shout 'speculation'!, but hey, maybe this is what passes for news these days.
Google now realises that once the rat has been consumed, the snake will start looking for other things to eat.
Google is now afraid of the snake. They are now on the look out for snake-eating gorillas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bart_the_Mother).
For example in China, Android handsets are very successful, but Google doesn't really benefit from that because most Google services are banned from within China and many manufacturers just roll their own skin/apps anyway.
Or rather, sure: they do on the business side. An app store is a commodity. Samsung has one. If enough users use only Samsung phones then Samsung can sell the apps directly. But that's only true insofar as Samsung phones are clearly better. And right now that property is a combination of some nice hardware and... Google's innovation in Android. Take the latter away and you basically have AOSP on nice hardware, and that's not going to sell many phones.
Long term I think this will settle out as phones and mobile OSes become less differentiated. Samsung too (and Apple, for that matter) will succumb to the inevitable: there really isn't a whole lot of money to be made in selling latte-priced apps in an increasingly competitive market.