Samsung Mobile lose Omar Khan to Citigroup

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Today we have some troubling news for Samsung Mobile fans that have been enjoying the recent success the company has been experiencing, as they may have just lost the one man behind the success. The company CTO, Omar Khan, has decided to put his skills to another use and has joined CitiGroup in a bid to improve their digital banking.

It is thought that the success Samsung has been having recently with their Galaxy S II has been largely down to Khan, who spearheaded the company’s bid to be effective in the Android market and was also instrumental in the original Samsung Galaxy S and the Galaxy Tab. The news comes as a blow to the company, which will be greatly impacted by the loss.

The remaining Samsung Mobile team will be hoping to carry on where Khan left though they will be facing some tough times ahead including growing competition in the Android mobile market from the likes of HTC. The company is also in the midst of a legal battle with the mighty Apple, as they have been accused of violating a tech design patent by copying Apple’s iPad and iPhone.

These accusations, which also include the imitation of the overall looks of the devices and the iOS layout, have led to Samsung being forced to allow Apple to inspect their devices. Pre-release hardware for the Galaxy Tab 8.9 was amongst the work to be investigated for any clues of an infringement.

Omar Khan’s announcement to leave Samsung came through an email which was sent to The Droid Guy. In the email he told the site that he would be leaving Samsung and had enjoyed representing the company as spokesperson over the last few years. Also in the announcement Khan said how he intends to lead CitiGroup’s bid to build ‘the world’s premier digital bank.’

While it is apparent that Samsung’s relationship with carriers in the US is not as strong as it was last year, there is no evidence that suggests this is the reason for Khan’s decision. The company has found that carriers have been reluctant to sign up for the Galaxy S II, where as last year there were no problems getting carriers for the Galaxy S. this is thought to be due to more variety on the Android mobile market this year compared to last year where worthy iPhone alternatives were in high demand and hard to come by.

How great an impact do you think this loss will have on Samsung Mobile?

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