Samsung's former head of Bixby has reportedly moved to Google


The Samsung executive has reportedly been appointed as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Google. During that time, he has effectively coordinated a series of milestone projects such as Samsung Knox, the company's enterprise security platform; Samsung Pay, its mobile payment system, and Bixby, the company's digital assistant.

Injong Rhee confirmed through a LinkedIn post earlier today that he has been hired by Google to lead its Internet of Things business.

Speaking in an interview with Maeil Business Newspaper, Rhee told reporters he would be working to connect a variety of existing Google IoT assets, including Google Cloud, the connected auto platform and Google Home and Nest.

While this is certainly a positive move for Google, a company seemingly on a never-ending quest to diversify, it is less promising for Samsung.

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Samsung Electronics has promoted 221 senior executives, the most since 2013, with 99 of them from the highly profitable semiconductor business. "More people use Bixby", he said.

Rhee's work with Samsung is widely respected within the company, pushing for the development of Bixby following the company's acquisition of Viv, as well as the acquisition of cloud firm Joylent. Eventually, he was made the head of Samsung's R&D team 1, which worked on software and services.

Injong Rhee climbed up his career ladder working for the Korean giant Samsung.

The hire gives us insight into yet another disruptive play from Google, but also puts a bit of a dampener on Samsung's connected dreams.