Injong Rhee to head Google's IoT Business

Doris Richards
February 15, 2018

On Monday 12 February, Injong Rhee shared a Linkedin post informing that he would be a part of Google's IoT team. Rhee revealed in his post that he will function as the entrepreneur-in-residence under Diane Greene who is the chief executive of Google's cloud computing group.

Rhee joined Samsung Electronics back in 2011 and was instrumental in the development of Knox, the firm's enterprise security platform, and mobile payment solution Samsung Pay.

He left Samsung in December previous year for personal reasons despite generous offers.

Even though Jane Hynes, Google spokeswoman, affirmed Rhee's statement, she refused to give details.


Google is accelerating the development of its artificial intelligence technology to create synergies with an advanced internet of things ecosystem. He is expected to supervise the IoT business of Google.

Bixby, Samsung's own digital assistant, is a good example of how the Koreans want to be more involved in the consumers lives, but acquisitions such as cloud provider Joyent (which Rhee was responsible for) could be viewed as a strategy to be more than a simply a smartphone brand. Knowing his background with Bixby, though, and also acknowledging Google's combination of Nest and Google hardware recently as they prepare a mega-push into your home with Assistant, you have to consider Rhee's expertise coming in handy there.

As for how that relates to Bixby, Berne is pointing out that the stuff Rhee gets behind doesn't fail and often becomes cornerstones of Samsung's portfolio because the guy just "would not quit" on anything until it succeeded. Samsung declined to comment on his leave. Inside a company that is mostly known for its hardware, Rhee was said to be widely respected as he moved up the ladder at Samsung.

He has two grownup children.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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