Samsung will market multiple Tizen-powered devices this year, but to what end?

Daniel Bader

January 3, 2013 2:29pm

Samsung has announced that it will market a number of Tizen-powered smartphones in 2013. The mobile OS, backed by a number of companies including Samsung, Intel and others, will see the South Korean giant lessening its reliance on Android, which is where the vast majority of its smartphone sales derive.

Tizen, pronounced “tie-zen”, is branched from Linux and, like webOS, relies heavily on HTML5 to build cross-platform apps. The Linux Foundation, which controls the project’s branding and code output, calls Tizen:

“An open source, standards-based software platform supported by leading mobile operators, device manufacturers, and silicon suppliers for multiple device categories such as smartphones, tablets, netbooks, in-vehicle infotainment devices, and smart TVs. Tizen offers an innovative operating system, applications, and a user experience that consumers can take from device to device. Tizen provides a robust and flexible environment for application developers, based on HTML5. With HTML5’s robust capabilities and cross platform flexibility, it is rapidly becoming the preferred development environment for mobile apps and services. The Tizen SDK and API allow developers to use HTML5 and related web technologies to write applications that run across multiple device segments.”

Though it’s not known how Samsung plans to monetize its Tizen-based handsets, it could be using it as a test palette for future ventures. The HTML5-based development schedule means that apps may not run as smoothly as if they are running native code (see Facebook for Android before and after), but they will be infinitely flexible and deployable across devices of many sizes, shapes and speeds.

It’s thought that Samsung is merely making alternate arrangements as Google plans to take on Apple with its own Motorola-grown Android army. Samsung currently makes up the vast majority of Android sales and with the double-walled offense of the Galaxy S III and Note II, along with an untold number of low- to mid-range handsets, the company is in no danger of losing its poll position anytime soon. It’s also expected to sell over 500 million devices in 2013, a number that even Nokia at its height could not eclipse.

Source: Bloomberg, YouTube
Via: PhoneArena

  • lukeiphone

    Ahhhh…common we dont’t want another OS. We already two MOST reliable OSs – iOS and BB10 (Coming soon). Android being another one.

  • yup

    ugly and slow


      Good job Samsung they have phones support almost every thing except IOS because is garbage

  • mike

    If Samsung changes to a new OS and ditches Android. I’m sorry Samsung I would not be buying your devices any longer. I’m a gmhuge Android user. I prefer using the best OS which is Android. Samsung device together with Android is perfecfect.

  • Tom

    Wow, Maemo just won’t die.

    I had the first Maemo device – the Nokia 770 – and I thought it was great and I wish it didn’t Nokia so many years to finally create a phone with it (the N9).

  • Blas

    The Mobile OS war is pretty much over, just some people are yet to be informed.
    Mozilla, Ubuntu, Jolla, and now Tizen are trying to enter into a battlefield where the lines have already been drawn.
    As much as I’d like to see what they bring to the table, I doubt they’re have much clout against BB10, iOs, Android, and WP.

  • LW81

    It doesn’t matter what OS they use if they keep putting crapware in it. I hope Google continues the Nexus line forever.

  • jess

    why not. If it works they could make a killing, i like that samsung is not full andriod with some windows and this in the mix.

  • torontom

    pole position not poll position

    • in Calgary

      Wow – down votes.
      !@# My interwebs is filled with illiterates.

  • len

    I can see Samsung being the next apple.
    They are trying real hard to have your entire household using their goods.

    I personally dont use Samasung goods, but I have to admit they make some quality stuff which are very pretty.

    I can see them becoming like amazon. Using the andriod OS while having their own marketplace and not really connected to google.

  • KimJong-iil

    ubuntu !!!

  • Petra

    After the roaring juggernaut of fail that was Bada, you’d think Samsung would have learned their lesson.

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    o its really so good and want to take it