Fifteen new members have joined the Tizen Association. This comes just weeks before the first Tizen powered phones get unveiled at MWC in Barcelona. Originally formed with 36 members
, the Association will help set the standards and commercialize the platform. The new members include AccuWeather, Acrodea, Baidu, CloudStreet, Cyberlightning, DynAgility, Gamevil, Inside Secure, Ixonos, Nomovok, Piceasoft, Red Bend Software, SoftBank Mobile, Sprint and ZTE.
Speaking of ZTE, it is the ZTE Geek
that is expected to be on display at the Tizen booth in Barcelona. The first phone to be powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 4, the Geek will be part of an app challenge that will be held at MWC.
The day before the show opens, Samsung will introduce its own Tizen powered phone
at a special event, as well as take a look back at historical milestones achieved by the Tizen team. Samsung is not expected to offer the OS in the U.S. at this time, although it is an option down the road. Some believe that the Korean based manufacturer plans on using Tizen as a way to remind Google that the success of Android is largely due to Samsung and its hugely successful Galaxy S line. But both Google and Samsung recently reached an agreement on patents
that both sides said "would lead to deeper collaboration on research and development of current and future projects
." That certainly does not sound like two companies ready to battle against each other.
"Tizen allows vendors and operators the freedom and flexibility to decide what type of service is best provided to the end-users. We are gaining support from all segments of the connected device ecosystem, as more organizations realize the opportunity in providing smart phones and connected devices globally from the high-end to the low-end of the market. The convergence of knowledge will make Tizen a catalyst for providing more innovation not just in smart phones – every vendor and operator will have the ability to provide a huge variety of customizable services to their customer."-Ryoichi Sugimura, Tizen Association Board Member, NTT Docomo