Samsung- and Intel-backed Tizen OS is serious, $4M-in-prizes-serious

Samsung- and Intel-backed Tizen OS is serious, $4M-in-prizes-serious
Well, we have to give it to you – there has been a certain amount of skepticism on whether the Samsung- and Intel-backed Tizen OS won't just die out before it ever reaches any end users. With the former two reaffirming their support, and with what Tizen now has in store for developers, it suffices to say that we're feeling much more confident about the open-source platform.

So let us get right on it – Tizen has just challenged app developers to do their thing in order to “get a head start on the next big application ecosystem”. Not enticing enough? Right, there's also this matter of the $4 million prize fund up for grabs, split into 54 prizes across 9 categories. Games, unsurprisingly will bring home the biggest individual chunk, amounting for $1.56 million of the total cash:

 This move comes as a little bit of a surprise, since the team behind Tizen hasn't really been craving too much publicity, leaving its resourceful allies to do most of the drumming. Hopefully, that's because they've been working extra-hard, for a hostile world lies out there – iOS and Android account for about 90% of the total mobile OS market, a status-quo that will be nigh impossible to disturb.

Regardless, if this challenge has you fired up, you'll have until November 1st to submit your entry. Good luck!

source: Tizen via TheNextWeb



1. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Does this mean there's a Verizon Tizen on the horizon?


Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

It will flop, just like Bada. LOL Samsuck! :D

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Samsuck? What's next? Samduck? Sam*uck? Your Samsung nicknames are getting old and lame dude...

5. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

First of all, Bada is now integrated into Tizen so it didn't necessarily die out or flop. Secondly, if you consider Bada a flop then you should also consider Windows Phone a flop considering Bada had the same market share as Windows Phone when it was released. You also have to consider that it's not just Samsung backing Tizen but also Intel. I doubt Intel and Samsung would just partner up and throw money at something they think will flop.

6. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

"Bada had the same market share as Windows Phone when it was released" Not in the US. Around here, bada never exceeded 0.0%.

7. iushnt

Posts: 3156; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

last year , bada had better market share compared to wp worldwide

10. g2a5b0e unregistered

Cool story, but he was clearly referring to worldwide market share & not just one country.

11. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

When I see people talk about recent bada or Symbian market share, I can't help but shrug. If it never made it to the US, I don't believe in it.

12. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

World doesn't begin and end at US and from market perspective even US is realizing that (with Apple trying to make a dent in Indian/Chinese markets) so shed the ego wake up or other way round whichever you prefer :)

13. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I know there is a world outside the US, but if you look at the current glogal smartphone market, the major *software* players are American. Google, Apple, Microsoft. So I don't have a whole lot to say for Euro (Symbian) or Asian (bada) OSes that ultimately fizzled out.

14. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

You can't fairly call into question U.S. market share as it was at a disadvantage given the fact that no carrier offered a device with the OS on it. By the time there was some signs of Samsung bringing Bada devices to the US, they had already decided to integrate Bada into Tizen. I believe Tizen has a chance because the people who are help making it happen are being very smart about the whole process. They aren't rushing it to the market, but instead they are giving it time to develop a good enough app ecosystem.

8. rdeleonp

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 21, 2012

Uh... HP and Intel? Itanium? Yeah. Suckage. History repeats.

15. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

So you are applying a server processor to the smartphone OS market? Not to mention that Itanium lasted for over a decade and is still being produced today, albeit in low numbers. You can't point to one bad partnership as a reason for Tizen to go bad. Not to mention it's actually a lot more companies than Intel and Samsung that have a stake in Tizen. I just mention Samsung and Intel as the big two of the bunch. Tizen's board of directors comprises of other big tech companies such as Panasonic, Huawei, Fujitsu, NEC, and Sprint. So, I think this a very different entity we are looking at here, but nice try.

9. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Yep. Intel is a huge player, and they're investing in it hard because no other manufacturers are that interested in using Intel's Atom processor. Most of the well-to-do countries have significant penetration, now whats left are the poorer countries, and they don't do well with Intel's high tax. I'm guessing Android OEMs don't want to work with them, so they're going to just create another OS that will ally with them from the start.

16. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I have one word to say about Intel backing something. WIMAX.

4. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

For a new comer in OS turf ruled by Android and Ios. Its necessary.. Hopefully it pays off..

17. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I wonder how this is going to play out. I can only imagine how it could flourish but with all the competition in the area, this will have to be the equal to god's hand to be successful.

18. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Sammy has too much money.

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