Samsung confirms it will release “competitive Tizen devices” this year

Samsung confirms it will release “competitive Tizen devices” this year
Samsung confirmed it will indeed release smart devices based on the new Tizen operating system in 2013. Tizen became a priority at Samsung after Google finalized its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola, which many saw as a potential threat to Android vendors like Samsung.

It was also a new smartphone opportunity Intel gladly embraced in an attempt to widen its presence in the space.

“We plan to release new, competitive Tizen devices within this year and will keep expanding the lineup depending on market conditions,” a Samsung representative confirmed in writing today.

Tizen is backed by Intel, Samsung, Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo and Vodafone Group for one more reason - it is an open-source platform just like Android.

Most recently, Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported Samsung will bring a Tizen on NTT Docomo in 2013.

It is interesting to keep tabs on Tizen for one more reason. While initially it will target the lower-end smartphone market, it is effectively the successor to Samsung’s bada platform. Given its popularity, we wouldn’t be too surprised if Samsung manages to position Tizen strongly in Asia and with that boost it is probably the platform that has the best chances to compete with Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10 for being the third-largest ecosystem.

source: Bloomberg

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42 Comments

1. jgcaap

Posts: 42; Member since: Feb 22, 2011

i dont think it'll be impressive as android.

2. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Exactly. There's not much room left for 'improvement' which can be called a real innovation. Not anyone's at fault here.

9. MeoCao unregistered

There is room for innovation, but it takes huge efforts and resources and requires the kind of know how which is not SS's strength right now. I remember it was said that about 20millions dollars are spent on Tizen a year, that's just pale against hundreds of millions Google spends on Android.

14. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Okay.. we can also say it that way.

20. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1204; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

I beg to differ... However perfect one may be, there is still room for improvement...

22. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2248; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Just to point out there is somewhat of a flaw in that statement: if there is no real room left for "improvement" then there wouldn't be a need for Android to keep updating. I mean there is already talk about Android 5.0. I think people say those sorts of things without realizing there is indeed room for improvement. Just wait til next year when you will say how much better Android 5.2 is than Android 5.0 or even Android 4.2. The truth of the matter is that just because you don't see anything left to innovate does not mean the developers see the same thing.

25. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

lol everybody keeps dissing on that post. Didn't you all see the word 'much'? This is REALLY tough time for someone to start from scratch. Android, iOS and WP (maybe BB10) are so advanced already, with all the research done which has took billions of dollars. Don't you think they've already patented much of the innovations? I just said that it's really hard now, and new players have little chance of success.

28. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2248; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Yes, they've patented a lot of innovations, but according to you there is a limit to innovation when, in reality, there isn't. The truth of the matter is there are probably ideas out there that you or I could never even have thought of that may be used in future OS'. I was highly impressed with the video showcasing the new Ubuntu for phones. I would just wait and see how this turns out. Also, Samsung has patented several OS-related innovations that will most likely be used in Tizen. It has the backing of Samsung and Intel which is pretty significant. Not to mention it has the support of Sprint. (Also, I didn't thumbs you down).

42. mrdannyk99

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

It's Dr. f**king phil

4. MeoCao unregistered

It won't. SS software capabilities are nowhere near Google's, and Google spends hundreds of millions of dollars every year to develop Android. Will SS spend billions dollars to develop Tizen, I hope they will but I think they won't. w/o massive investment Tizen cannot compete, and Tizen phone will be like Bada or Activ S, an Android phone recycled with an unpolished different OS.

35. bluescreen

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

didnt u just say this eariler? why state baiscally the same thing over again?

24. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

atleast sammy trying out different OSes .....

36. AamirSIII

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

i bet ya its gonna be revamped Bada OS and nothing special... may be voip service activated for this one and thats it! i know samsung from a long time and thats the most they can do for their own os. love the "Android side of samsung" but not the others cause it bitterly fails in other OSs...

3. Valdomero

Posts: 625; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

nothing much to see in the video to make a statement

5. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 619; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

I still say Windows Phone will ulitmately win the bronze medal. My 2 cents.

10. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

My 2 cents on MS winning silver medal. Android gold for sure, iOS might suffer.

6. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

I don't know... the name Tizen just don't sound impressive... It probably does have a lot of potential... but... Tizen? Come on, Come up with a better name.

7. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

Looks like android éclair why would you want a OS from 2 years ago?

8. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Competition is always a good thing.

11. timtimity

Posts: 196; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

Agreed. Ultimately it might not be as successful as Android, iOS and Windows but another competitor on the scene helps keep everyone on their toes.

32. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Hope it will be a viable choice in two years plus Intel, Samsung better arm to the teeths with two words, patents and apps in appstore.

12. TheRetroReplay

Posts: 256; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Every time I see Tizen, it looks like the love child of Android and iOS. And I have no doubt that Apple is going to try and slap Samsung with another design patent lawsuit when Tizen is released.

30. wendygarett unregistered

This is the thing that Samsung wants to... Trying to taunt Apple... In order to boost tizen sales In this era... Lawsuits fee = advertising fee :)

13. buccob

Posts: 2948; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Not very appealing... sluggish and what was shown was a ripoff of android home screen and settings menu. Not interested in more OS... what we need is keep adding features to current OSs and polishing them.

15. Aeires unregistered

The open and close functions look fast but that scrolling was horrendous.

17. mick25

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Not sure what you were expecting from a beta that was released months ago.

23. Aeires unregistered

Scrolling isn't a new concept.

16. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Longer video footage please!! I'm always welcome for a new OS :D More options the better

18. papss unregistered

Not to sure looking at that video but could be interesting..

19. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

it seems the idea of Samsung saying goodbye to Android is getting serious, that would be a bad news for Sammy

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