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Samsung to demo its 'newest Tizen devices' on February 23rd at MWC, starts sending out developer invites

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Samsung to demo its 'newest Tizen devices' on February 23rd at MWC, starts sending out developer invites
Samsung has apparently started to send email invites to Tizen developers for a February 23rd event at the Arts Hotel in Barcelona. This pre-MWC event made the rumour rounds already, and now it begins to shape up as official, though we are still waiting for media invites from Samsung to start flowing out, perhaps as soon as next week

The tech giant has apparently prepared not only Tizen devices, but lined up carriers to promote them, too, as Korea's major telecoms like SK, LG U+ and KT, are all said to be there, while we also heard that the Japanese NTT DoCoMo is in the mix, too. Whether US or European carriers are also considering Tizen devices, remains to be seen. The invite reads:

Please join the Tizen Association Board on Sunday, 23 February 2014 for a welcome reception and kick-off to MWC 2014. Only during this event invite, you will get an exclusive sneak preview of the newest Tizen devices, as well as an opportunity to learn about the major milestones that the Tizen Project has hit since last year's event.

We ask you to reserve time from 3-6 PM CET on 23 February 2014 at Hotel Arts Barcelona, where you will also have the opportunity to hear from, and interview the Tizen Association Board members.

source: ZDNet.co.kr via G4Games

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posted on 24 Jan 2014, 05:17 1

1. Finalflash (Posts: 3527; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Question is, what exactly does Tizen offer that beats out iOS or Android or WP in any one way? As far as I can see its a copy of their touchwiz with round icons on a grid. Why in hell would anyone buy into a new ecosystem just for the sake of having a different name on the OS? I'm pretty sure updating the OS will still be a nightmare since Samsung themselves are slow and the carriers take forever for Android itself much less another OS. Diversity is useless if there is no differentiating or distinguishing appeal.

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 06:07

2. MySchizoBuddy (Posts: 158; Member since: 23 Aug 2011)

because majority of Samsung buyers don't know it is running Android. they just buy it for the looks. If Samsung replaced Android with Tizen it will still keep it's majority of customers. While the minority will move to another brand perhaps motorola.
This way Samsung gets control of the entire stack from microprocessor-> phone-> OS. just like Apple.

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 08:33 1

5. Suo.Eno (Posts: 528; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)

"Majority" = new users. Out of that pie now? Not so much. Even the most luddite Galaxy Y Hello Kitty edition user by now are at least slightly inclined to find out what he/she's running on after probably 3 months of op. The "looks" subject will get thrown out of the kitchen faster than Gordon Ramsay yelling a profanity or 2 once the apps portfolio gets out in the open and be found wanting.

Samsung at this moment can't even play their current Android initiative right (hint:- code ready, not as blank sheet as Tizen), their "S" efforts still buggy, haywire firmware rollout policy across too many devices and above all the proven yet failed Bada track record.

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posted on 24 Jan 2014, 07:16

3. nokia12 (Posts: 582; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)

flash you are correct but why tizen is big deal is because it is supported by Samsung,Intel,nokia,adobe,eBay and more than other 30 companies.. what this means is this is a mass corporate movement to break android monopoly.. they will start by providing tizen at low end and when it will become popular then invade high end.. this will be pushed by so many companies and hence it has a high chance of being no 2 platform after Android.. not including ios here

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 08:23

4. Finalflash (Posts: 3527; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Yes but once again, what is the benefit to breaking that "monopoly". As far as Google is concerned, anyone can take the Android source and make what they want of it and hundreds have already done so. To break that monopoly without a real benefit, you're just solving a problem that does not exist. Is the supposed Android "monopoly" causing a problem that needs fixing?

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 10:18 1

8. nokia12 (Posts: 582; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)

android is free ..true but till when ? google has started closing system down cutting features like not allowing transfer of apps to sd card..
they have started charging for google services like play store etc.. who knows they won't turn into apple like ios in future. that's the con of monopoly .. you can do whatever you want....
that is why the mass corporate movement.. unfair advantage to 1 company while everyone becomes the puppet..

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 08:40

6. Suo.Eno (Posts: 528; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)

"it is supported by Samsung,Intel,nokia,adobe,eBay and more than other 30 companies."

Heard this one before... From Maemo to MeeGo... look what happened to that?

Nokia most of all are the prime useless example especially right now that they're out of their mobile devices' game as far as total authority goes and they're sure as hell won't lend an ounce of credibility to anything that can run counter to its WP umbrella program.

Intel has the leverage and inherent trait to be OS agnostic, they can afford to half @55 this and leave when they want to again look at their Moblin -> Maemo -> MeeGo transitions. Still I don't blame them as they're still the only chip/hw side player that best contributes to Linux upstream until now and probably will always be down the road.

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 10:11

7. nokia12 (Posts: 582; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)

regarding meeego that stupid elop killed it .. let's not go there..
you are so wrong regarding nokia .. that wp umbrella belongs to Microsoft now.. nokia is independent now they can do whatever they want to do but they are a very small company now.. they invested in tizen in November 2013.. after their sale to ms.. that's where they want to go , and here maps will be sitting on tizen there is a big opportunity for them.. regarding past attempt it was only nokia and Intel before.. nokia ran into trouble and meego suffered now it is..

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this is the biggest thing that is comming once again this is not a partnership project this is a corporate mass movement..

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 14:40 1

9. rob5150 (Posts: 175; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

If they can move away from android in the background they save money for every handset sold with android.on it... manufacturers pay Microsoft money for patents used in android. So, if tizen takes off, perhaps with ability to run native android apps. Then big win for samsung

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