Samsung's much-criticized Tizen OS is here for the long haul, notes chief


Samsung's Tizen OS has garnered a fair amount of stick since its inception, with many questioning the need for a new mobile platform given the existence of iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Despite the continual waves of criticism, though, Samsung has invested heavily in Tizen's development. Now, JD Choi, executive vice president of Samsung Electronics Software Center, has affirmed that the so-called 'OS of Everything' is here to stay, as the company makes a concerted push towards the Internet of Things (IoT). 

The Internet of Things is a movement that promotes the the idea of turning ordinary electronics, or 'things', into smart, Internet-connected products that are of a higher value to us. IoT envisions a world in which smartphones, tablets, and other such gadgets can seamlessly interact with entities that have never been connected in this way, and with Samsung's vested interest in the Internet of Things, Tizen will be the cornerstone of its effort to drive IoT forward.

Speaking at the SAS Forum 2015 in Korea, Choi outlined Samsung's intention to have 90% of its devices connected to the IoT by 2017, and by 2020, added that "all Samsung products will be connected to each other." 

The Linux-based Tizen platform has been the subject of scorn from consumers, commentators and even rivalling companies. Andrew Sheehy, chief analyst for Generator Research, said last June in a report that the OS was "at least 5 years too late," while Richard Yu, CEO of the Consumer BG at Huawei later waded in that Tizen had "no chance to be successful." 

While the fledgling platform has a considerable number of devotees, it's remains difficult to see -- given the reach and general ubiquity of Android and iOS -- where it fits in. Samsung seems hell-bent on creating its own, in-house platform, but taking on the very established and advanced platforms of Google and Apple seems a very brave, if not ill-advised move. 

Still, so long as Samsung backs itself as a major advocate of the Internet of Things, Tizen probably won't be disappearing any time soon.


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23 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

App catalog and an invigorating ecosystem could spell what will Tizen be in the next few years.

2. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Especially the comments from Huawei are hilarious, now that they have started developing their own OS too....

3. Resiliant unregistered

They can't get Touchwiz right... Do they really think they can get an OS right?

4. drunkenjay

Posts: 1671; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

touchwiz is fine.

5. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Half of these that are bitching about it never tried one lol

13. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Unfortunately, yes. They just regurgitate old media propaganda and pass it off as reason to justify their displeasure with Samsung themselves. Even if they don't have experience with the products or more people function fine with them and are content.

7. maherk

Posts: 6877; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Well atleast it runs smoother than Android and have a better battery life.

15. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

That makes no sense. Samsung phones run Android and they have better life than what?

19. Topspliff

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 21, 2013

He means Tizen runs smoother than Android and has a better battery life than Android, I agree on the battery life Tizen is just optimised far better than Android at least on smart watches, I can get 4-5 days on my Tizen powered watch compared to 1 day on Android Wear, I for one will be happy to have my Note 4 running on Tizen, will be interesting to see wherevTizen is going.

22. AppleCultist

Posts: 335; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

I don't know if Tizen is suitable as a flagship OS in its present state. The OS may be insanely optimized, but it doesn't really have many native apps. If you're the type of person who just wants a smooth experience with great battery life, Tizen is probably for you, but there are a lot of people who download apps, and until Tizen can capture those developers, Tizen should be used only for low and mid-range smartphones.

20. AppleCultist

Posts: 335; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

Tizen is not Android, and Tizen does run more efficiently than Android both in smartphones and smartwatches. Tizen on smartwatches lasts 5 days while Android Watches last only 1 day. The Samsung Z1, even with only a 1,500 mAH battery and not very efficient components, runs more smoothly and has better battery life than Android phones with 2,500 mAH batteries.

6. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I suppose as a washing machine and refrigerator OS it may work fine. I assume it will be more robust and customized to the device which may not even have a screen. Just don't try to put it in my smart watch/phone.

8. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Yeah tizen could never have a future on smart phones maybe super low end but never on high or mid why you want tizen no really there are a lot of competitives and I'm not talking about Android why get it when we all know that it never gonna make it to S series or Note?

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Apparently it already works pretty well on Smart Watches. Much better than Android wear. I think on phones and tablets they should use Android and everything else Tizen or LG's web OS are better.

16. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

I don't talk about smart watches or smart tvs i say it's worthless on smart phones.

18. FluffyBled unregistered

It runs android apps out of the box I heard ... what makes it so worthless according to you?

10. TheMobileOS

Posts: 3; Member since: May 08, 2015

Technically it's not from Samsung, it's from Linux Foundation.

21. AppleCultist

Posts: 335; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

The Linux Foundation contributes partly to the development, but Tizen is mostly from Samsung. The SDK is on a Samsung license, meaning you have to license the OS from Samsung before you can use it.

11. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Does it really matter of Samsung wants to pursue a side ambition? They have the resources and capital to make it work and they won't be replacing Android in mainstream high-end and mid-range smartphones and tablets for several years to come, until Tizen can act as a standalone. But for now, Tizen makes sense on smartwatches at the very least.

12. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

I told this already. Samsung wants full selfmade monopoly in the market. Every part made by itself. Watches incoming with tizen, tvs already full tizen. Next up is making a flagship with tizen and ditching android slowly

14. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Nah, they just want more control over their own software revisions, so they can mold and optimize it in the way that they would like. Instead, being stuck with a set amount of guidelines put forth by Google and unable to mold the code and architecture to their favor, all the while, sharing this very same platform that Google hands to their competitors. It's a sound and reasonable long term business decision to want to branch out and leverage their own services. They know better than to toss Android to the side though. I guarantee we are going to see Android utilized up until the Galaxy S10 and perhaps beyond. If Tizen persists, they'll just release reference devices, to slowly develop the ecosystem over the years, to try to bring it up to parity. Tizen, as a mainstream competitor, assuming Samsung really invests and courts developers to develop for it, is probably at least 5 years off as a viable alternative on smartphones.

17. thelep

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 22, 2014

IMO,the best way for a new operating system to make any headway against android/apple is simply to pair it with an ultra low cost mobile phone service.If someone could offer an ultra low cost mobile service with a new OS.it very well could be a success.People will always like saving money.Most people are paying way too much for their mobile service and are unaware of the ultra low cost options out there. As of now I only pay $10 a month combined for my home phone service and mobile phone service using a combination of magicjack and tracfone.Magicjack plus for home phone service and included magicjack app on smartphone/tablet for $3/month.The magicjack app gives me free service wherever I have a WiFi connection on my android tracfone and my tablet and I can get WiFi almost anywhere in my area.I just pair that with limited tracfone minutes on android tracfone for $7 a month for when I can't access WiFi.Keep in mind,I get tons of mobile talk time with this method by using the mj app over WiFi. But many people won't use my method for different reasons.Many people are simply unaware of this method,find it to confusing or maybe they are waiting for one phone service to offer them this kind of value in a simpler way on one device with one plan that can be bought in a retail store and used immediately and used anywhere.Something with this kind of value that works out of the box without having to hopefully discover and download an app that most people don't even know exists.

23. Limcheethiam

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

Actually i like to criticise Samsung about their products, their system. But i'm also impressed that they have courage to make the big changes after they lost to Apple. They aimed to the top of the industries.

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