Sprint officially joins the Tizen Association

Sprint officially joins the Tizen Association
Tizen - a new open-source mobile platform backed up by Samsung, Intel, Huawei, and a bunch of wireless carriers from around the world, now officially has the support of a major U.S. wireless carrier - Sprint. The announcement came in just now and further informs us that Fared Adib, who is vice president of product development at Sprint, is joining the Tizen board of directors. The list of carriers that have backed up Tizen so far includes NTT DOCOMO, Orange, SK telecom, Telefónica and Vodafone. 

Version 1.0 of the Tizen platform, codenamed Larkspur, was announced not long ago, and although we have yet to try it out ourselves, we know that it handles HTML5 without a hitch. Also, we have a general idea as to what some parts of its interface will look like. But when the first Tizen-powered smartphones will hit the market, or if they ever will, however, is something that is still a mystery. Oh well, at least we now have a major U.S. carrier that is interested, so we know on whose shelves we might see them landing one day.

source: Sprint

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19 Comments

1. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

i have feeling tizen will be more successful then wp if released and if it is backed by so many

12. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

nah.. wp7 is much more developed and has the full support of micrsoft which can often be more valuable then the sort-of support from a bunch of people

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Didnt really see that one coming.. not yet anyways. ATT/VZW will be obnoxiously slow to ever jump on that train. T-Mobile might jump on it too, as they tend to be more friendly to new OS platforms. I dunno.. it looks so much like android, how are they going to position it? "its like android.. except with out all the apps"?? I guess we will find out soon.

9. ph00ny

Posts: 2051; Member since: May 26, 2011

Well if it's heavily HTML5 based then technically most HTML5 apps should work right off the bat. Guess who's currently on the top of the HTML5 benchmarks that MS was flaunting for a very long time? http://html5test.com/results/mobile.html It looks like samsung already has a working device

14. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

The problem is it's getting hard to penetrate the market now that Android and iOS is proliferating quite successfully. Even formidable Windows Phones have less than 10% of the pie. If they plan on pursuing this I'm guessing it's gonna be for the long run. Will probably bear fruit in 5 years. That's considering time to polish the OS, and catch up with the rapid growth of Android and iOS (both in terms of unit volume and apps). Another thing to worry about: as time goes, previous flagships are losing value, attracting more people to buy Android/iOS.

19. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

It does seem strange, don't it remixfa? WeBOS was original and different, and maybe the most pure fun OS I have ever played with. RIM has had some positive buzz about BB10, again something new and original. But, WeBOS never got global support or developers to buy into it, and HP pulled the plug due to not being able to stomach the cost of development (what a waste). RIM is bleeding marketshare, cannot use any apps from BB07 or upgrade any of their current devices, and their cash reserves are starting to get used with no partners to help push this R&D or develop the hardware and PR. Not looking good. So now this band of merry men are gonna get a new OS off the ground with all the disadvantages from those two above, and no original hook to it? Just another grid layout? I am not among those who think it is impossible, I think there is plenty of sales for 4 OS's among the smartphone world. I just don't get the vision on this one....

3. pbui.818

Posts: 78; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

Don't know how this will affect their relationship with Google. Last year, Sprint and Google seemed to be getting so cozy. Up side is that it might bring updates to Sprint phones faster. Tizen updates that is. Android updates, probably not. I'm cautious. Unless this is only for entry level phones, I imagine it could hurt innovation on Android devices.

4. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Anything with the ugly Touchwiz interface should crash and burn.

5. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Manufactures nor carriers want one dominating OS,so...

7. InJuxHurYlem

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

Incorrect. A major reason the manufacturers put those annoying customized UIs over top of Android is to distinguish themselves. Imagine if every manufacturer ran pure Android...the only different between the phones would be the specs, the brand name etched on the frame, and the price tag.

8. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

actually if you look from business pov if an OS is dominating it will have more power to control over who they are dealing with,which in turn makes others who's dealing with that OS less profitable

18. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

OEMs yes but carriers absolutely not! OEMs want whatever OS they're supporting to be dominant. But carriers do not want that because they loose whatever bargaining power they have. They absolutely do not want another Apple to dictate terms to them so they want as many OSes to compete as much as possible. The reason Sprint want Tizen to succeed is because it's chafing under the onerous terms imposed by Apple on them. If Tizen succeeds, it could become a bargaining leverage. Unfortunately Sprint does not have the money to promote Tizen big time. So it will probably go the way of Meego.

6. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

i feel like sprint is just trying to stay afloat. offering a new OS, may or may not be a good idea. remix you do bring up a good point. how would you throw that out there. "if android is bentley, than this is kia!"

10. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

So far it looks good with great performance benchmarks, truth is we dont know what the final product will be to call it anything. I think its good for Sprint to keep their options open and be an innovator instead of a follower. Good things could come out of this.

11. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

you bring up a good point. i just feel like bringing in a new OS, especially at this point, wouldnt be a good idea. i could be wrong though, maybe thats what everyone needs. honestly the only good platforms out are android and iOS. windows phones suck, and blackberry is less and less a threat. so they could stand a pretty decent chance if they do it just right.

13. niteryda8

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

I'm glad to see a new OS in the works, with BB sinking like the Titanic, Palm OS/Web OS really a figment of the imagination, it makes perfect sense to position something new that is open source in the market to fill that void. With support from such strong entities, it definitely has the makings of something, still won't overtake Android, but definitely BB imho.

15. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

If I were one of the few Sprint costomers who have been begging for a better windows phone line up, this would floor me.

16. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

soooooo we can support a new OS which info on it seems vague to me but not WP????

17. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

The two OEMs mentioned are Samsung and Huawei. Of these two, only Samsung is in a position to fully support it in terms of marketing. But it's not gonna happen. If they don't even market Bada that much (or their WP devices for that matter), they're not spending money either to market this one. Huawei missed their target for 2011 so I don't think they'll spend money on it either. Sprint is also loosing money so they're not gonna spend for marketing either. That leaves Intel, the originator of the OS. Sure they have the money but if they did not spend that much on their other OS, Meego, they won't do it here either. Besides, they're too busy fighting in so many important fronts I don't think they have time to devote fighting for Tizen's marketshare.

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