Samsung plans to sell a smartphone based on the open source Tizen operating system sometime in 2013 in conjunction with Japanese carrier NTT Docomo, a move aimed at supplying mobile device giants Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) with some new competition, according to a report in Japan’s Daily Yomiuri.
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People may have been used to Samsung smartphone runs on Googles Android Operating System or the latest windows phone 8, so would you even consider buying a smartphone running on Tizen backed by Intel Corp as its operating system?
Samsung and Docomo, Japan’s largest mobile communication company, are joining forces to develop Tizen, an open source OS that supporters hope will cut into the 90% marketshare held by Google and Apple. The smartphones may be on the market by next year, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun.
Days after releasing version 2.1 of the Linux-based Tizen mobile operating system, Samsung confirmed an upcoming GT-I8805 Tizen smartphone, and Intel demonstrated a laptop running Tizen 3.0 in a GNOME shell. Other developments around this week’s Tizen Developers Conference include a Tizen App Challenge and 2013 phone launch promises from NTT DoCoMo and Orange.
Samsung plans to offer a high-end smartphone framed on the open-source, Linux-based, Tizen operating system later this year, according to a top executive for the Korean mobile device maker. Lee Young Hee, Samsung mobile business executive vice president, told Bloomberg News that the “Tizen phone will be out in August or September, and this will be in the high-end category.
There was Tizen news aplenty at the Tizen Developer Summit including a Tizen 2.2.1 release, new details on Tizen 3.0, a Tizen-based Samsung NX-300M camera, and an upcoming Tizen Mobile Lite version for low-end phones.
Smartphone market leader Samsung, by far the kingpin of Google’s (GOOG) Android-based mobile devices, will unwrap its first handset based on the open source, Linux-based Tizen OS in February 2014, close to a half-year after the Korean manufacturer expected to begin selling the unit.
Close on the heels of the revelation that Samsungs NX300M camera runs Tizen, this week saw an announcement by Nexcom of a developer-focused, Intel Atom-based automotive computer called the VTC 1010-IVI that supports the Tizen In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) stack, plus news of a Tizen-enabled Samsung smart refrigerator.
Promoted by the Linux Foundation and led by Intel and Samsung, Tizen may emerge as a viable alternative to Android, with the first Tizen-based smartphone made by the Korean giant launching by the end of the year.