Over a year ago, Samsung has started the development of Tizen, an open source operating system in collaboration with Intel and the Linux Foundation. Tizen is the union between LiMo and MeeGo, the latter in turn was born from the merger of Maemo and Moblin. Despite various announcements, the Korean manufacturer has not announced any Tizen smartphone so far. Although Samsung has not only developed Tizen for smartphone or tablet, but also for other sectors, such as automotive.
In an interview, the co-CEO JK Shin said that Tizen is not only an alternative to Android. It is aimed to integrate the operating system on other products, creating a universal platform on which Samsung may have complete control. The Korean company has already taken the lead in the smartphone market thanks to the success of its Galaxy line up based on Android. However, even if Shin didn’t say anything about it, nevertheless it seems clear that Samsung will try to reduce the dependence on Google.
After rescheduling the launch of the first Tizen smartphone, it’s rumored that the producer will soon abandon the operating system. However, Shin has denied such rumors and added, “There are many convergences not only among IT gadgets, including smartphones, tablets, PCs, and cameras, but also among different industries like cars, bio, or banks. Cross-convergence is the one [area] Samsung can do best since we do have various parts and finished products.”
According to a source inside Intel, the industry has appreciated this opportunity, but it won’t happen before 2015. The first smartphone based on Tizen may come on the market later this year, while developers can already download the development kit and source code of Tizen 2.2.