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Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Apr 16, 2014

Samsung's Tizen OS Likely To Ship In Q2 With At Least Two Phones

Those of us who can't afford iDevices and have no special liking for Android, Blackberry and Windows will soon be able to get an alternative from Samsung. The South Korean electronics giant has been developing an alternative to the iOS and Android; and it's only now that a Samsung official has offered some concrete information about the release operating system. Yoon Han-kil, SVP of Samsung's product strategy team informed Reuters that the company will announce at least two phones running on Tizen in the next few weeks.

Samsung's focus will be on creating and growing its own ecosystem centered around the Tizen. It will help Samsung to be in control of the phone's entire software and apps. This would also mean Samsung will be able to push the firmware upgrades faster. Currently it has to rely on Google to release the bare bones Android and then customise it to their phones. Samsung does some heavy tweaking on Android to run their own apps and offer a new GUI, called 'TouchWiz' to the Galaxy series owners.

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It'd be interesting to see what kind of phones Samsung will launch running on Tizen. Whether they'll be high-end smartphones with specs similar to the Galaxy SX and Note, or budget friendly phone to push wider adoption at the launch. We believe Samsung will go with a high-end smartphone running on Tizen to send a message among the app developers that they're quite serious about Tizen and its development.

Samsung's already pushed Tizen in the wearable devices and is ensuring that the Tizen based devices work with Android smoothly. We've a few days to go till Samsung officially announces Tizen based smartphones. Till then, all we can do is just wait for Samsung to announce Android Kit-Kat for our phones.

Source: Reuters UK
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Apr 16, 2014
PS: I'm curious to know whether CEans have already gotten their hands on the Tizen SDK. Curious to know how different it is to develop apps for Samsung Tizen Vs. Google's Android (and iOS).

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