A new report published by the Japanese newspaper Daily Yomiuri claims that Samsung Electronics will be releasing its first smartphone based on Tizen operating system this year. According to the report, Samsung is partnering with several carriers, including the Japan-based NTT Docomo, the biggest wireless communications company in the country, to release the smartphone. In Europe, Samsung is likewise teaming up with Vodafone in the U.K. and France Telecom in France, among others. Panasonic Corp. and NEC Corp. are working on the project, as well.
Tizen is dubbed as an alternative to the two U.S.-based giants Android and iOS, which have held 72.4 a percent and 13.9 percent global market share, respectively, during the July to September 2012 period, as per Gartner Inc. Tizen, for its part, is a Linux-based open-source operating system that can work on a wide range of devices. Among these are as smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, appliances, and entertainment devices within vehicles. CNet notes that when Tizen is compared to Android, Tizen is believed to be more open since it does not have similar restrictions that Android imposes, such as those regarding the introduction of many modifications to the operating system.
NTT Docomo, for instance, says that despite the facility of app software products made for Android or iOS, it remains hard for wireless operators to use the platform to provide their own services, such as an online shopping service, for one. In contrast, Tizen will allow companies to offer such services.
Meanwhile, developers would possibly be happy to note that the operating system, according to the website, “provides a robust and flexible environment for application developers, based on HTML5. With HTML5’s robust capabilities and cross platform flexibility, it is rapidly becoming the preferred development environment for mobile apps and services. The Tizen SDK and API allow developers to use HTML5 and related web technologies to write applications that run across multiple device segments.”