An Open source Linux-based operating system Tizen that supports both ARM and x86 processors and aims to bring versatility not just to Smartphones and tablets, but runs across multiple hardware platforms, including TVs, appliances and other infotainment systems is gathering pace.
The Tizen is now backed by over 36 major companies including Nokia, eBay, Konami, Panasonic, The Weather Channel and Intel-owned security vendor McAfee. The entire list of partnered organizations could be found here.
Most of you may not have heard of it, but Tizen is a part of the Linux Foundation and is administered by a technical steering group comprised of Samsung and Intel and headed by a Board of Directors that has representatives from Samsung, Intel, Huawei, Fujitsu, NEC, Panasonic, KT, Sprint, SK Telecom, Orange, NTT Docomo and Vodafone.
Tizen was first released in early 2012 and has origins back to the Samsung Linux Platform, the LiMo Project, but it was just recently that Samsung merged its homegrown Bada project into it. Intel had put some of its MeeGo work into Tizen too.
Notwithstanding the evidence that Microsoft acquiring Nokia’s existing Smartphone assets, it’s satiric that Nokia has also joined hands with Tizen Association by offering services to put its maps and map-related functionality onto Tizen devices.
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As we have reported before, Samsung has plans to put Tizen on all of its upcoming products. In fact Samsung’s CEO J.K. Shin has said that embracing Tizen will grant Samsung to offer its consumers “cross-convergence” amidst various products, including smartphones, PCs, cameras, and even cars, biotechnology or banks. He was so buoyant on the expectancies for Tizen calling the operating system more than a “simple alternative for Android” in an interview with cnet this week.
Samsung said that its first official device using the Tizen OS would be officially unveiled before Q2 2014, with more vendors to follow the track.