Given the success Samsung
has had with Android
, it's not really surprising that it isn't pushing its own Tizen operating system
(co-developed with Intel) as aggressively as it could be. This might even be the first you've heard of Tizen, which is a Linux-based OS designed for a range of devices, including smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, in-vehicle infotainment setups, and more. So, what does the future hold for Tizen?
In an interview with Die Welt
, a German language publication, Samsung
co-CEO Boo-Keun Yoon said that Tizen is going to be used on some of the company's smartphones just like its TVs and home appliances, but declined to give a specific time frame. However, he did indicate that Tizen-based TVs could come out as early as next year.
The ultimate goal will be to create an ecosystem of connected devices. However, there doesn't seem to be a sense of urgency to push the platform. Samsung recently delayed the introduction of its first Tizen-based smartphone until the fourth quarter of this year, a move that made people suspicious of whether Samsung was really gung-ho about its OS.
Samsung insists it is. While speaking with CNET
last month, another of Samsung's co-CEOs, JK Shin, was adamant that Tizen is more than a "simple alternative to Android."