Samsung Has Big Plans for Tizen OS, Including TVs in 2014

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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.

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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."
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Is Tizen offering something new and different from Android, or is this just Samsung/Intel's way of avoiding that $5 per device extortion from Microsoft for not suing them?

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