Tizen OS – Just another OS or the real deal?

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Tizen OS – Just another OS or the real deal?

Samsung is stuck in a corner. They are totally reliant on Android for all of their smartphone success. They would like nothing more than to create their own operating system and leave Android behind. You can see this in all of the auxiliary services they offer with their Galaxy phones, like SHealth and SVoice. Their other option beyond staying with Android is to create an OS from scratch. This is what Tizen OS is.

What is Tizen OS?

Tizen OS is an operating system created by the Tizen Association, which is made up of Samsung, Intel and Huawei, just to name a few. The goal is to create an OS that is more open than Android. The manufacturers want an OS that they can have access to every part of the OS, which they can’t do on Android (think Gmail and the Play Store).

Tizen OS Development Partners

Tizen OS itself is based on Linux, much like Android, and will be able to be totally customized by carriers and manufacturers. Android is an open operating system, but has closed aspects, and is updated and maintained at the whim of Google, which the carriers and manufacturers don’t want to be beholden to.

Will it succeed?

There is going to an influx of new “open” operating systems coming out this year. We have Ubuntu and their OS, then Mozilla coming out with Firefox OS, and then Tizen OS. Can any of them go up against the behemoth of Android and iOS? And if so, what’s the point?

This goal of having a more open OS is not at all altruistic. No, no. The Tizen OS is meant to be open so the carriers and manufacturers have more access to it and can load it with bloat ware that no one will ever use.

Smartphone Running Tizen OS

The good news is that the phones that come of these new “open” operating systems will be incredibly cheap. The carriers and makers of these devices will want to price them to sell. They could become popular in markets like Africa, India and China.

What will it do to the smartphone market?

In the end this will probably have little impact on the smartphone market or on Android. Samsung won’t be abandoning Android anytime soon; it just makes them too much money. They might try to truly fork Android and call it something creative like sOS or something close to the iOS name. Tizen OS, however, will not be the thing that they replace Android with.

You can always figure out the path any company will take in the future if you ask the simple question: What makes them money? Right now Android is the OS that is making Sammy the big bucks. Other manufacturers, however, aren’t making money on Android.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see device makers like HTC, Huawei, and LG adopting other OS opportunities. It is doubtful, however, that they would choose Tizen since it is so closely related to Samsung. Firefox or Ubuntu might draw some of these manufacturers out of the Android sphere, if they think it might give them a chance to make a splash in the market.

Written By Darren Wall aka prepay

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