Samsung Tizen Smartphone to be Unveiled at the Beginning of Next Month
According to a new report, Samsung will unveil its first commercial Tizen smartphone at a Samsung Unpacked event in Moscow. This event is rumoured to be taking place around the same time as a Tizen developer’s conference in San Francisco that will run from 2nd to the 4th June. The phone will launch specifically in India and Russia to avoid direct competition with Samsung’s biggest rivals, according to the The Wall Street Journal, but this is yet to be confirmed by Samsung.
Tizen, if you are not already aware, is “an open source, standards-based software platforms”. Tizen is a project within Linux and offers a very feasible and adaptable platform that makes good use of HTML5.
We have been waiting for the release of a Tizen phone from Samsung for some time now, initially there was mention of Samsung unveiling the device back in January but for some reason this never materialised. One can only presume the delay is to iron out any development issues and to insure the device lives up to expectations.
Samsung’s aim with Tizen is to create a new niche market so that it can grab some ground back from the Apple iOS devices and Google Android devices. They plan to do this, not by creating more highend devices in an already crowded market but, by creating a number of devices utilising the same operating system so that they can communicate and link effectively with each other – think watches, phones, fridges, maybe cars all communicating with each other?
Samsung are at the forefront of using Tizen as a mobile operating system, and NTT DoCoMo (the predominant mobile operator in Japan) are fully backing this by committing to carrying the phones once they are available. By Samsung doing this they are seen to be distancing themselves from Google’s grasps which they rely on for software updates on their current Android powered products.