January 03, 2013, 8:06 PM — Hard on the heels of Wednesday's unveiling of Ubuntu Linux for phones, Samsung has now reportedly confirmed that it plans to ship new Linux-based mobile devices of its own later this year.
Rather than Ubuntu Linux or Linux-based Android, however, Samsung's handsets will be based on Tizen Linux, a mobile OS that was launched by the Linux Foundation and the LiMo Foundation in late 2011.
Samsung plans "to unveil competitive Tizen devices within this year," a company spokesperson reportedly told CNET on Thursday, though no further specifics were provided.
Samsung hasn't yet responded to my request for more information, but I'll post an update if and when it does.
An ongoing attraction
Generally considered a replacement for the long-struggling Linux-based MeeGo platform, Tizen has been the focus of Samsung's interest for some time already.
At last year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), in fact, Samsung executive Kang Tae-jin told Forbes that Samsung planned to merge its homegrown Bada mobile operating system into Tizen.
MeeGo, meanwhile, has since gone on to become a key part of Finnish startup Jolla's plans in the form of Sailfish OS.