What is the appeal of the Tizen OS that Samsung is reportedly considering for future devices?


Until about 6 weeks ago, I had never heard of Tizen, and suddenly there is buzz that Samsung may be looking at moving to Tizen OS. So Samsung, who is doing very well with Android, wants to move to a different OS?! What am I missing here? I seem to recall a couple of companies called Nokia and RIM that hung their hats (among other things) on different OSes, and that didn't seem to work out too well. Is Samsung nuts, or do they know something I don't?

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Samsung itself developed Tizen.  Like Android, it is a Linux based OS so I assume that development wouldn't be too difficult.  Also it is supposed to be open source, like WebOS.  And HTML5 based, like Mozilla's Boot to Gecko.  So it is shares similarities with Android, WebOS and Boot to Gecko, only one of which is really established as a success (sorry WebOS fans).  I seem to recall a lot of concern over Android fragmentation.  If that is an issue, it seems to be a pretty minor one compared to a baker's dozen of OSes floating around competing for carrier and consumer acceptance.  I'm all in favor of having more options, but realistically, I don't see how there is going to be a successful launch of a new OS in the mobile device market.  If Microsoft has to pay developers to write apps for Windows Mobile, how is Samsung going to compete with Android/iOS.  I'm sure there are some very smart people at Samsung, but I will be surprised if Tizen becomes more than a niche OS.    


Samsung is going to use Tizen and become the new asian 'android' . It only took google what- 5 years? Im sure Samsung knows exactly where they want to be in 5 yrs. Asian companies are all about stealing American ideas and then making those original ideas - they couldn't come up with - better.
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It might have something to do with all of the Android lawsuits. Google is in hot water for...er..."borrowing" stuff from Apple, Oracle and other companies. Samsung simply might want to sever any connection to the mess that is Android.

Here's some background about Tizen:


"Tizen is an open source, standards-based software platform supported by leading mobile operators, device manufacturers, and silicon suppliers for multiple device categories, including smartphones, tablets, netbooks, in-vehicle infotainment devices, smart TVs, and more. Tizen offers an innovative operating system, applications, and a user experience that consumers can take from device to device.

The Tizen project resides within the Linux Foundation and is governed by a Technical Steering Group. The Technical Steering Group is the primary decision-making body for the open source project, with a focus on platform development and delivery, along with the formation of working groups to support device verticals.

The Tizen Association has been formed to guide the industry role of Tizen, including gathering of requirements, identification and facilitation of service models, and overall industry marketing and education.

Tizen provides a robust and flexible environment for application developers, based on HTML5. With HTML5's robust capabilities and cross platform flexibility, it is rapidly becoming the preferred development environment for mobile apps and services. The Tizen SDK and API allow developers to use HTML5 and related web technologies to write applications that run across multiple device segments."

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Actually, Samsung needed Intel's help to create Tizen.  The hype is purely marketing dollars spent by Samsung.  Aside from that, Tizen is basically just another linux/Android OS with some decorations.


So long as Americans hate their own companies and support foreign ones that steal and kill domestic companies, the skies the limits for Samsung.  Steal ideas from America, then give an American a cheap tv, cell phone or car and they'll do whatever you want because they have no dignity or sense of selfworth.  Americans are taught to hate themselves by the media.


Sorry, its the truth.  Deny it at your own peril.

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Samsung is thinking big. They understand while at first they wont be 'Android' that in 5 more years they could have a majority of other Asian smartphone makers using their own Samsung 'android' alternative - Thus wiping out any need for Google and making themselves a ton of money down the road. This is the kick in the face American's need.

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