Tizen takes aim at Android’s open-source heart, signs on 36 new partners

November 18, 2013

Tizen

Samsung may be the top Android device manufacturer in the world, with the South Korean conglomerate being the only Android OEM to boast incredible sales and profit numbers, year after year, quarter after quarter. Even with this level of success, it has become increasingly evident over the the past several years that Samsung is looking to move on from Android, or at the very least, desires to have a firm and viable contingency in place. Be it the complete lack of mention of Android during the Samsung Galaxy S4 launch event, or the inclusion of duplicate apps to take on a number of Google apps such as Translate, Hangouts, and to a smaller extent, the Google Play Store. The biggest indication that Samsung is looking for alternatives to Android? Tizen.

After what seemed like a shaky start, support and development of Tizen has been picking up steam as of late. Most recently, Samsung held the inaugural Tizen Developer Summit last week, and announced that 36 new partners have come on-board. These include a number of big names such as Panasonic, Sharp, eBay, McAfee, Nokia, Intel, TrendMicro, and many more. These new partnerships are indicative of Samsung’s intention to to attract a wide range of partners from different industry segments, targeted towards consumer electronics beyond smartphones and tablets. You can find the full list in the press release below.

Why Samsung, why?

Tizen Handset CNET

Tizen is an open source, standards based software platform aimed towards various network carriers and device manufacturers. That may sound very similar to how Android is described, but unlike Android, which is ultimately controlled entirely by Google, Tizen is more conventionally open source, and is managed by the Steering Committee of the Tizen Association, led by Samsung and Intel. While more and more partners may continue to join this effort, Samsung will play a big role in the development of the OS, the kind of control the company would never have with Android.

Another major reason for Samsung’s interest in Tizen is its application beyond just smartphones and tablets, with the expectation of the OS to be a part of connected “smart” electronics on a mass scale. In fact, the only commercially available Tizen device at the moment is the Samsung NX300M camera.

The Tizen OS promises to be the most open and comprehensive software platform available for those companies wishing to target the consumers of connected devices
Trevor Cornwell, Founder and CEO, appbackr inc

Apple, Microsoft (with Nokia), and Google (with Motorola) control both hardware and software aspects of their devices, meaning that Samsung needs Tizen to move ahead from its role as just a hardware manufacturer. With Tizen, Samsung will also be able to tap into new revenue streams from apps, media, and more similar to what is available from the Google Play Store, without losing out on some of the profits, as it now does to Google.

What’s next

Quite a few heavy hitters in here, don't you think?

Quite a few heavy hitters in here, don’t you think?

With Samsung announcing multiple new partnerships that include game developers, additional network carriers, and more electronics manufacturers, it looks like the company is getting ready to make a splash with Tizen in 2014. While previous reports suggested the availability of a high-end Tizen smartphone in the final quarter of 2013, Samsung also mentioned that the launch date of such as device has been pushed to early 2014. This also gives time for developers to get their apps ready in time for the launch, which Samsung has been encouraging, and the point of the Tizen Developer Summit that concluded last week. While nothing has been announced yet, it will also be interesting to see what sort of consumer oriented technology we will see debut with Tizen OS in 2014.

That being said, Samsung is far away from dumping the OS that has been the cause for the exponential rise of the company’s mobile focused divisions over the last several years. Samsung is the only (non-Google) company to have found the pot of gold at the end of the Android rainbow, and that is something no company would be foolish enough to give up. Let us know your thoughts on Tizen, and on Samsung down below in the comments, we always love hearing what you think!

Show Press Release

TIZEN ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES PARTNER PROGRAM WITH 36 NEW MEMBERS AIMED AT ACCELERATING DEVELOPMENT AND COMMERCIALIZATION OF THE TIZEN OPERATING SYSTEM

Companies from All Segments of the Mobile and Connected Device Ecosystems Become Tizen Association Partners to Collaborate on the Ongoing Development of the Tizen Project and Platform

Seoul, Korea-November 11, 2013 – Today the Tizen Association announced the launch of a partner program aimed at broadening support of the Tizen Platform across a more diverse set of connected device manufacturers, operators, application developers and independent software vendors (ISVs). The Tizen Association is an industry consortium that supports the development of an open source software platform and operating system – Tizen. Tizen supports a wide range of connected devices. The program launched today at the Tizen Developer Summit in Seoul, Korea with 36 new members. Each of the new members has the potential to join relevant Tizen Association Working Groups and to participate in Tizen Association meetings, giving them more insight and potential input into the development of the Tizen Operating System (OS).

“The Tizen OS is attracting support from all segments of the connected device ecosystem, with manufacturers, operators, developers and ISVs joining to add their voice and expertise to the development of this open and collaborative platform,” said Ryoichi Sugimura, a Tizen Association Board Member from NTT DOCOMO. “One of the biggest benefits of Tizen to partners is the absence of application or feature mandates, allowing the OS to be customized based on what it is best for the end customer. This allows operators and some device manufacturers to select the provider of features and services that makes the most sense given the type of device, the location of the customer and the most popular use cases for that device. By democratizing this portion of the product development, Tizen is driving increased innovation and competition in the industry.”

The 36 new members, alphabetically, are:

  • 11 Bit Studios
  • ACCESS
  • appbackr
  • AppCarousel
  • ArtSpark Holdings
  • Celsys Inc.
  • Citymaps
  • Crucial Tec
  • eBay
  • F@N Communications
  • Goo Technologies
  • HERE, a Nokia business
  • HI Corporation
  • Igalia S.L.
  • KeyPoint Technologies
  • KONAMI
  • Konantech
  • McAfee
  • Mobica
  • Monotype Imaging Inc.
  • Mutecsoft
  • Neos Corporation
  • NTT Data MSE
  • Open Mobile
  • Panasonic
  • PCPhase
  • Quixey
  • Reaktor Fusion
  • Sharp
  • Symphony Teleca
  • Systena
  • The Weather Channel
  • Tieto
  • TrendMicro
  • TuneIn Radio
  • YoYo Games

“The Tizen OS promises to be the most open and comprehensive software platform available for those companies wishing to target the consumers of connected devices,” said Trevor Cornwell, Founder and CEO, appbackr inc., a Tizen Association Partner. “The Association’s commitment to support HTML5 applications, combined with their vision that extends beyond the smartphone and tablet ecosystem to a wider array of other connected device segments, makes it attractive to all types of companies. We look forward to collaborating with the Tizen Association to ensure that all stakeholders can contribute to the development of a platform for this growing market opportunity.”

Other companies interested in joining the Tizen Association Partner Program can visithttp://www.tizenassociation.org. New partners are approved on a rolling basis and the Association welcomes all applications.

Comments

  • Obed David Perez Uri

    :facepalm:

  • Wezi427

    I hope Google wins this battle. They need to show more support towards other companies, because the writing is on the wall from Samsung. They own Motorola and it’s time for them to take back what they started. Some people think that Samsung is Android.

    • Bryan Z

      A lot of people think Android is Samsung….

      • Seu

        More people think Android is ‘Galaxy’…

        • arjman22

          A lot of people think a ¨Galaxy¨ is a massive, gravitationally bound system consisting of stars, stellar remnants, an interstellar medium of gas and dust, and dark matter.

      • yama

        A lot of people think android is chocolate and pie etc.

    • dandroid13
    • Alexandana Theng

      For me, i think that Google can win this battle unless it has a support from (or own) excellent hardware company like Nokia. Google should have bought Nokia instead of Motorola.
      Google is the best software platform and Nokia is the best hardware company

    • sfasljkas

      What battle? Is it not possible to coexist?

      • Wezi427

        I think Apple had that same thought, but now Android has 80% of the market. My original point is you can’t take any competition lightly. I think that there is enough competition already.

    • APai

      why do you want google to win it outright ? google of late has been acting strange of late – pushing their wares a bit too much. it just happens to every company. though, it must be said that, google has been doing much better than others like apple/ microsoft etc who were an absolute bully (even to this day). if any single company wins then we have trouble on our hand. even samsung has a huge clout over hardware – so their dominance needs to go down too.

      • abazigal

        To me, Google has always been involved in a delicate balancing act. They want to ensure their services are good enough to use, and they also want to push targeted ads to the end user, and I think both goals are a bit mutually exclusive. So Google is just testing the waters and seeing how much they can get away with.

      • Wezi427

        Competition is a good thing. Apple, Windows, and even Blackberry. My point was some people don’t know what Android is. Some people buy Samsung because that’s all they know, they don’t realize that the OS is Android. Tizen will become popular based on what I mentioned in its self.

    • honda

      There’s nothing to be worried for, Tizen has complicated licensing, Android will still rule at least in the next 3-5 years.

    • SSDROiD

      Fun fact: Google did not start Android in the very beginning. The same way Chrome used to be Chromium before Google got their hands on it. Your argument is invalid. And I do hope Samsung makes a terrific launch with Tizen, because I want as much competition as possible among smartphones. It will cause development to go faster than it does today.

  • Caelum Cunnane

    I just wondering if this new feed will be renamed to “Tizen Authority” in a few years?

    • Wezi427

      I hope not. If Touch Wiz shows what Samsung has to offer, I would think that Google wouldn’t have much to worry about. I think Apple probably had those same thoughts at some point too, look how that turned out. Google has to show the average consumer that Android is a Google product. They need to start advertising that fact. I think that we are starting to see that with the Nexus 7 commercials, but what about the Nexus 5? It’s one of the best Android phones that you can get, but the phone seems to be foreign to most consumers. People that visit this website know what the Nexus 5 is, but ask the a average person going in to an AT&T store what it is. They don’t!

      Google has to show people that Android is Google.

    • honda

      it could be worse, google could block keyword “tizen” in their search engine couple years from now, lol xD

      • SSDROiD

        They haven’t done so with Apple, iPhone or iOS, and they’re not going to do it with Tizen.

  • Shark Bait

    It will be a big battle. Microsoft has more big name partners and they have only made a small dint.

    Samsung risks a lot here, supporting 2 operating systems without a clear boundary will be confusing to customers

  • cycad007

    I guess that means no more Samsung Nexus devices. Great! I can’t wait for Android to be free of Samsung for good.

    • Shark Bait

      They wont leave android. Too much money in android for them

      Samsung risks a lot here, supporting 2 operating systems without a clear boundary will be confusing to customers which will cause tizen to flop in the long run

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      • Ivan Myring

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    • SSDROiD

      Has MasterMuffin seriously become an Internet celebrity? I thought I was the only one who loved him and his comments :o I’m becoming jealous of him hahaha

  • Bryan Z

    Will AA still post articles about Samsung after they leave android once and for all? I hope so.

    • Roberto Tomás

      they do with apple, so it makes sense that even if samsung left, aa would continue to cover them.

  • Roberto Tomás

    it is sad to see Google grouped with Apple and Microsoft when considering operating systems — Android is a nice OS that has always been 95% open source with some Google thrown in. Google’s gentle-dictatorship has had few tangible negative results: Arguably the biggest rejection of the community so far has probably been dumping openCL.

    Personally I dont think that Android is too far off course: they could very easily un-Google-ify it by just converting a few key apps to open source alternatives, and opening up control and creating a TSG (joining something like the Linux Foundation).

    • APai

      google has every right to consolidate or protect android from being forked too much, samsung benefits way too much because of google. hence google has to protects its investment while being fair to everyone and see to it that samsung doesn’t get away with it.

      that said, i don’t like the fact that android of late seems to be just abandoning aosp or not showing too much interest there. they just want android to be totally in control of google. it maybe a move to neutralize samsung, who are also working in parallel on tizen.

      this is exactly what nokia did with symbian – they had too much control even though it was a consortium of industry. if samsung pushes tizen into something similar – then i’d prefer android over tizen.

      right now the focus for me would be to see microsoft’s back. we had that hegemony going for far too long. I’d rather prefer a tizen in check than microsoft rearing its ugly head into mobile space. they have too much money to play dirty.

      • Roberto Tomás

        To each their own, but I don’t really agree with you on a number of counts. I don’t think Samsung’s profit is any of Google’s business. Nor is AMD (see openCL). I don’t think that they *do* stop Android from being forked (see http://www.phonearena.com/news/The-Google-Android-fork-Google-Play-services-Android-4.4-and-the-Nexus-Experience_id48229 ), just so long as it is not using the Google store. With Tizen, Samsung isn’t even the majority in deciding what software can go up for selection into the operating system, let alone the dictating factor that google is (and I like Android, don’t take this as an attack on it!) — and they don’t control Tizen in any way without an appropriate check and balance (from Intel, for example, or for selective design constraints they are now a little over 3% of the vote).

    • Jake

      Waht’s wrong about OpenCL being dumped? Even a minor mistake can bring down the whole OS with OpenCL.
      It isn’t that efficient either. NEON can do the same job multiple times faster in addition to being seamless in integration, unlike OpenCL.

      • Roberto Tomás

        The main thing that is wrong is that openCL was being *actively* developed and integrated by the community. But also, they didn’t replace it with something unique, just a spin off that they control — the crashes are still just as likely in what Google opted for, and anything it implements openCL itself could have implemented. The move was primarily a strategic move to put off AMD next year

        • Jake

          If a task can kill the OS, there is something terribly wrong. And OpenCL is THE security hole in this matter.
          It doesn’t matter how many people have been developing OpenCL for how long. Google did the right thing IMO.
          If you programmed NEON, you’d know how inefficient OpenCL actually is. It’s simply not worth the effort. The developers should have known this.

          • Roberto Tomás

            Again, if there is a solution in the Renderscript codebase, it could just as easily have been included in openCL directly because Renderscript was forked from openCL. And most importantly, an open source development standard would allow the Android developers to develop openCL regardless of its default inclusion or exclusion — Google actively denied the developers

    • abazigal

      Android exists primarily to ensure that Google always has a platform to push their services to the end user, so as to ensure a steady user base and continuous revenue stream. In that sense, it’s still a means to an end, not at all unlike what Apple is doing with IOS (using software to sell hardware). Google is far from the altruistic benefactor so many people here seem to be making it out to be.

      Google only allows Android to be open to the extent that it doesn’t affect their advertising revenue, and as long as this means more OEMs are willing to tinker with it and bundle it (together with their cloud services) into their handsets. Do you think they really appreciate Amazon forking their OS? Besides, since Google is effectively pumping in their own money to maintain and update the OS, why shouldn’t they be allowed to dictate the terms and conditions of how Android may or may not be used?

      I believe that at the end of the day, most consumers don’t so much care whether the OS on their phone is open or closed, but rather, what benefits they get out of it. If Samsung can somehow pull this stunt off, and offer their own OS which is comparable to Android, I do see consumers migrating over in droves.

      • Roberto Tomás

        Reading your comment, and coming across terms you use to defend this state of business affairs, like “dictate” and that they “only allow” Android, an open community driven project, to be open … It seems to me that there is a lot in common between Banana Republic Dictatorships and the business mindset that goes into such top-down approaches as Google’s and Apple’s. Or at least it is a cold-war like mentality. This is the real reason why open source is so important, that dozens of major companies jump ship as soon as they can … even though Andoird has “good bones”

        • abazigal

          I think it bears reminding that at the end of the day, Google is no charity. It’s every bit the profit-maximising entity other companies like Apple, Coke, Nike and Enron are. They just have differing business models.

          Open-source is important, yes. The question then comes of who is going to pay to maintain and promote it. Even Samsung clearly isn’t blindly supporting Tizen for the sake of being a philanthropist. They clearly intend to monetise Tizen and want to use TIzen as a hedge against Android, which suggests that it may not be as “free” or “open” as proponents are making it out to be.

          Don’t be surprised if Samsung decides to become the next Apple, by creating its own proprietary version of Tizen for use with its own hardware.

          • Roberto Tomás

            Well I was all ready to agree with you after reading the first paragraph, but then in the second paragraph you give a solid counterexample. If Tizen can do it, why can’t Android?

          • abazigal

            Well, for one, Android is too freely available to anyone who wants to sell a smartphone in the industry.

            When every Android phone pretty much boasts the same basic features (google apps / services) and UI, what is there left to differentiate your offering from the competition, barring specs and price? That’s precisely why only Samsung is reporting any sort of profit (because they have managed to build up a strong brand named for themselves) while the other OEMs are scrapping the bottom of the sofa for spare change.

            The only real winner is Google, because every additional Android device sold means one more user using their services (which in turn means more advertising revenue). It’s not like OEMs get a cut of this ad income either.

            The primary reason why Apple is able to remain so profitable despite Android’s overwhelming market share is precisely because of their tight control over their hardware, software and ecosystem. They are even customising their own processors to optimise for performance on IOS. This enables them to dictate the user experience and create a unique selling point which cannot be readily replicated by another other company. If consumers want the unique user experience that only Apple products can provide, they really have no choice but to buy them at the price dictated by Apple.

            Samsung’s a hardware company just like Apple. To me, I don’t see how anyone can resist the siren’s call of greater profits like what Apple has demonstrated. The only issue is whether Samsung is able to pull it off with Tizen. The risks are great, but the potential payoffs promise to be even greater should Samsung succeed.

          • Roberto Tomás

            I’m not sure what question you were trying to answer? The question I found myself asking after reading your first comment was “If Tizen can go open source and succeed (get wide market acceptance and participation — and they clearly are a good way through demonstrating that), why couldn’t Android? And, if Android succeeds, why does Google need control?”

            You said the opposite, in effect, when you said “The primary reason why Apple is able to remain so profitable despite Android’s overwhelming market share is precisely because of their tight control over their hardware, software and ecosystem. “ — for what it is worth, I completely, totally disagree with this. By that logic, Microsoft and their surfaces and phones should be doing better than Google too.

          • abazigal

            My point is basically that while Tizen is open-source now, I am not sure it will stay open. I suspect Samsung and that consortium will do something to fork it so that only they themselves may use it in their products, and the developers must play by their rules if they want to release apps for the platform.

            Sound familiar?

          • Roberto Tomás

            I see (and voted you up, thanks for the clarity) — so you think Samsung can develop the software so well that the OS community, along with 30-some leading manufacturers that are participating, can’t keep up. Well, yes it sounds familiar.

            But no, I think it is unlikely. Google was only able to do that because they’ve had an OS community to do their development for them. Apple *hasn’t* done it. They are profit high but market-share low, their software barely *keeps up*, and clearly does not lead. Microsoft, who practically invented that style of development, can’t win at all.

          • abazigal

            I honestly don’t know what to think. To me at least, it just makes no sense if Samsung is going to spend good money creating the next Android (Tizen in this case) and then give it away for free to OEMS, since Samsung likely won’t go down the advertising route (they simply lack the expertise and infrastructure).

            If they are going to license it (like Microsoft), why would any OEM in their right mind pay to use a likely inferior OS compared to Android (which is free and better-featured)?

            Since Samsung’s business model is more akin to Apple’s than Google’s, I would argue that they don’t need high market share so long as they can remain insanely profitable. You can question Apple users’ sanity for being willing to pay premium prices for supposedly substandard hardware (and indeed, I can write a thesis about why I chose to embrace the Apple ecosystem), but the fact is that they are.

            I don’t claim to be an expert in this subject matter, but of all the business models I am aware of, Apple’s makes the most financial sense in Samsung’s context.

  • https://plus.google.com/117965295509267254340/posts Dean Wisener

    I, for one, will be happy to see them go. They’ve been picking away at Google’s services for a while now, even hiding the play store. I recently talked to a girl who thought the Samsung app store was the only one on her device. It’ll make my life a lot easier, as a person who people come to for help with their Android devices.

  • fvck_ios

    i’m looking forward to Tizen cause it is one more OS out there that can take shares away from ios. always support OPEN source. i’m also looking forward to TIZEN AUTHORITY :-/

  • dandroid13

    Competition is always good, but haters gonna hate hahaha

  • grumpyfuzz

    The average consumer who buys a Samsung phone that doesn’t know what Android is, what will happen when the Play Store is not there? All of their apps would be gone, so I see this as a serious problem to Samsung.

    • Carlos Eduardo Jaramillo Londo

      they use a store of their own or the yandex store ;)

      • grumpyfuzz

        Yes, but every app purchased on Google Play won’t be available to them on another store.

        • Jaun Lombard

          I understand what you are saying, but I never buy an app. Just go for the free stuff! :)

          • grumpyfuzz

            Some people buy their apps on the play store, so that is a problem for Samsung, like I said in my first comment.

    • Jaun Lombard

      Its easier to create an app for tizen than Android…Tizen store might be empty, but it will get full very fast!

      • EnX$$

        do you work for samsung or something? how you know anything if tizen is not released

        • Jaun Lombard

          No i actually read articles on other forums about Tizen and follow the Tizen conferences!

  • Florin N

    Brace yourselves, the “We want Instagram on Tizen!” comments are coming…

    • EnX$$

      i been waiting for Instagram and youtube on Tizen for a year now samsung if you don’t give it to i’m moving to android :)

  • Nelson Sanchez

    For me it’s better if Android has a good competitor to make them grow better and better and better.

  • Larry

    I hope that Samsung fails woefully with Tizen. And learn their lesson that you don’t bite the hands that feed you.

    • SSDROiD

      Right… Because trying to establish their own OS rather than leaching off Google the way HTC, Sony and LG do is terrible. Samsung is at least trying to make something original rather than getting sales just because of the word “Android” the way that other companies are doing. Basically what you are saying is we should all just live with our parents until we die because they feed us and we shouldn’t spend money for the sakes of moving away from them.

      • http://gadgeticmusings.net/ Soul_Est

        Tizen isn’t really original to Samsung if you look at it’s roots. From Maemo and Moblin to MeeGo to Mer, Tizen has a pretty interesting history.

        Look it up. ;)

        • SSDROiD

          That’s fine, but that was not the point I was trying to make. Android isn’t original to Google in the very beginning either. My point was that at least Samsung wants and spends time and effort into developing their own OS. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if Google is going to get annoyed in the end that HTC, Sony, LG (and Samsung) and others are using the Android name to boost sales. If Google eventually forces all other companies into making their own OS or use vanilla Android, it wouldn’t come as a big surprise to me.

  • Lisandro O Oocks

    For as long as Android is open, I will stand behind Android over any OS.
    There’s a lot of talk from other OS’s but nothing compares.

    • EnX$$

      Android forever there is no way anyone can beat android.

  • T.J.

    Honestly I’m sick of Samsung at this point. I hope they fail miserably. Their touchwiz is basically a fork already.

  • APai

    we need a balance – for far too long we have had the US companies dominating this space – microsoft, google, amazon, ebay, facebook, yahoo, etc.

    i think in the wake of NSA, we need europe and asia coming together to even things out a bit or even for leverage. USA clearly can’t keep its hands off the cookie jar – be it access to tubes, security, or trust.

    even though US itself drove the creation – thanks to NSA/ five eyes – it all seems like they were bent on creating a huge spy machine rather than development for all. it seems that it was all for their convenience!

  • Jaun Lombard

    WOW people are hating SAMSUNG! Tizen is a better platform than Android…just go read articles…every app developer will tell you the same! Android is not optimized to run on every appliance, but Tizen is. IT IS NOT ABOUT JUST THE SMARTPHONES PEOPLE. ITS ABOUT SAMSUNG AND OTHER PLAYERS WANTING TO CONNECT ALL DEVICES TOGETHER AND TO ME THAT IS THE FUTURE!

    I love ANDROID…that is why I read Android Authority like 3 times a day! I do think Tizen will be very good…just limited apps, but developers can easily take Android apps and convert them to Tizen.

    • NeedName

      yeah, WebOS was, said by Palm, designed to run on anything and everything. . . that’s what they said, but that wasn’t true. . . .

      Would rather have QNX than Tizen. . . just sayin’

    • SSDROiD

      I really don’t get the hate against Samsung. They’ve shown the world what it possible with a smartphone with hundreds of extremely cool sensor and software features, and yet they still receive hatred. The Google Play Store is terrible, but most people don’t complain about that, for some reason. I, for one, am so excited for the day that I can purchase my first Tizen smartphone.

  • Andre

    I don’t really care who makes what hardware, but Samsung is playing a dangerous game here. How often have we seen BIG companies make the stupidest mistakes… you go Samsung, we will see you on the sidelines crying over Tizen as Android squashes that little bug.

    • abazigal

      Android by which company again?

      As mentioned, Samsung (and to some extent, Google itself) is pretty much the only company to have any success with Android. The other OEMs are barely making a dent in the Samsung / Apple duopoly, much less breaking even. The next best runner-up, HTC, is also floundering in the water.

      Let’s say for a moment that Samsung goes ahead and dumps Android for Tizen. Name me one other company big or influential enough to step in and fill up the void left by Samsung?

  • Jake

    There is simply no room for another OS. It’s a pure waste of money.

    • SSDROiD

      3 mobile operating systems = no more room? Hahahaha come back in 50 years, we’ll have 7 operating systems to deal with.

  • Cao Meo

    I don’t see anything new here, Samsung has been using Tizen as a balancing weight in relationship with Google for several years now, and there’s no substantial investment into that OS. An annual investment of $20M is just laughable for a serious OS and its ecosystem.

    We saw that WP8 also had a lot of partners at launch, what have they done so far?

  • Adon

    Looks like some (actually,Alot) of manufactures,really SEE Google as a BIG threat. Blackberry were are you,get you Android and Phablet ready. Am surprised to see service providers, Orange,Skytelcom and Vodafone,very interesting. Even LG ,seriously,something big is cooking up at Google,but what could it be.

  • Sabin Bajracharya

    Just a thought, if tizen becomes hugely popular and android dies just like symbian(which I dont want), will androidauthority change their name to tizenauthority? :D

  • David Dunshea

    Samsung freedom of choice, HA.
    The bloatware they put on your phone is poorly written and you can’t get rid of it. They lock your fine to a country. God help us all.
    I have had many different phones including Samsung. I do consider the Nokia 920 the toughest phone I ever owned and the HTC one the best looking phone I ever owned, the iPhone the best quality phone I ever owned. Sorry Samsung you miss out on all, but do do like the note 3 and the pen but that’s the only thing that has made me buy one
    But you know what guys except for the toughness of the Nokia the Nexus 5 has me the price at half the others in Australia with high specs is the winner.
    No wonder Samsung is scared.

  • Groud Frank

    Tizen was developed by the same company that made Samsung Kies, right? Haha, no thanks. Tizen’s only true value is as a “competitor” to Android, to stop Android from resting on their laurels.

  • SOMFW

    Yada, Yada, yada!
    Every month or so we see this same article, prediction, “what if” would of, should of, could of! It’s boring and old news. With that said… Remember Ubuntu, Mozilla OS, BB, HP’s OS etc? I didn’t think so.
    I can’t say what the future will bring, but I can say two OS’s is probably enough. P.C.s proved that. Remember all the Linux Windows killers. Chrome OS etc…
    People won’t adopt a new system just because it’s new, this isn’t a flavor of the month Social Media app were talking about.
    This article and the 100′s before it , should stick to the Demise of BB and whether or not windows will ever catch iOS. After all, the premise of this version of the story is that Apple had iOS, Googlerola has Android and MS-Nokia has Windows. Therefore Samsung needs Teizen. Using that analogy, HTC needs it’s own OS. so does Sony etc. When will it end?
    If however somebody introduces a new OS that is Free, better. Faster and has some incredible yet unknown must have feature along with Free phones and Battery life that it’s at least 100% better then what we have today. This article and the 100s before it, will prove to be nothing more then fantasy.
    As to all the new “partners” this happens constantly. They are hedging their bet. Or, to simplify it, covering their A$$, just Incase. Soon some ” journalist” will report either Apple, Google or both are involved too!
    All you need to know is Panasonic is involved, they haven’t picked a winner since?

  • Keith Taylor

    Wouldnt it have been less expensive and more expedient if they had just bought Web OS or BB. They would have already had a working OS and could have just updated it and turned it into what they wanted. BB has great security and Web OS was just a really good system. I still use my Touch Pad and love the fact that I it has flash so that I can see most websites as they are.

  • Alu Zeros

    I doubt it will gain as much traction as Ios, Android, or Windows. You have to have an ecosystem around it.

  • Tran Nguyen

    Tizen is missing one member : MAP

  • JESS

    TIZEN?!!!!! one word…. BURNNN!!

  • jeff

    Sounds like SAMSUNG is getting a little greedy.

    • Yesenia

      There is simply no room for another OS. It’s a pure waste of money.

  • dexter

    wow, sooo many haters, just like when the FIRST galaxy note arrived, its literally the same situation…

    You all can call me a time traveller, but 1 year from now Galaxy GEAR will go big!!, along with the smartwatch revolution…, its just like phablets. Of course im not getting one anytime soon, but stop hating on these new experiements, at least there is something to see in the tech world, rather than boring phones every month!!